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September is a fantastic time to cook up a fresh, easy salmon recipe and enjoy with a glass (or two) of fabulous wine.  In this post you will enjoy some tips on buying/selecting fresh salmon, a simple recipe for your fresh fillet along with a suggestion for the perfect wine pairing.

Buying Salmon:

  1. We always buy wild salmon. Wild in our opinion is healthier and just tastes better.
  2. Fish (including salmon) should never smell. If it does, it isn’t fresh!
  3. Fish should never be dull. It should glisten and be firm to the touch.

Salmon Dinner

simple salmon

This salmon and new potatoes dinner serves 4

Wine Pairing

Although there is a trend with Wine Aficionados to pair salmon with a Pinot Noir, we still like the fresh crisp taste of a white with our fish (that’s not to say that purchasing both to do your own taste-test isn’t fully worth it…). Note that our recipe below calls for white wine. For this recipe we recommend a nice Unoaked Chardonnay for tasting perfection with our wild salmon.

You’ll Need:

  1. 1 fresh, wild whole side of salmon
  2. 1 bunch of fresh dill chopped, stems discarded
  3. 1 shallot sliced in thin rounds
  4. 1/2 a lemon sliced in rounds
  5. 3-4 teaspoons of capers
  6. 2 glugs of white wine (open a bottle and enjoy some as you cook)
  7. 3 to 4 handfuls of new potatoes (basically 4 potatoes per person)
  8. Sprinkle of salt
  9. 3 pats of butter


  1. Heat grill or oven to 425 F.
  2. Run salmon under cold water and pat with paper towel to ensure it’s dry.
  3. Remove any pin bones.
  4. Boil water and place new potatoes in with a sprinkle of salt. Boil for 10 min, drain and add pats of butter, some dill, a sprinkle of sea salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
  5. Make a tinfoil packet (using heavy-duty tinfoil) and place salmon filet (skin side down) inside.
  6. Place sliced shallots overlapping in a row over middle of fillet.
  7. Do same with lemon rounds.
  8. Sprinkle with chopped dill and capers.
  9. Add white wine ensuring you have poured over entire filet. Extra wine may pool around the fillet but not to worry, your packet will keep it in and it will help to steam the salmon.
  10. Close your tinfoil packet so steam produced stays inside.
  11. Place on grill or in oven and bake/grill for 12-15 minutes.
  12. When done, the salmon should be light pink and opaque and flake nicely with a fork.

Plate salmon using a spatula, add the new potatoes and serve with your favourite green salad.




Author: Dwaina

I am devoted to making people love living in their homes. I have done that with absolute joy for most of my life and as a career for the past 20 years or so... I am a homebody – I do not actively seek adventure but I have had adventures. I believe home is the most sacred and important place in the world. I say I grew up on a farm – but I doubt technically it would qualify as a farm. Five acres – one milk cow – one calf - we ate them when they grew up, lots of chickens and a few pigs – we ate them too… I was that kid who dragged rugs and furniture out to the orchard and set up outdoor rooms. It mixed my two favourite things – outside and comfortable furniture. My friends and I would sleep outside in my “rooms”. It was magical because my ceiling was full of stars. I have lived in small houses, big houses, basement suites, cottages, condos and apartments. I have built and I have renovated houses. For a short time in my young life I was without a home – this changed me. I have lived with pets, wanted and unwanted – rodents are unwanted… I have lived in a house richly full with the raising of my four children. I have had the tremendous joy of my children carrying my grandchildren into my home. I have had my home become an “empty nest” and my life shrunken and shattered with the loss of my beloved husband. Home and my people there have always been my comfort. It does not matter where home is, it only matters that you are in it and that you find comfort there and that is why I do what I do.
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