Saturday, April 19, 2008

.grilled cumin salmon with chipotle blackberry sauce.

I'm on my kick again to find a signature dish to prepare for Chef Gordon Ramsey when and if I ever decide to go on Hell's Kitchen. Since I am a native Seattle-ite, I thought I would try creating something that screams "Pacific Northwest" but put my own creative spin on it.
So what could be more Seattle-ish than salmon (KING salmon.. not that Atlantic salmon stuff) and blackberries?
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
  • Salmon fillets
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Chipotle pepper
  • Cumin
  • Shallot
  • Lemon
  • Chardonnay
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper

Let's make the sauce, shall we?

Begin by mincing finely one shallot. I made a little extra because I made a risotto to go with the salmon.

In a blender, put 2 cups blackberries, 1 cup chardonnay wine, and 1 chipotle pepper.


Pour the puree into a sieve and strain. You'll need to move the liquid around with a rubber spatula or something because it's thick. The seeds like to clog up the sieve.

In a saucepan, heat a little olive oil. Saute the shallot for about 30 seconds before pouring in the strained blackberry puree.

Cook over medium heat until the sauce has been reduced and is thick like bbq sauce.

While the sauce is reducing, cut one lemon in half and rub on the salmon. This will give the cumin something to stick to. Rub cumin on top.

Put on the BBQ grill, skin side down. Cook on that side for about 7-8 minutes. Flip and grill the top. Don't do it the other way around because the flames from the grill will burn it to a crisp. The skin helps protect the fish. If the skin is charred, that's okay! You're not going to eat it anyway.

Man my husband does a great job on the grill. Look at these beauties! The salmon will be firm but not hard. If it's spongy, your salmon is going to be raw in the center.

Do a rough chop on the cilantro.

This will be the garnish.

Plate your salmon . Spoon on some of the blackberry sauce. Garnish with fresh blackberries and cilantro.

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Jackie S. said...

That looks FABULOUS!!!! Is there any way that you could post your risotto recipe, I am dying to find a good one.

squillen said...

Sure Jackie! I'll post it later!


Anonymous said...

This looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I love Salmon and this is exquisite. I'll have to try it and then I'll rate it.
Keep it up!

Peg Graham said...

Oh Yum, Oh Yum, Oh Yum!!!!!!!
I have you on my blog!