Recipe -- Salmon Success!

I have to say that I am not the biggest salmon fan. Sometimes I get the courage to order it when it sounds really good on a menu (Flying Biscuit -- scrambled eggs + salmon) -- but am quickly disheartened when it tastes like... fish.

This recipe is for people who want to try out a "different" kind of seafood recipe and something EASY. Unfortunately not cheap... so either save it for a special occasion or get it on sale. Whatever floats your boat!



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I actually took a photo of it with my iphone and had to scrap it because you can see how even a professional can't make this look very pretty. Look, blueberry sauce looks like black tar on camera... so enjoy the better photo and know that it tastes 10 times better ;)

What you need:

* 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing
* 3/4 cup sliced shallots (but we used minced onion)
* 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 (didn't use "fresh" thyme :)
* 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) (only used 2 fillets)

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat (note: we used large sauce pan). Add shallots/onions; 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.

Add some olive oil to your skillet and warm to medium-high heat. Brush salmon on both sides with oil; sprinkle with coarse salt, thyme, allspice, and black pepper (pretty much just season both sides of fillets. Ours were thick so it's not exactly "sprinkling" haha).

Cook salmon until just opaque in center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plates. Spoon sauce over salmon and serve immediately.

Let me just say this did not have that fishy taste and once you have your ingredients, it is EASY to make. Yummmm. It was soo good. Kisses to my chef for picking this one :)

We saved about 4 more recipes from Epicurious. So far so good. My favorite thing about the website is that they have an app for your iphone so it downloads all the ingredients you need as a grocery list! They even divide it by "produce, meat, spices, etc." We'll see how the others go!