Friday, July 20, 2012

FFwD - Salmon with Basil Tapenade


This week's French Fridays with Dorie challenge was Salmon with Basil Tapenade.  I don't often cook salmon, not because I don't like it, but because it is soooo expensive.  This piece of Tasmanian salmon cost me $9 - about the same price as I would normally pay for meat for the week.  However, I am a Dorie disciple, so for this week, I took the hit.

And what a very nice hit it was too.  I was glad that olive tapenade from a while ago was also useful for this dish.  This salmon was simple to make and delicious to eat.  I paired it with two other Dorie dishes allocated for this month - the ginger pickled cucumbers (first week of July) and the lemon barley pilaf (next week):


To see what the other FFwD cooks thought, visit the LYL section of the website. 

25 comments:

Rose said...

Your salmon looks perfect. My pan wasn't hot enough when i put it in and so I didn't get nice color on it. But it was still very tasty.

Guru Uru said...

Beautiful salmon dish my friend, it looks perfect :D

Cheers
CCU

Cher Rockwell said...

It looks good.
I went a different route & grilled mine. We had ours with the pilaf too!

Kayte said...

Wow that is expensive, but that looks like a large piece so maybe it is in line with what we get for pricing here as well. All that looks wonderful. You are such a good Dorie devotee!

Kari said...

This looks like a lovely way to prepare salmon - and now I'm looking forward to hearing about the lemon barley pilaf too!

Cindy said...

Great looking recipes. Hubby goes to Alaska fishing. He brings home plenty of fresh salmon, I'm always looking for new ways to cook it.

love2dine said...

Mmm it looks so delicious!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

This looks perfect for a quick but tasty dinner. I find salmon expensive too. A shame because it's supposed to be so good for us :S

yummychunklet said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the salmon, especially considering the price!

Maria Kyr said...

It looks really nice and super delicious!

Cathleen said...

I have actually, shockingly, never cooked salmon before. Even though I love it so much.
Yours looks SO good, I really need to try making some sometime!

Dessert By Candy said...

Nice, three recipes on the same plate! I know what you mean about salmon being expensive. I only splurge when they're in season so luckily have been enjoying salmon a few times recently. Do you find the fish standing up to the strong taste of tapenade?

Guyla said...

Good salmon is expensive! If wild salmon doesn't fit in my budget I just do without but like you I am a Dorie disciple so I forked over $15.00 for my fish! It was delicious, though, wasn't it? I envy you having tapenade on hand. That made this dish pretty easy!

Susan said...

Looks great! I love that you added peas to the pilaf - I was thinking that would be a great addition. I love it when the recipes all come together like this.

Ei said...

Nice job killing three recipes with one meal. I still haven't gotten around to making those cucumbers, of all the easy things in the world. They just sound lame to me. I'll try them one of these days. Glad you enjoyed your very, very expensive salmon.

Trevor Sis Boom said...

Looks good! I should learn to look ahead as that pilaf seems the perfect thing to go with this. And by itself I don't think it will make for an exciting post next week. lol.

Gracie said...

I am glad you made the salmon. Worth it, right?!

Guru Uru said...

Congrats my friend, do I have a treat for you :D
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Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Cakelaw said...

Thanks!

Cakelaw said...

I limited the amount of tapenade on top so that it wasn't overwhelming.

Teresa said...

I sometimes forget how lucky we are in Vancouver when it comes to seafood. We've got plenty of it at great prices. It makes up for clothes being so much more expensive than they are back east, I guess. I like that you did three of this month's recipes together - I was not that organized!

Nana said...

That looks fantastic paired wit the pickled cucumbers
and lemon barley pilaf. We all enjoyed this recipe
and will definitely repeat it again.

Betsy said...

What a great Dorie trifecta! I hope you enjoyed them all.

Juliana said...

Nice salmon...this is perfect for dinner...yum!
Hope you have a great week ahead :)

Mary Hirsch said...

Yeah, I purchased wild sockeye and I closed my eyes as I handed over the credit card. For Dorie, right? I think we all enjoyed this. I really liked the cucumbers also. That was a mixed bag for others. Haven't done the pilaf yet (yours looks delicious) but think I am going the salad route. Dorie's salad idea with pilaf looks delicious also. Nice post.