Delicious Salmon with Spiced Red Wine Sauce Recipe

Greetings, culinary enthusiasts! I’m absolutely delighted to share my latest gem with you – an exquisite recipe for Salmon with Spiced Red Wine Sauce. This recipe pairs the distinct and robust flavors of red wine infused with ginger root and garlic with tender, flaky salmon fillets. Trust me when I say, this dish is perfect for impressing your loved ones or hosting an unforgettable dinner party.

Salmon is a versatile fish that can be cooked in numerous ways, but none compare to this spiced red wine sauce recipe. The wine-soaked salmon fillet is indulgently rich in flavor and texture, yet remains light and refreshing on the palate. And let’s not forget about the vibrant hue of this sauce – it’s stunning and will make your plate look like a work of art.

Through thorough experimentation, I’ve carefully crafted this recipe to bring together a harmonious blend of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing. And don’t worry if you’re not a wine connoisseur; even if you’ve never tried blackberry wine, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon before, you’ll quickly appreciate their unique characteristics in the dish.

So go ahead and dust off that cast-iron skillet. Grab some fresh salmon fillets and follow me along as we create magic together in the kitchen. Trust me; your efforts will be rewarded tenfold once you take your first bite of this delicious dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salmon With Spiced Red Wine Sauce
Salmon With Spiced Red Wine Sauce

If you’re a fan of salmon, then this dish is going to have your taste buds dancing for joy! Who doesn’t love the delicate and buttery flavor of fresh salmon? But what takes this recipe to the next level is the spiced red wine sauce that brings out an explosion of flavor in every bite.

Not only does this dish feature one of the most luxurious and delicious fish options, but it also includes a rich and decadent sauce made from dry red wine, garlic, cracked black pepper, and gingerroot. The savory richness of the wine sauce perfectly complements the buttery texture and delicate taste of the salmon, making it absolutely irresistible.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can turn a plain bowl of white rice or roasted potatoes into an Italian-inspired cuisine bursting with flavors that’ll rival any five-star restaurant.

And did we mention how quick and easy this recipe is to make? With less than 10 ingredients and no fancy techniques required, this recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you just want something delicious without spending hours in the kitchen.

So whether it’s for a romantic dinner for two or a family feast, this spiced red wine sauce salmon recipe is sure to please even the most discerning palate. You’ll love how easy it is to prepare, how scrumptious it tastes, and how healthy it is for you. Don’t wait around to try this wine sauce that will set all other sauces aside from your cooking forever.

Ingredient List

 A succulent salmon fillet swimming in a savory red wine sauce.
A succulent salmon fillet swimming in a savory red wine sauce.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious Salmon with Spiced Red Wine Sauce recipe:


  • skinless salmon fillet, sliced into pieces of about equal thickness (around 5-6 ounces each). You can also use salmon steaks, around 1-2 pounds total.

Spiced Red Wine Sauce Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup dry red wine (Pinot Noir is a good choice)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Optional sauce variations:
– Blackberry Wine Sauce: add 1/2 cup blackberry wine to the recipe ingredients.
– Creamy Red Wine Garlic Sauce: add a splash of heavy cream and/or grated parmesan cheese to the recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

Here are some possible substitutions and variations for this recipe:


  • Instead of using red wine, you can try using other red wines such as cabernet sauvignon or merlot.
  • If you don’t have fresh gingerroot, you can use powdered ginger instead.
  • For a sweeter sauce, add some brown sugar or honey to taste.
  • For a zesty kick, try adding some whole-grain mustard or Dijon mustard to the sauce.

Salmon dishes:

  • Instead of pan-searing the salmon, you can bake it in the oven or cook it on a cedar plank for added smokiness.
  • Try serving the salmon with a roasted red pepper sauce or a mustard-based sauce on the side.
  • For side dishes, try pairing the salmon with sweet potatoes or grilled vegetables.

Wine Pairing

Of course, wine is an essential part of this dish! For pairing with salmon, some good options include white wines such as a sauvignon blanc or chardonnay, or red wines like pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon would be good for the wine reduction recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Luxurious, rich, and velvety, this sauce takes your tastebuds on an elevated trip.
Luxurious, rich, and velvety, this sauce takes your tastebuds on an elevated trip.

Now, it’s time for the main event – the recipe itself! Making this Salmon with Spiced Red Wine Sauce is a fairly simple process that won’t take up too much of your time in the kitchen. You’ll need just a handful of ingredients, which are easy to find at any grocery store.


For this recipe, you’ll need:


  1. Pat the salmon fillets with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Season both sides with salt and cracked black pepper.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or any cooking oil you prefer) in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.

  3. Add in the salmon fillets and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until they’re cooked through. Turn them occasionally to make sure they cook evenly on both sides.

  4. Remove the cooked salmon fillets from the skillet and transfer to a serving platter.

  5. Pour the Spiced Red Wine Sauce over the cooked salmon fillets, making sure they’re completely covered in sauce.

  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

Spiced Red Wine Sauce

For the Spiced Red Wine Sauce, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon gingerroot, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

To make the sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat.

