Baked Salmon with Robust Creamy Blue Cheese Sauce




Salmon fishing in Oregon

Kind of funny, Bubba (the seafood lover) reminds me now and then of how, when he and Matt were growing up, I used to never like fish or any seafood except for tuna and salmon, the 2 he didn't like at all back then and still doesn't.  And of course those were the only ones I served back then, pleasing Matt.

These days, I like fish and some seafood, serving it most weeks here, with Bill tolerating salmon.
 
That's when I pep up salmon for Bill and I at dinner time, turning to this piquant sauce uniting blue cheese, cucumber and dill for the salmon.  It's a perfect combo!

There's nothing bland about this little sauce which you can whip up in no time.  In my book, piquant blue cheese always puts pizzazz in a dish!





As salmon is readily available, versatile and simply delicious, the quick prep time of this recipe and its short list of ingredients, makes it an even better dish ~ perfect for a weeknight meal or company too!

Cook this for your dinner tonight:  salmon, with a zesty sauce; a little green salad, and broccoli, maybe a glass of bubbly, and Voila!  You have yourself a great tasty dinner!




By the way, the sauce makes a great salad dressing for a wedge of iceberg lettuce.  

It will make you wonder why you ever ate kale salad, for sure!


Yield: 2-3 servings

Baked Salmon with Creamy Blue Cheese, Cucumber and Dill Sauce

This piquant sauce will jazz up your salmon deliciously!

INGREDIENTS:

For the salmon:
  • 1-1/2 pounds slab of salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
For the blue cheese, cucumber and dill sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (light, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (light, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup English cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Dash of salt

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Place salmon on baking sheet, skin side down and brush with oil, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness, and until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. Meanwhile:
  5. Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Makes 1-1/2 cups





Enjoy!




16 comments:

  1. Pam, I like salmon but I do like it best with some type of sauce to kick it up a notch. I love this blue cheese based sauce as we both love blue cheese... Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! We love blue cheese and I sneak it in every chance. Have a fun week! Take care

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  2. I like salmon so much and this plate looks wonderful Pam!!

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  3. All Omega-3 fans (me included) will fall for your baked salmon recipe: easy, quick, and tasty.
    The picture with the salmon fishing in Oregon is great!

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    1. Hi Duta! I liked the picture also, misty, fishing and fall. Thanks!

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  4. I too "wonder why you ever ate kale salad" -- I'm sure your recipe is vastly better than anything with kale.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! I hope this offends no one, but kale is the last thing I want to eat!!! :-) Take care

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  5. Who doesn't love salmon?! That creamy blue cheese sauce sounds just as marvelous.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Evewything's better with blue cheese! Yum!

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  6. Looks very good Pam - since salmon has such a unique flavor it seems folks either love it or don't with few in between. We're lovers here.

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    1. You're right, Larry! No middle of the roaders with salmon. I like it straight out of the can, even as a kid. Glad you both like it there!

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  7. Looks so delicious, we love salmon. And the creamy blue sauce sounds amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! Salmon always works for me. :-)

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  8. We adore salmon and that sauce sounds perfect! It really is so easy to cook and very forgiving. Lovely recipe lady!

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  9. This sounds amazing. I love fish!!!! All kinds. ; )

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