Oh you fancy, huh? Caviar-topped salmon.

This is what we ate Tuesday night. The concept was mostly fueled by the fact that I saw a jar of caviar at the store and impulse-bought. Now what do I do with all those juicy fish eggs? I thought about sitting on a velvet cushion and eating it straight with a pearl spoon. But I had neither cushion nor spoon.

So here's my backup plan: Caviar-topped salmon with a white wine-butter sauce, haricot vert & rice. Portioned for 2 people.
 I started by getting the rice started in my rice cooker. Normally I prefer brown rice or wild rice but we were all out.

Next -- the white wine sauce:
  •  1/4 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio)
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 1 tbs. mayonaise
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan (medium heat).
  2. Add diced onion and garlic. Cook for a couple minutes until onions are translucent.
  3. Add white wine & lemon juice. Let it reduce. I let it go for about 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat. Mix in your butter and mayo.
Then the salmon:
  • 1/2 lb. of salmon, cut into 2 pieces
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbs. butter or olive oil
  1. In a skillet, heat up the butter or oil. I actually used a combination of both.
  2. Season your salmon filets. I seasoned fairly liberally with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Cook on medium heat. About 3-4 minutes each side. I start with the skin side down and don't FORCE any flipping. If the fish doesn't want to move when you gently prod it with the spatula, it's not ready to flip.
  4. Since I had room in my skillet, I actually added my green beans in with the salmon about halfway through. One less pan to wash later! I seasoned the beans with a little salt and pepper and removed them from the pan when they were a little tender.
Oops! I forgot to put on my diamonds! ;)
Just drizzle the sauce over the fish, and add a dollop of caviar on top. I used black whitefish caviar, which I bought for about $7 bucks at the grocery store. And good news is, there's plenty more left in the jar in case I come across a pearl spoon.