Pairing Wine with Salmon – Cooking Recipes
Salmon Skin Rolls are a great appetizer and snack for all occasions. Whether you’re out at a fancy restaurant or hosting some friends in your home, this healthy and tasty starter is perfect for any event.
Benefits of Salmon
It’s no secret that salmon has numerous nutritional benefits for your body. It is a great source of omega-3 fats which are said to be essential for your body and it is important that they are part of your diet especially because your body is incapable of creating omega-3 fats itself.
These fatty acids help reduce inflammation as well as the risk of stroke and hypertension, it has been recommended by Health authorities to consume at least two oily fish meals a week.
Salmon is filled with a number of B vitamins which are very important as they help break down stored energy in order to keep blood sugar levels steady, help form new cells, it’s necessary for protein metabolism and for chemicals that help regulate bodily functions such as serotonin.
Salmon is a great source of protein which is something your body also needs. It helps heal you, especially after injury as well as retaining and gaining muscle mass during the weight loss. The protein you can acquire from salmon help to keep your tissues healthy and eating three ounces boosts your protein intake.
This fresh-water fish is incredibly delicious and can be cooked in numerous ways: grilled, baked, steamed, poached and smoked. But nothing beats a nice salmon skin roll.
Salmon Skin Roll – RECIPE
- 2 cups of Sushi rice
- 150g of salmon fillets or smoked salmon
- 2 Nori sheets
- Ground pepper
- Nori sheets
- 2 teaspoons
- Rice vinegar
- Wasabi powder
- Place rice in the saucepan, rinse, drain and bring to boil for 12 minutes on low heat. Remove from the hob and leave to stand for another 10 minutes.
- In another bowl stir the vinegar with the sugar, salt together.
- Evenly spread the rice onto a baking sheet and sprinkle over it with the vinegar mixture.
- In a bowl combine the wasabi powder and hot water.
- Season the salmon/salmon skin fillets and fry in a saucepan filled with � an inch’s worth of oil turning over until it is evenly crisp for roughly 3 minutes. Once done, drain and set aside.
- Place nori sheet down on a white mat and pat the cup of rice onto the nori in an even manner. Remember to leave an inch border all around. Once done, spread wasabi pastes across the rice and lay the salmon skin on top.
- Tightly roll the fillings within the rice and nori with the white mat.
- Cut as desired and serve.
There are many variations of salmon skin rolls that can be made to suit you and your diet. You can peel and slice cucumbers and avocados into strips, or you can improvise!
Salmon with Wine
What better way to accompany a salmon dish than with wine?
Back-in-the-day rules tell us everything we need to know about pairing wines with meats. The ground rule is simply that white wines go with white meats and red wines are meant to be paired with red meats.
However, salmon being the meaty fish that it is, is so versatile, that it doesn’t particularly subscribe to old school rules and can be paired with many wines from white to red to rosé.
When trying to pair wine and salmon dish appropriately it’s important to consider the seasoning flavors used in the cooking process, a level of spice, preparation style (grilled or poached) and of course the final sauce used. Simply the fact that it’s salmon is not enough to match the wine perfectly.
Here are some basics to salmon and wine pairing:
– Red wine is a great match for your fish dish particularly if you’ve grilled or charred your salmon fillet.
– A fresh white or a dry rosé is unexpected good for raw salmon dishes.
– When you serve salmon with something creamy it’s a good idea to pair with white wines like Chardonnay that are considered full-bodied.
– Smoked salmon can go with different types of alcohol including vodka and malt whiskey although it is commonly paired with champagne and great with Dry Riesling especially Young German Kabinett Rieslings.
– Chardonnay again is also a good complimentary drink if you’re having salmon fishcakes or salmon hash. To be honest, you can never go wrong with any salmon dish and chardonnay, it’s the most dependable pairing you can go for.
Salmon with Red Wine
Without a doubt, the best red wine to pair with salmon is Pinot Noir. The fruity taste assists in bringing out the flavors of the dish. Zinfandel, Grenache are the top choices for basic salmon, and grilled salmon.
Salmon with White Wine
White wInes are much more accommodating and are able to compliment a variety of seasonings and sauces that you would have on your salmon. The fuller body of white wine will match the weight of the fish as well as the way it feels in your mouth and can bring out the best in salmon.
Salmon with Rosé
Rosé wine tends to be quite a popular pairing with salmon as they’re able to copy the strengths found in both white and red wines making it a great happy medium as it has the best of both worlds. Champagne rosé is also a match made in Heaven.
Rosé wines are very food-friendly and are good value for money. If you’re unsure what to buy, your options are endless with:
- Crios Rosé of Malbec
- Muga Rioja
- Cremant Rosé
- Mirabeau en Provence
- Laurent Miquel Père et Fils Cinsault Syrah Rosé
- Montes Cherub
- Spy Valley Pinot Noir Rosé, Marlborough
- Mumm Napa Brut Rose
- Gama Rouge
Whether you want to go for a dry white, a food-friendly rosé or a nice red wine to pair with your favourite salmon dishes, it’s imperative to remember to always take into account the accompanying sauce, the most prominent seasoning in the dish, cooking methods as these elements are equally or even more important than the type of meat you’re pairing them with. Once you do you’ll be one step closer to becoming a salmon and wine pro!
This guest post was written by Lita Watson exclusively for Social Vignerons.