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Broiled Bacon-Basted Salmon with Mushroom-Oyster Sauce
© Quentin Bacon

Broiled Bacon-Basted Salmon with Mushroom-Oyster Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6

This dish is great for Saturday night entertaining because it's luxurious and elegant, yet so simple to prepare. Adding oyster sauce to the mushrooms make them wonderfully rich.

  1. Two 1 1/4-pound skinless salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick
  2. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  3. 10 slices of bacon, 4 slices cut into 1-inch pieces
  4. 3/4 pound mixed mushrooms, such as oyster and cremini, thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  6. 1/4 cup finely chopped chives
  7. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  8. 1/2 cup hot water
  9. 1/4 cup Chinese oyster sauce
  10. Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  11. 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  1. Preheat the broiler. Lightly season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Wrap 3 slices of the bacon crosswise around each salmon fillet, spacing the slices 1 inch apart. Place the salmon fillets in a medium roasting pan and broil the fish 6 inches from the heat for about 13 minutes, shifting the pan halfway through, or until the salmon fillets are just cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon pieces over high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and slightly crisp, about 4 minutes. Pour off all but 2 teaspoons of the bacon fat and reduce the heat to moderately high. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and sauté them until they are golden brown, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate and stir in the chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons of the chopped chives and the minced garlic. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the hot water with the oyster sauce until blended. Add to the mushrooms and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Stir in the nutmeg, then whisk in the butter and cook until just melted. Remove the mushroom sauce from the heat.
  4. Remove the strips of bacon from the salmon fillets and cut each fillet into 3 pieces. Save the broiled bacon slices for another use. Transfer the salmon to a large platter. Spoon the mushroom sauce over the fish, garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped chives and serve immediately.
Serve With Olive-oil mashed potatoes and sautéed kale.

Suggested Pairing

Pinot Noir, such as one from New Zealand's Marlborough region. It's young, fruity and medium-bodied, a perfect red wine to serve with fish.