Copper River King Salmon

with Spinach & Lemon Cream Sauce

Salmon

Ingredients:

8 6-oz Copper River King Salmon fillets
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Spinach-lemon cream sauce, recipe follows

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°.

Rub salmon lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 7-10 minutes, depending on thickness of fish. Remove from oven and serve with spinach-lemon cream sauce.

Spinach-Lemon Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup shallots, sliced thin
½ cup Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay
4 cup heavy cream (optional, 2 cup cream and 2 cup fish or chicken stock)
½ pound spinach
Zest of 2 lemons
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt and white pepper, to taste

Instructions:

Heat butter and 1 Tbsp of the olive oil in small saucepan over high heat. Add shallots; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in Chardonnay; cook until liquid is reduced by ¾. Pour in cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.

While the cream is reducing, heat a large saute pan over high heat. Add remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and spinach. Saute until spinach is completely wilted; remove from heat and cool slightly. Squeeze excess liquid from spinach and place in blender. Add reduced cream and zest; puree until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve and return to the saucepan. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

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