I was stoked a few weeks ago when Matt came home from the grocery store with fresh salmon fillets. Matt doesn’t like salmon, so whenever we have it in the house I get to make whatever I want with it. I had homemade lox on the brain (something Matt hates most).
There was a catch though. Damn.
He says to me, “I bought this so you can make me a salmon recipe that I’ll actually like.” With that, I tossed the fillets in the freezer to be forgotten for 3 long weeks until today when I came across the PERFECT recipe. Italian-style shallow fried monkfish scalopinne in a red wine sauce from my favourite Italian cookbook Molto Italiano.
I thought it would work really well with salmon and gave it a go.
As a bonus I got to use the first of the fresh sage from my herb garden:
And how did it turn out?
Okay, so it’s not the most photogenic meal ever, but it was a definite SUCCESS!
To quote the husband: “This is restaurant quality. Maybe even better.”
Best Compliment Ever.
I guess I just have to work on my presentation skills before I can start serving this dish up to the masses.
Salmon Scaloppine with Red Wine and Sage
Adapted from Molto Italiano
- 1/4 cup durum semolina (or all purpose flour)
- Salt and pepper
- 1-pound piece salmon fillet, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 c. diced white onion
- 8 fresh sage leaves
- 12 small manzanilla olives, sliced
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce of choice
- 2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
Place the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper.
Pound each salmon slice with a mallet to a 1/4-inch thickness.
Heat the olive oil in a 12- to 14-inch nonstick pan over medium high heat.
Dredge the fish in the seasoned flour and sauté in the hot oil until golden brown on both sides, 5 to 6 minutes total.
Remove the fish and keep warm.
Add onion and sage to the pan and sauté 3 minutes, until softened and starting to brown.
Add the wine, the tomato sauce, and the olives and bring to a boil.
Reduce temperature to a simmer and return the fish to the pan.
Add the cold butter, and simmer for 5 minutes. The sauce should thicken slightly to coat the fish.
Man I love Italian cooking