I’m not that big on Valentine’s Day. Especially going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day with a bunch of other couples forcing some romance. Just because you pay more for your meal and something might be heart-shaped, it doesn’t really mean you love each other more. After dealing with so much long distance in our relationship, we have come to value just being together as being special enough. We’ve been known to eat frozen pizza and ice cream on the couch on Valentine’s Day. (Note: I still believe that flowers are nice. Aren’t they always?). If we have a nice meal, it’s probably one I’m cooking at home. In all likelihood it will be something like this Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce.
We like salmon. He loves extra sauce everything. It feels a little special, like something we might overpay for in a restaurant. This is one of the first sauces I learned to make, and I was pretty proud of it. Smooth, creamy and lemony. The pictured version was my second attempt, which came out a bit different texture-wise, either an error on my part or Dubai cream just isn’t the same. I would definitely have had to pack up my knives on Top Chef, but the man didn’t seem to notice.
Pair it with something green like asparagus, green beans, or broccoli (pictured roasted with red pepper flakes and parmesan), add mashed potatoes and you have a complete fancy-enough-to-impress meal. Whoever you make it for will definitely feel the love.
Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce
2 salmon fillets
1/2 c heavy cream
2 Tbs white wine (chardonnay is usually what I have on hand)
2 Tbs butter
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbs flour
2 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice (1 for sauce, 1 for salmon)
1 tsp chopped fresh dill (extra for salmon and garnish if desired)
Salt & pepper to taste
To Cook the Salmon
Heat oven to 400°F. Drizzle a baking dish with olive oil and add salmon fillets. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of the lemon juice and salt & pepper. Add a pinch of dill if desired. Cook about 15 minutes, depending on thickness of the fillets.
To Make the Sauce
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook garlic for about 1 minute, then add wine and cook another minute. Add flour and cream while whisking in the pan. Reduce heat to a simmer and add lemon juice. Let simmer 2 minutes, then add dill, salt and pepper.
Top salmon with sauce and garnish with lemon zest and dill. Serve with sides of choice.