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I just watched this on Big Daddy's House with Aaron McCargo(winner of the Next Food Network Star) and had to share!
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste-Aaron uses 1 1/2 tbls.)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil, for frying (or olive oil)
- 4 (6 ounce) portions skinless and boneless salmon fillets
Blue Cheese Sauce
- 1⁄4 cup white wine
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
- 3⁄4 cup blue cheese, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, black pepper, paprika, salt, and cayenne. Season each piece of fish with the rub, pressing it in with your hands.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter and oil. When the butter has melted, add the salmon and cook about 2 minutes per side. The rub will give it a nice color.
- Transfer the whole pan to the oven and cook for another 4 to 6 minutes.
- For the sauce:
- Place the white wine into a medium saucepan and reduce by half. Add the heavy cream and allow to reduce.
- Add the blue cheese and whisk until smooth. It will get nice and velvety.
- Serve on top of the salmon.
Yummy! This was really great! I enjoyed it so much. Instead of frying my salmon, I put the butter and oil in my baking pan while I heated the oven up and then put the seasoned fish in the hot butter/oil. I only used 1 tsp of cayenne cause I'm a big sissy when it comes to hot stuff. For the yummy sauce, I added 1 tbsp of butter, 1 tbsp minced garlic, salt and a little paprika. I also used feta cheese instead of blue cheese because it's what I had on hand and I'm not too crazy about blue cheese. Thanks, Sharon for a delicious new way to make my salmon! Made for ZWT5 for the Kitchen Witches.
I ate a similar dish at Paula's in Fort Wayne IN a few weeks ago and simply adored it! Never before had I thought to pair salmon with blue cheese, yet it is a match made in heaven. Next time, I would make the sauce and add just 1/2 the blue cheese then sprinkle the remaining on it and place it under the broiler briefly to melt and brown. Thanks for posting...it was awesome!