Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Week Two Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Blueberry Pan Sauce

This summer, I have developed a new appreciation for blueberries.

I have encountered different versions of blueberry balsamic sauces at various restaurants, topping everything from pork chops to ice cream. This recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine says that it's perfect for a rich fish like salmon, but I'm interested to see what you pair with it.

Grilled Salmon with Quick Blueberry Pan Sauce

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Active time: 40 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing
  • 3/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt plus additional for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme plus additional for seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice plus additional for seasoning
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 7-ounce salmon steaks or fillets with skin (each about 3/4 inch thick)
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint, divided
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon allspice. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add blueberries, 1/4 cup water, and vinegar. Stir to blend. Mash berries with potato masher or back of fork and cook until sauce thickens, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. Rewarm before using.
  2. Brush grill rack with oil. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush salmon on both sides with oil; sprinkle with coarse salt, thyme, allspice, and black pepper.
  3. Grill salmon until just opaque in center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plates. Stir 2 tablespoons sliced mint into warm blueberry sauce. Spoon sauce over salmon and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon mint. Serve immediately.
Note: An additional note from the editors on BA's website suggests adding a dash of lemon juice to the sauce to bring out the blueberry flavour.


  1. Yum! I have almost everything... except the salmon! I'm not normally a pink fish eater, but I'm going to try it!

  2. This sounds really good and different. I'm looking forward to it.

  3. Mmm... this sounds so good! Good thing I have lots of blueberries to use up!

  4. Ooh, excellent! This one looks great!

  5. Oh yummers! We haven't had salmon in a while and this looks like it will fit the bill perfectly!