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Salmon with Blueberries

salmon with blueberries

Zingy, earthy and a tart complement to the salmon. This dish was a hit. The recipe is from NYT Cooking. Again, Daughter Chef took some liberties with the recipe but it turned out magnificently.


  • 6 (8-ounce) fillets wild king salmon
  •  Sea salt, as needed
  •  Vegetable oil for baking sheet
  • 2 shallots, peeled and very thinly sliced (SUBSTITUTED: garlic cloves)
  • 1 and a half cups white wine 
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (SUBSTITUTED: white vinegar)
  • 4 springs fresh thyme  (SUBSTITUTED: 1 tsp dried tarragon)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half (SUBSTITUTED: 1 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 and a third cups blueberries
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  •  Black pepper


  1. Run your fingers over the salmon flesh and pull out any pinbones. Season fish generously with salt and let rest at room temperature while you prepare the sauce.
  2. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Oil a large baking sheet.
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, simmer together shallots, wine, vinegar, thyme, cinnamon and a pinch of salt until most of the liquid has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. Toss in blueberries, butter and honey; cook until berries soften and turn the sauce pink, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Place salmon on baking sheet. Spoon berry mixture over salmon and season with pepper. Bake until salmon is cooked to desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare.

NOTES:  From our experience, the blueberry sauce does not take 15-20 minutes to reduce, more like 5-10 on high heat with vigorous stirring. cooking time was closer to 15 minutes for us, but the salmon was pretty thick. Served with green beans and sunflower bread.

About Deb

Wife, mom, sister, pastor, chaplain, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved by the Divine, and grateful.

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