Salmon with Crème Fraîche, Dill, Wine & Caper Sauce

Sep 18, 2021

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After a long day whether at work or out and about, our body craves a nourishing meal, but often we don’t have the energy to make what we think such a meal will require. I have good news – today’s episode will share a meal that is simple and quick to make, and nourishing, all the while including a touch of decadent lusciousness.

Salmon is a regular entrée in my house, and having a serving or two in the fridge after my weekly grocery run means I have options for a satiating meal that won’t take long. With a well-stocked épicerie which include what is needed for this recipe – capers and shallots, quality, yet everyday fleur de sel and butter – a simple sauce to top the salmon can be paired quickly and without making an extra trip to the market. Paired with a favorite roasted vegetable is a full meal and one that can be made in under 20 minutes.

Today, let me show you how.

Often, at least for me, the sauces made me hesitant to try any particular dish in a cookbook, but once you find a handful or just a couple of sauces you enjoy that pair well with your favorite protein dishes, you can have a meal cooked up in no time without the need of a recipe.

Crême fraîche and dill, complemented with white wine, capers and butter, work well for fish dishes. Have all of your ingredients ready to go, and in fewer than 5 minutes you have a sauce.

Just thinking about making salmon drizzled with a simple wine sauce excites my taste buds. Let’s get to the episode!

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Salmon with Crème Fraîche Dill, Wine & Caper Sauce

Simply Luxurious
A simple, seemingly decadent, yet healthy satiating salmon dish, ready to enjoy in 20 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 servings of King salmon or Sockeye Salmon
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 2-3 Tbsp crème fraîche if you don't have crême fraîche, a simple substitute is unsalted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp freshly chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • fleur de sel and freshly ground pepper to season the salmon prior to cooking
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil for the skillet, salmon
  • 1-2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 tsp capers (drained)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the salmon by seasoning the non-skin side with salt and pepper. In a skillet over medium heat, drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and place the salmon skin side down.
  • While you are making the salmon and the sauce, be roasting the vegetables in the oven – season with salt and pepper, drizzle and toss with olive oil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  • While the salmon is cooking on the first side, begin the sauce in a small sauce pan over medium heat. (1) Begin by adding the 2 Tablespoons of butter and melt, (2) then add the chopped shallots. Cook for about 1-2 minutes – they won't be entirely transparent yet, that's what you want as they will continue to cook after you add the remaining ingredients. (3) Add the chopped dill and capers, the fragrance in the kitchen is going to dazzle your senses. 🙂 (4)Add the wine and cook until 2/3 of what you added of the wine remains. (5) Then add the creme fraiche. Let the sauce warm back up as the crême fraiche will cool it down initially. Remove from the heat once warmed back up as you don't need to cook anything else regarding the sauce.
  • Flip the salmon after 4-5 minutes (depending upon how thin the fillet or serving is. Cook for 2-3 minutes more. Do not cook until entirely done, as you will let it rest for about 3-5 minutes. You want a soft pink throughout the salmon, but not a bright pink. The meat should fall on its own only with the slightly nudge of a fork.
  • Plate your salmon, then top with the warm sauce. Pair with your roasted vegetables and a glass of the wine you used to cook, and you are set for a delicious meal. Enjoy!

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10 thoughts on “Salmon with Crème Fraîche, Dill, Wine & Caper Sauce

  1. Yum, yum, yum!! This looks SO scrumptious Shannon! I can not wait to try this at home. Thanks for another incredible meal idea. PS. I also just wanted to let you know that I was the one who tagged you on Instagram the other day regarding the women who inspire me 😊 Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Shannon–oh how delicious, doable, and perfect for an impromptu dinner with friends or family! Plus–your well chosen “costume” for this recording was perfect as it drives home the idea how we can try to get things going for the meal before we change into those comfort clothes.

    Best,
    Robin

  3. We have seafood every Friday for dinner in my house – mostly fresh salmon – for all the reasons you mentioned. In fact, we just had Salmon last night (Friday).

    We come home from work, want to relax and unwind with a quick, simple, healthy and delicious meal. BTW, we also love your bbq rub and corn salsa recipe for summer, it’s been on heavy rotation at my house all summer! I will be adding this recipe to my meal planning for this coming Friday night!- Thank you, Shannon!

  4. This looks so simple and yum! Also, since seeing you roast your broccoli like this it’s how I always cook it now and it’s our go to veggie side.
    Thank you for sharing my burger – anyone considering making Shannon’s burger recipe I highly recommend!

  5. Thank you for including my favorite, salmon, this season. This recipe is just right on a busy evening. The timing of this recipe could not be better, I have a trip planned to my favorite fishmonger in the city this week.

    I enjoyed a brief close-up of your kitchen artwork as well! That photo must surely inspire you every day. Such an amazing opportunity to relive and use for your creative journey.

  6. Oh Shannon, I absolutely enjoyed this video today so much! From the scallops to cutting the flowers to seeing your kitchen and a glimpse of your home in the background! So delightful and very well done! And you are just so comfortable doing this. Thank you!!!
    And I was wondering if maybe some time you could give tips on how to be comfortable in front of a camera! I know that is not what you talk about here, but I was hoping you could help, not for doing a video, but just even getting my picture taken is hard. I am camera shy!! Just thought I’d ask.:)

  7. Thanks for another excellent episode! What I most appreciate in the recipes that you cook for us, is that they are very “efficient”: maximum flavour with minimum fuss, meaning a pared down number of ingredients, combined with wisdom, to create a great taste experience. That encapsulates, in my opinion, the spirit of TSSL, in the kitchen and in life. 🙂

    1. Ah, yes, and the last note: I could not, for the life of me, to cook in a blazer… You are a wonder cook! For me, it would be end of the blazer.. or I would need to use an environmental suit… 😉

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