Grilled Salmon With Blackberry-Cabernet Coulis

Total Time
30mins
Prep
0 mins
Cook
30 mins

The berry sauce on this salmon should be nicely balanced between sweet and tart; judge the amount of sugar to add by the sweetness of the fruit. From a July 2001 Sunset Magazine. Wonderful with an orzo pilaf or couscous and a salad.

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon wine (or other dry red wine)
  • 2 12 cups blackberries, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 -3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 (6 -7 ounce) salmon steaks (1 in. thick, 6 to 7 oz. each)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine wine and 2 cups berries; whirl until puréed. Rub berry mixture through a fine strainer into a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan; discard residue. Add shallots, ginger, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Bring berry mixture to a boil over high heat, and stir often until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and more sugar to taste (see notes).
  2. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Coil belly strips of fish into center of steaks and secure each portion with a small skewer (such as the kind used for trussing turkeys).
  3. Lay salmon on an oiled grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook fish, turning once, until opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Set a salmon steak on each of 6 warm plates (remove skewers if desired). Spoon berry coulis (if cool, stir over high heat until warm, about 1 minute) equally over steaks. Garnish with remaining 1/2 cup whole berries; add salt and pepper to taste.