Salmon with Mushroom Orzo and Red Wine Sauce

Salmon With Mushroom Orzo And Red Wine Sauce Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


In this delicious dish from Asterix & Obelix, the orzo is toasted before it's cooked, giving the pasta a nice nutty flavor.

From Bon Appetit December, 1999.


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15 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


  • 7 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 large
    onion, sliced
  • 2 c
    dry red wine
  • 2 c
    canned beef broth
  • 8
    fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 lb
  • 6
    shallots, minced
  • 1 lb
    mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 c
    canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/2 c
    whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped fresh tarragon
  • 6 5-oz
    skinless boneless salmon fillets
  • 1/4 c
    unsalted butter, cut into pieces (1/2 stick)

How to Make Salmon with Mushroom Orzo and Red Wine Sauce


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; saute 5 minutes. Add wine, beef broth, thyme and 1 bay leaf; boil until liquid is reduced to 1 cup, about 35 minutes. Strain sauce into small saucepan.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F Place orzo on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in another heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots; saute 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; saute until golden, about 10 minutes. Add orzo, chicken broth and 1 bay leaf; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered until orzo is tender and broth is absorbed, stirring often, about 20 minutes.
  4. Add cream and tarragon; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and saute just until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side.
  6. Bring sauce to simmer. Add butter; whisk just until melted. Season with pepper.
  7. Spoon orzo onto plates. Top with salmon. Serve with sauce.

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About Salmon with Mushroom Orzo and Red Wine Sauce

Course/Dish: Seafood
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Greek

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