For the second installment of Dinner for Two, we’ll feature a grilled salmon entree that I put together recently. I love cooking and eating delicious pacific salmon. This night I found whole coho salmon for sale. I fillet fish just often enough to think it’s a good idea to buy whole fish at the store. When I get started with the knife, however, I remember that my skills are a little dull. The fillets turned out a little rough to the eye but otherwise just fine. The meat was a great color and while not as fresh as if I’d caught it that day, it was in pretty fresh. In fact, the only silver (or king) I hooked this fishing season got away from me alongside the boat. I had to settle for pinks on the line this year. I lightly dressed the fish with olive oil, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper so as not to cover up any of the fresh fish flavors.
To go along with the salmon, I steamed some green, green broccoli and roasted sweet potato slices. The colors went together very nicely. As the sweet potatoes were sizzling, I threw the fish on the hot barbecue grill. This was also the time to chose the wine. I paired WineGirl Wines’ 2008 Firá Chardonnay with the meal. The oak structure of this white wine could hold up to the rich flavors of the salmon. The zesty acidity and crisp fruit flavors would hopefully accentuate the freshness of the meal’s ingredients. And it worked. Try it for yourself sometime soon. To begin the meal, drink a little sip of the wine, swirl the wine in your mouth, eat a bite of the fish, and take another sip of the wine and you’ll be in a fabulous state of enjoyment.