  2. Add in the grated gingerroot and minced garlic, stirring until fragrant (around 30 seconds).

  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of dry red wine, and let it simmer until it’s reduced by half.

  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper to the sauce, making sure to whisk it in thoroughly.

  5. Reduce the heat down to low and stir in 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, allowing the sauce to simmer for another 3-5 minutes until everything has combined together.

  6. Once the sauce has thickened, pour it over the cooked salmon fillets and serve hot.

Now that you know how to make this delicious dish, feel free to experiment with different variations and substitutions that suit your taste. You can also enjoy this savory salmon with a variety of wine pairings such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. Bon Appetit!

Substitutions and Variations

 Drizzle this vibrant sauce on top of your salmon fillet and take a bite of heaven.
Drizzle this vibrant sauce on top of your salmon fillet and take a bite of heaven.

If you want to add a twist to this salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe, you can try some of these substitutions and variations. You don’t have to follow the recipe ingredients and procedure all the time. Feel free to experiment and create new flavors that suit your personal taste.

For the red wine, you can use other types of wine such as Pinot Noir, blackberry wine, or cabernet sauvignon. Each type of wine has a unique flavor profile that can enhance the taste of your dish in different ways. For example, if you use blackberry wine, the sweet and fruity flavor will complement the savory taste of the salmon.

Instead of cooking the salmon on a cedar plank, you can also pan-sear or grill it. This will give it a different texture and flavor. If you choose to pan-sear it, use a bit of cooking oil and cook each side for about 5-6 minutes on medium heat until it’s cooked through.

If you’re looking for something creamy, you can make a red wine garlic sauce by adding heavy cream and butter to your spiced red wine sauce. You can also try a roasted red pepper sauce or a mustard sauce to complement your salmon dishes.

For serving and pairing options, you can pair your salmon with rice pilaf, roasted sweet potatoes, or risotto. The earthy flavors of these dishes go well with the rich taste of the spiced red wine sauce. Additionally, for those who prefer something sweeter, adding brown sugar to this recipe gives it a nice sweetness that complements the savory flavor of the salmon.

Overall, don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and techniques when making your salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe. Who knows? You might end up discovering a new flavor combination that will change how you enjoy this classic dish forever.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect excuse to indulge in red wine in the kitchen and get tipsy with flavors.
The perfect excuse to indulge in red wine in the kitchen and get tipsy with flavors.

When it comes to serving and pairing this salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe, you have plenty of options to choose from. This dish is perfect for a dinner party or a special occasion meal.

To serve the salmon, lay it on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes or garlic roasted sweet potatoes for an extra touch of flavor. Or, you can add some grilled asparagus or sautéed green beans on the side for a healthy and nutritious meal.

Now for the best part – pairing the right wine with this delicious dish! The rich flavors of the spiced red wine sauce pair perfectly with a bold and full-bodied red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. But, if you prefer something sweeter, try a blackberry wine or a red wine reduction recipe that complements the salmon’s delicate flavor.

If wine isn’t your thing, you can also pair this salmon with a refreshing white wine like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. And if you’re in the mood for something non-alcoholic, opt for iced tea or lemonade to keep things light and refreshing.

Whether you’re enjoying this dish at home or hosting a fancy dinner party, this salmon with spiced red wine sauce is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So grab your favorite glass of wine, serve up some delicious food, and enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 An elegant and impressive dish that you can whip up in under 30 minutes, perfect for a date night.
An elegant and impressive dish that you can whip up in under 30 minutes, perfect for a date night.

If you’re wondering whether it’s possible to make this salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe ahead of time, rest assured that it is! The good news is that both the salmon and the sauce can be made ahead of time and stored separately until you’re ready to serve them.

To make things easier, I recommend cooking the salmon and making the sauce on the same day, but storing them separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. The salmon will keep in the fridge for up to two days, while the sauce can be refrigerated for up to five days.

When you’re ready to serve the dish, reheat the sauce gently over low heat on the stovetop. Be sure to stir it often so it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pot. If the sauce needs to be thinned out a bit, simply add a splash of red wine or chicken broth until you’ve reached your desired consistency.

To reheat the salmon, place it in an oven-safe dish and cover it with foil. Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes for fillets or 15 minutes for a larger piece of fish.

This recipe is also great for meal prepping! You can poach or grill several salmon fillets at once and store them in airtight containers in the fridge for up to five days. When you’re ready to eat, simply reheat them in the oven or microwave.

No matter how you choose to store or reheat this salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe, I promise it will still taste delicious and flavorful!

Tips for Perfect Results

 From the first sip of red
From the first sip of red

To ensure that your salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe turns out perfect, here are some tips you should keep in mind:

1. Do not overcook the salmon: Overcooked salmon can turn out dry and chewy. It is important to cook the salmon just until it’s opaque and barely firm to the touch. The salmon will continue to cook after it’s removed from heat.

2. Use unsalted butter: The recipe calls for unsalted butter because the sauce already contains salt. Using salted butter may result in a salty dish.

