Saturday, April 6, 2019

Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarragon Tartar Sauce paired with a Sicilian Grillo #ItalianFWT

This oven roasted salmon couldn't be easier to prepare or more delicious to serve.  Tatar Sauce seasoned with  fresh tarragon adds to the flavor profile.  I served this dish for a dinner party paired with a white wine from Sicily.  Perfect.

Our Italian FWT group visited the Islands of Italy this month.  Come see what we discovered.

This month Italian Food Wine and Travel is being hosted by Jill of L'Occasion.  Jill chose the theme of Italian Island Wines.  You can see her invitation post here.

Each month the members of Italian FWT get together and post about what wines we tried based on a theme chosen by a member.  The posts all go live on the first Saturday of each month and then the members meet up on Twitter to chat about our discoveries.  You are welcome to join in the fun.  Just follow #ItalianFWT at 11 AM ET today and each first Saturday of the month.

I was having a dinner party and wanted to showcase the wines that I purchased for this event.  I made my menu and then I chatted with an agent at  I told him that I was looking for wines from Sicily that would pair well with my dinner.  

I explained that I would be starting with a Spring Vegetable Soup and a Sicilian Citrus Salad. The entree would be Oven Roasted Salmon, Macaroni and Cheese and Asparagus Almondine.  Dinner would be followed by a dessert of Lemon Bars.

The agent suggested two pairings.  The first was a 2017 Petradolce Etna Bianco that he advised should pair very well with the Soup and Salad courses.  This wine is made of 100% Carricante grapes.  This grape is indigenous to Italy and is normally blended with other grapes.  It is acidic with a distinctive minerality that they say is common to wines from the  Mount Etna volcanic area.  

It poured a very light yellow and you get definite crushed stone on the nose.  It paired better with the salad than the soup opinion.  That is not to say that it didn't pair well with the vegetables in the soup, but the acidity in the wine was a good match for the citrus in the salad.

The second selection the agent suggested was the Donnafugata Sur Sur Grillo.  Grillo grapes are most often used in a blend for Marsala wine however this grape stood very well on it's own.  The agent said that this is one of his favorite wines from the Island of Sicily and I can see why.  With a medium body and a touch of salinity it paired beautifully with the Oven Roasted Salmon that I'm sharing with you today.

When I went to the fishmonger he had several different salmon fillets from which to choose.  I chose a line caught wild salmon from Alaska.  It was expensive and worth every penny.  This fillet was nearly 6 lbs and was more than enough to feed 14 people.  The recipe that I am sharing is for a much smaller group but rest assured that you can use any size fillet you would like to suit your purposes.

The preparation couldn't be easier and the results couldn't be better.  The recipe that was found in Cuisine at Home suggested a Tarragon Tartar Sauce.  This was perfect with the tender, roasted salmon.

I took the easy route and chose the Island of Sicily because it was the only one with which I was familiar and the wines were easy to locate.  However, there are many Islands from which to choose and you can learn all about them in the posts by the other members in the group.

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Yield: 6 servings

Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarragon Tartar Sauce

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M
This oven roasted salmon couldn't be easier to prepare or more delicious to serve. Tatar Sauce seasoned with fresh tarragon adds to the flavor profile.


  • 1 (1 1/2 lb) salmon fillet, skinned
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. Miracle Whip
  • 2 T. fresh tarragon, minced
  • 2 T. dill relish
  • 1 T. capers, minced
  • 1 T. shallots, minced
  • 1 T. white wine vinegar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 t. dijon mustard
  • 1 t. sugar
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of Tobasco sauce
  • Lemon slices, if desired


  1. Rub both sides of the salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  
  2. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.  Roast in a preheated 400* oven for 15-20 minutes, until an internal temperature of 125* is reached, for medium rare.
  3. While salmon is roasting, whisk together the Miracle Whip, tarragon, relish, capers, shallots, vinegar, lemon zest, mustard, sugar, Worcestershire and Tobasco sauce.  Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  4. Remove the Salmon from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.  Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.  Serve with the Tarragon Tartar Sauce.


Adapted from a recipe found in Cuisine at Home, Issue #104
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  1. Wendy, like this recipe very much, especially the sauce. Thanks a lot )

  2. Great pairing of Donnafugata Sur Sur Grillo with the roasted salmon with tarragon tartar sauce! You are right about using Grillo in Marsala too!

  3. This looks amazing, Wendy! And I love Donnafugata wines. Don't think I've ever tried that particular one, though. I will keep an eye out.

  4. What a nice spring menu you have Wendy. We eat a lot of salmon, I'll look for this Grillo to have on hand for it next time. Unfortunately we don't have an oven at present but stove top will work!

  5. Sounds like the perfect spring dinner party! And both wines would be great to have on hand as the weather warms up. Thanks for sharing the recipe and your tasting notes.

  6. This salmon looks so delightful, particularly with the sauce. It also seems like a low-stress way to feed a group!

  7. You simple can't go wrong with a wine from Donnafugata! Wonderful post Wendy!

  8. Thanks for sharing your dinner party food and wine pairings, you have given me some great ideas for my next party! #salmon #Donnafugata

  9. I actually have this bottle of Grillo at home and have tried previous vintages. Looks like nice Sicilian pairings. Nothing like fresh Alaskan salmon. It was the best I ever had when I visited there. I actually have been looking up fish shares to get some fresh from there shipped ; )


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