A few months ago, our wonderful neighbors Tom and Alice drop – shipped a fresh caught Alaskan Salmon filet to our doorstep…just because! I had to do something special with that special fish. So I researched a recipe for salmon with vodka sauce. In a word, it was DIVINE!
2 tablespoons olive oil for the sauce, plus 1 tablespoon olive oil for the salmon
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 28-ounce canned crushed tomatoes
2 minced garlic cloves
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup heavy vream
4 fresh basil leaves, whole
1 teaspoon of salt for the vodka sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt for the salmon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound fresh salmon filet with skin
1 pound penne pasta
Preheat the oven to 425F.
In a large pot over medium-high heat, saute onion in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil for 8 minutes.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the garlic and let it cook with the onions for 2 minutes.
Add in the tomatoes, Vodka, heavy cream, basil leaves, salt, pepper, and butter.
Stir the mixture until well combined. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Place the salmon (skin side down) on a foil lined baking dish (or better yet – a Pampered Chef baking stone!)
Rub the salmon with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and bake for 12 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly to the touch.
Gently flake the salmon with a fork into bite size pieces. add the salmon to the vodka sauce and gently stir.
Cook the salmon with the vodka sauce for an additional 3 minutes.
Prepare the pasta according to the manufacturers instructions.