Salmon with Mushrooms #SundaySupper

Salmon with Mushrooms,  perfect with Pinot Noir. Cooking Chat recipe for #SundaySupper.

We enjoyed a lot of good eating around the holidays, how about you? I love the special holiday food, but you can’t eat Filet Mignon with Balsamic Pan Sauce every day! So I was very ready for the Lighter New Year #SundaySupper theme, hosted by Gluten Free Crumbley. I thought this would be a great time to update and share my Salmon with Mushrooms recipe.

We feature wild salmon regularly in our home as part of our healthy eating plans. A few years ago, I had a salmon with mushrooms dish at a restaurant, and quickly set to re-create it at home. Mushrooms aren’t something I first think of to serve with seafood, but here they add a nice depth of flavor to the fish.

The salmon gets quickly pan seared in this recipe. I get the mushroom sauce ready first, then keep it warm as the salmon cooks. I typically get a fairly thin fillet from the tail section–avoiding the thicker cut that has the pin bones. If you do have a thicker piece of salmon, you can bump the cooking times slightly by flipping it back to cook an extra couple of minutes on the skin side at the end. But don’t overcook your salmon!

I often serve salmon with couscous, and you can do that with this recipe to stay with the light theme. However, when I make these mushrooms, I like to have mashed potatoes alongside, and put some of the extra sauce on the potatoes. We rounded out the meal with some sautéed spinach.

Salmon with Mushroom Sauce for #SundaySupper

Wine Pairing: If you haven’t enjoyed red wine with seafood yet, pairing Pinot Noir with salmon is the way to get started! Pinot Noir has earthiness that works nicely with the mushrooms, and salmon is plenty substantial to stand up to a red wine. This makes Pinot a winning pairing for salmon with mushrooms. So grab your favorite pinot and enjoy with this healthy dish! For a more adventurous red wine and seafood pairing, try this grilled tuna and Syrah combination.

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Pan seared salmon topped with a simple mushroom sauce adds depth to the healthy fish. Perfect paired with a Pinot Noir.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: seafood
Serves: 3 to 4 servings
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 oz button mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 crimini mushrooms, sliced (or other wild mushroom)
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ½ tsp dried thyme or herbes de provence
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ozs or more wild salmon fillet
  • 1½ tbsp canola oil
  1. Start making the mushroom sauce. Heat 1 tbsp butter plus 1 tbsp olive oil in a sauce pan or skillet over medium heat. When melted, add the shallot, cook until it begins to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a another minute.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms, along with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms begin to soften.
  3. Add the red wine and the thyme, cook for about 5 more minutes, until the wine has been reduced by about ½ and the mushrooms are fully cooked.
  4. Finish the sauce by melting in another tbsp of butter, and stirring to incorporate it into the sauce. Turn the heat down to very low and cover to keep warm as you cook the salmon.
  5. Start cooking the salmon by heating the canola oil in a skillet on medium-high.
  6. When the pan is good and hot, add the salmon, skin side down. Sprinkle a little extra oil on top along w a touch of salt. Don’t touch the fish for about 4 minutes.
  7. After searing the salmon on the skin side for 4 minutes, flip the fish with a spatula. Cook on the flesh side for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove salmon from heat and let it rest for a few minutes covered loosely with foil. The fish should still be very moist and have a dark orange color inside.
  8. Cut a portion of salmon for each person, and served topped with some mushroom sauce.

Salmon with Mushrooms. Cooking Chat #recipe for #SundaySupper.

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  1. says

    I’m all about wild salmon and eat it several times a week (no farmed stuff for me!). I never thought to pair it with mushroom sauce, but now I’m looking forward to trying it!

    • Cooking Chat says

      I agree with you on the wild over farmed salmon, Laura! I take that as a given when I say “salmon” but trying to make a point to specify when I remember.

    • Cooking Chat says

      Thanks Christie! I’ve been diversifying how I use mushrooms. In addition to beef, good here on salmon, also on chicken.

  2. says

    Mmm…I never would have thought to pair these ingredients, but I think I can see how they would work…and if there is a way to get my husband to remember a dish…it’s by stepping it up with mushrooms. Great idea!

  3. says

    Couscous and mashed potatoes both sound like winners to me–I guess I’ll have a side of both with this salmon! Looks like a fab recipe :)

  4. says

    I definitely did indulge over the holidays. A little too much. I rarely serve salmon because I am not confident with my fish cooking skills. I know one way to serve it cooked and one way to serve it raw. This recipe will come in handy. Thanks for the wine pairing tip!

    • Cooking Chat says

      This salmon pan-searing method is definitely the base of many of our salmon meals, Dionne. Easy & tasty!

    • Cooking Chat says

      Thanks! Some stick to white with fish but meatier fish like salmon does nicely with red in my book.

  5. says

    Dear David, what a delicious meal. The potatoes turn it into a comforting winter dish. I very much enjoy the pairing…sounds perfect to meal! Have a good day, Catherine


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