3. Pay attention to wine measurements: It’s important to measure the wine precisely according to the recipe. Too much wine can make the sauce runny, while too little can make it too thick.

4. Let the sauce simmer: After adding the wine, garlic, pepper, and gingerroot, let it simmer for a few minutes until the alcohol cooks off and the flavors mix together.

5. Choose the right wine pairing: Pairing this dish with a Pinot Noir or any other light-bodied red wine will complement the rich flavor of the salmon and spice in the sauce perfectly.

6. Practice cutting skills: Slicing and chopping ingredients require some carefulness and accuracy. To prevent accidents when using sharp knives, have anyone skilled teach you basic techniques or refer to online tutorials.

By following these tips, you are more likely to create a flavorful salmon meal that your loved ones will savor every single time.


Now that you know all about this delicious salmon with spiced red wine sauce recipe, it’s natural that you might have a few questions. In this section, I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and provided detailed answers to ensure nothing stands between you and a perfect outcome. So, let’s dive right in!

Which is the best sauce for salmon?

As a sommelier, it’s my job to share intriguing tales about various types of wine and provide suggestions on which dishes they would go well with. Let’s talk about some delectable sauces that could complement different meals. For instance, the creamy lemon garlic butter sauce is a timeless choice that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Another great option is the honey mustard sauce that adds a perfect balance of tangy and sweet flavors to any dish. If you prefer something with a bit of a kick, tomatillo salsa verde could be the answer, as it packs a punch while still being refreshing. For a healthier choice, creamy yogurt dill sauce goes great with vegetables or seafood, and the white wine sauce could be the ideal partner for your next pasta dish. Miso glaze is a fantastic choice for those seeking a more savory taste, whereas the sweet and sour sauce is an excellent option when seeking something with a touch of acidity. Lastly, the teriyaki sauce offers a fantastic combination of sweetness and saltiness that’s perfect for meat and vegetables alike.

Does red wine pair with salmon?

Pairing wine with grilled or blackened salmon is a delightful experience. Some of the top red wines which complement these dishes are the light-bodied varieties, such as Beaujolais, grenache, gamay, and zinfandel. If the salmon is blackened or has smoky or spicy flavors, these lighter red wines are the perfect match.

What is the best red wine to serve with salmon?

When considering wines to pair with blackened salmon, Pinot Noir and Merlot are both great options. Pinot Noir is a classic choice that perfectly accompanies the dish due to its light body and fresh acidity. On the other hand, if you prefer your salmon to be spicier, Merlot is a heavier-bodied wine with plenty of dark fruit flavors that can help balance out the heat of the dish. It all comes down to your personal preference and how much spice you can handle.

Can you cook red wine with fish?

When it comes to pairing wine with fish, it’s best to opt for light or medium-bodied wines that have low or soft tannins. To enhance the flavor, it’s recommended to match the wine with the assertive flavors or sauces used in the dish, rather than base it on the fish itself. It’s also better to avoid adding lemon juice to the dish as the acidity may not pair well with tannins and might make the red wines seem flat, except for those that are very crisp, of course.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this salmon dish with spiced red wine sauce is an absolute must-try for anyone who loves a good meal that combines bold flavors and richness. It’s easy to prepare, and if you have the right ingredients at your disposal, as outlined in this recipe, nothing should hold you back from whipping up this salmon and wine pairing.

Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or simply searching for an elegant dinner idea, this salmon dish will impress everyone with its exceptional taste.

Additionally, the beauty of this recipe is that you can make various substitutions and variations, depending on what suits your palate best. For instance, switch up the dry red wine for Pinot Noir or blackberry wine to give your sauce a different twist, or try using different types of fish to experiment until you find your favorite pairing.

I encourage you to try this recipe today, and while at it, get creative with your sides too. You can pair the salmon with roasted red pepper sauce, baked sweet potatoes or even grilled asparagus. The options are endless. So next time you’re ready to cook up a storm in the kitchen, don’t forget about this spiced red wine sauce recipe!

Salmon With Spiced Red Wine Sauce

Salmon With Spiced Red Wine Sauce Recipe

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Prep Time 30 mins
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 379.4 kcal


  • 24 ounces skinless salmon fillet (four six-ounce center-cut pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cups pinot noir wine or 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 -2 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper (depending on your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in three pieces


  • Pat salmon dry and season with salt. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot and sear salmon on flat sides until golden, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes total. Add wine, pepper, gingerroot, and garlic and cook salmon at a bare simmer, turning pieces over once, until just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes total.
  • Transfer salmon with a slotted spatula to 4 heated plates and keep warm, covered.
  • Boil cooking liquid until syrupy and reduced to about 1/4 cup. Remove skillet from heat and add butter, stirring until incorporated. Season sauce with salt and pour over salmon.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 279gCalories: 379.4kcalCarbohydrates: 5.1gProtein: 35.8gFat: 16.3gSaturated Fat: 6.9gCholesterol: 101.8mgSodium: 131.2mgFiber: 0.6gSugar: 0.1g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Very Low Carbs
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