Hot salmon is topped with an uncooked, refreshingly cool sauce made from basil, tomatoes, garlic pine nuts, and a dash of vinegar and oil. It is the perfect dish for a hot summer evening. I love how fast and easy it is to make. The sauce reminds me just a bit of a pesto sauce with fresh tomatoes added to it. Very yummy. Romesco sauce is a spanish sauce, I believe, and this is my un-traditional take on it.
This is the dish that I featured in my post, Keeping a Feast day. It is an example of how “feast” day can be quite simple! We got our salmon from a local fisher at the farmer’s market. It was thin, and beautiful. We made it that night for dinner and all of us enjoyed it. It makes my mouth water to think about it!
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Salmon with Basil Romesco Sauce Serves Two
We find that 1/2 a pound of salmon serves my husband and I and my two year old. But you could certainly up the recipe for more hearty eaters. You can very easily double or triple the sauce amount. Don’t be afraid to play around with the recipe as it’s very forgiving.
1/2 pound salmon fillet
A little olive oil and salt and pepper
2 roma tomatoes
1 garlic clove, peeled
sea salt and pepper
small handful of basil leaves
3 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon each of balsamic vinegar and olive oil
1-To cook your salmon you can follow many simple techniques. You can broil is like I did the cod in this recipe. Or you could grill it using directions like these. . I simply drizzled a little olive oil over the top, sprinkled a little salt and pepper over that, and put it in a preheated oven of 400 and cooked for 12 minutes, or until just done. Our fillet was very thin. If you had a thick one, cook longer. Fish is done at 137 degrees F, but once the flesh is more firm and flakes easily, it’s done.
2-While you cook your fish, make the sauce. Place chopped tomatoes, pine nuts and garlic in food processor, pulse until coarsely ground up. Add pepper, salt, vinegar and oil and basil. Pulse until basil is minced . Top cook fish with sauce and enjoy (But watch out for the small fish bones while you eat! You may want to remove them before saucing it).
So very simple and easy but so yummy! How you can go wrong?