Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato-Basil Sauce
Serve this delightful salmon on a bed of fresh pasta for an elegant, simple and nutritious meal.
4 large tomatoes, peeled and seeded*
4 (4-6-ounce) salmon fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- Place peeled and seeded* tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Process until a chunky purée is formed; set aside.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt butter and when foam subsides, place salmon, skin-side up in pan. Brown on both sides, until fish is just cooked through, about 6 minutes, depending on thickness of fillets. Transfer to plate and hold warm.
- In same skillet, combine puréed tomatoes and wine and bring to a boil, scraping any browned bits off the bottom. Simmer until slightly reduced, and sauce is desired consistency. Stir in basil. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Place salmon on individual serving plates and pour sauce over the top. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.
*To peel and seed a tomato, lightly score an 'x' into the bottom end with a sharp paring knife. Drop into boiling water for 30 seconds, or until skin just begins to tear. Remove with a slotted spoon into ice water. When cool enough to handle, peel off skin, cut in half and gently squeeze to remove seeds. Proceed with recipe.