Friday, March 19, 2021

Exploring Malbec outside of France Paired with Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon #Winophiles #FishFridayFoodies

This lovely salmon with it's Asian flavors pairs very nicely with a Malbec from Chile.  It features a soy glaze flavored with tropical fruits and is ready in a flash.  It is a lovely presentation that I was proud to serve to my brother and his wife, during the holidays.

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon with Malbec

Welcome to this month's edition of Fish Friday Foodies where my offering meets up with the French Winophiles event.

I am hosting our Fish Friday Foodies this month.  I also belong to the Winophiles group that is being hosted by my friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

toasting with sake

Over the holidays, I had several small gatherings as opposed one or two large gatherings due to COVID restrictions.  One of the dinners I hosted was for my brother, Dick,  and his wife Jackie. I wanted to make salmon because Jackie LOVES salmon however Jackie also loves red wine so I wanted a recipe I could serve with red wine.  Some research led me to want to serve an Asian Salmon with a Malbec Wine.  I decided to go with a completely Asian meal, starting with appetizers and a bottle of Sake.

As fate would have it, I had ordered up several bottles of Malbec for the Winophiles post scheduled for this month with the theme French Grapes Outside of France.  I had paired many of them and kept track of my tasting notes for Winophiles but I still had one bottle left. 

Malbec Wine

I decided to open it to pair with my Salmon.  Then I noted that it was time to have our members choose themes for 2021 Fish Friday Foodies events.  I opened it up to the others and put the theme of Fish/Seafood recipes to pair with Red Wine as the theme for this month so that I could tie the two together.  It's a blogging thing.......

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon

Let's talk about this salmon.  While Jackie loves salmon, my husband Frank is not very crazy about it.  I made sure that there were all of those appetizers for him and served up Vegetable Fried Rice (this recipe minus the chicken) as a side dish.  I needn't have worried.  He enjoyed this salmon as much as the rest of us.

Let's take a look at what the other Fish Friday Foodies cooked up for us today.........

Now onto the wine tasting part of the post.  I opened 4 different bottles of  Malbec from all over the world to share with you today.  The first bottle I opened was a Vinaceous Voodoo Moon from Australia that I paired with Eggplant Pizza.  This wine was smooth, fruity, deep and dark.  It paired very nicely with this Vegetarian Dish.

The Ben Marco Malbec from Argentina was medium bodied and slightly spicy.  I paired this with another Vegetarian dish of Pumpkin Stuffed Shells.  The spice in both played very well together.

I next opened a bottle from New Zealand that I paired with Mediterranean Chicken Legs.  This Giunta Malbec was very dark, pungent, almost skunky. It was very dry but tingled in the mouth, almost like it was carbonated.

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon pin

The Natura Malbec from Chile that I am featuring in today's post was very reasonably price at under $13.  It is organic and sustainably grown.  It is located in the Rapal Valley and is one of the top organic wines grown in Chile.  It is a "black" wine, as is most Malbec.  It has a nice spice to of the reasons I love Malbec so.  The fattiness of the salmon and the sweetness of the glaze stood up well to the Malbec. 

This was a fun experiment and I was surprised how much the terroir affected the grapes made to make the wine.  Malbec from France is called Cahors.  I shared 3 different Cahors and the pairings I made with you in this post in October of 2019.  My first experience with Malbec was also a Cahors that I paired with a Basque Chicken Stew. It was love at first sip.

I hope that you will join us for Twitter Chat tomorrow at 11 AM ET as we discuss what other French grapes were sampled from other parts of the world.  You will find us following #Winophiles.  Here are the topics we will be chatting about..........

Fish, Entrees, Salmon, Asian, Quick, Easy, Glazed
Entrees, Fish
Asian Fusion
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Pineapple Terriyaki Salmon

Pineapple Terriyaki Salmon

Delicious, heart healthy salmon fillets cooked to a perfect flakiness and glazed with an Asian flavored Sauce.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 23 Min


  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 2 T. tamari 
  • 1 t. grated orange zest
  • 1 (6oz) can pineapple juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 t. canola oil
  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine the brown sugar, tamari, orange zest, pineapple juice and a pinch of salt in a smal saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until reduced and thickened, about 15 minutes.  Set aside.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a large, oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Season the fish with salt and pepper.  Add to the pan and sear for a few minutes.  Turn the fish over and place in a preheated 400* oven for another few minutes.  Brush fish with the glaze and return to the oven for another minute or so, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.


Adapted from a recipe found at My Recipes



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  1. I haven't made teriyaki in awhile. I think I need to fix that...and get my hands on a bottle of Malbec. Thanks for joining me this month!

  2. I would never have thought to pair flavors like that with Malbec! This is going on my list. Thanks for sharing this, Wendy!

  3. We both went to Chile for wine this month! Great minds.

  4. We have a whole new appreciation for malbec after our trip to Chile and Argentina. Also love the look of this recipe!

  5. The salmon looks exquisite. I will have to try this.

  6. I think I have tried the Natura Malbec from Chile before. It's the best band for the buck. I love pineapple and should try your salmon pineapple recipe.

  7. This whole meal sounds SO delicious! I love Malbec but don't buy it often, I need to add a few bottles to my collection for the next time the mood strikes, and so I can pair it with this salmon sometime soon!

  8. What a delicious combo of salmon and pineapple, Wendy!!

  9. We live in a place where Salmon is revered so we'll likely be trying this recipe!

  10. Surprised these Malbecs went so well with such light fare! The wines from France have such grippy tannins but elsewhere they are more mild.

  11. It always so fun to compare versions of a grape from all over, and it sounds like you had some good picks! The salmon sounds delicious.

  12. I love when people create unexpected food and wine pairings. