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Author Notes: Well my Hungarian grandmother never made salmon, but she cooked just about everything with sour cream and sweet smoked paprika. I have added dill, capote capers and Rainier cherries to this dish. The middle photo shows a close up of the sauce.This is what is on my table for lunch today. - Sagegreen —Sagegreen
Food52 Review: I don't know how Sagegreen came up with this combo, but we've found a new favorite for salmon! The cherries and capers create a nice yin-yang of salty and sweet, with the smoked paprika leaving a nice finish. It's an added bonus that this is quick to make. – FrozenFoodie —The Editors
The cherry paprikash sauce
- 3 ounces sour cream or premium thick plain Greek yogurt, fage
- 4 ounces EVOO
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons premium capote capers
- 8 Rainier yellow cherries, chopped and pitted, using all the juice
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon fresh dill
- 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
- Whisk the sour cream with the olive oil.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients. Keep cool.
- oil for searing (grapeseed or olive)
- 8 ounces fresh salmon steak fillet
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground green peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
- 1 cup red onion sliced into rings and halved
- 2/3 cup Rainier cherries, pitted and halved
- 1/2 cup white wine
- dill for garnish
- 4 lemon wedges
- pinch of kosher salt
- Heat a heavy pan (using high heat).
- Add a light amount of a good cooking oil.
- Sprinkle the salmon with paprika and ground pepper.
- Quickly sear the salmon on both sides so that it is crusty on the outside but still all pink inside.
- Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onions and cherries.
- Add the wine and reduce. Don't overcook the salmon: keep it at least a little pink inside, if not more.
- Add salt. Ready to plate: Add some hot onions and cherries over the salmon. Spoon the cool cherry sauce on top. Garnish with dill and lemon wedges.
- This recipe is a Community Pick!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Condiment
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Cherries