Baked Salmon with Flavored Butter and Chives
Recipe type: Fish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2-3
An adaptation of a flavored butter recipe found in Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, 2001, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich to flavor fresh salmon.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 8 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • 1-1½ pound salmon fillet
  • Fresh lemon wedges
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a small skillet, saute garlic in olive oil over medium heat until it just changes color to just golden. Add shallots, season with salt and pepper and cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook until it is reduced by half.
  4. Remove from heat and cool completelyin a small bowl. (If not cool, you will melt the butter!)
  5. Add softened butter and mix together thoroughly.
  6. Lidia suggests that you then your shape butter into logs on 12" plastic wrap, roll it up and refrigerate for several hours or up to a few days. Makes it easier to slice just what you need later on.
  7. Spray an ovenproof dish with non-stick spray and lay fillet skin side down
  8. Top with 4 tablespoons of the flavored butter and sprinkle with fresh chives.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes until fish flesh is opaque and serve with lemon wedges.
Save the remaining compound butter wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator for up to a week. Good on steak as well.
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