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Salmon in Red Wine Sauce

Dinner, Fish & seafoodTove Balle-PedersenComment
Salmon in Red Wine Sauce

Salmon in Red Wine Sauce

I had this dish at my best friends house, when we both lived back home in Denmark. Whenever I make this I can't help thinking about her cozy home, and her sweet sweet family. I really miss my Danish friend, that I grew up with and her family. I miss living an hour apart from her. Being there for each other whenever we needed each other. Even though we both live in the US, Texas feels like a world away from California. Love you M.

Normally you would use white wine with fish, but the salmon really pairs well with red wine too. I love making this for smaller dinner parties. It is fairly quick to make, and brings on bold flavors, and pairs perfectly with a couple of bottles of good red wine

Serves 4.


  • 4 salmon pieces, serving size, skin and bones removed
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 300 g mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 fish stock cube, or a good splash of concentrated fish stock
  • 500 ml red wine, the better the wine, the better the sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • corn starch dissolved in cold water to thicken the sauce


Put onions, mushrooms and fish stock, in a large sauté pan and place the salmon pieces on top. Pour in the red wine, so it almost covers the salmon. Put a lid on the pan and bring the liquid to a boil. Turn down the heat and bring it to a slow simmer. Let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes until the fish is done, and has turned opaque pink. Be careful not to overcook the salmon.

Remove the salmon with a slotted spoon, careful not to brake the fish. Let the liquid come to a boil again and thicken the sauce with some corn starch dissolved in a little cold water. 

Serve the salmon with sautéed spinach and rice.