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Red Wine Salmon Sauce

Updated February 23, 2016
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Deep burgundy red and thick enough to lightly coat a spoon, this sauce has a complex, interesting flavor. Take the time to make a big batch of red wine sauce and freeze it in small containers. Veal Stock or a mixture of half chicken, half veal will give the sauce more body.

Make-ahead note:



Red Wine Salmon Sauce can be refrigerated up to 5 days and frozen up to 1 month.

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, gluten-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Taste and Textureherby, savory, tart, umami, winey

Type of Dishsauces

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 large shallots, thinly sliced or diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup leek greens, cut into 1¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup celery, cut into medium dice
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pound salmon or other fish bones, cut into 2- to 3-inch pieces (the fishmonger can do this)
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock, low-salt canned chicken broth, or Veal Stock
  • 2½ cups full-bodied red wine (such as Rhone, Pinot Noir, or Burgundy)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Salmon with Lentils
  • Lobster
  • Almost any strong-flavored fish

Instructions

In a large saucepan or high-sided pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, and thyme and sauté for 2 minutes. Arrange the fish bones on top of the vegetables in an even layer, cover, and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the bones become opaque, 5 to 6 minutes.

Raise the heat to high, add the stock and wine, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and simmer until 1½ cups of liquid remain, about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine strainer, pushing down on the solids.

Pour the strained liquid into a clean saucepan and reduce over medium high heat until slightly syrupy, 10 to 12 minutes. Strain through a chinois or fine strainer. Taste and season. It will taste strong and salty and probably will need pepper only.

Variation:

For delicate fish, lighten the sauce with a little Basil Oil.

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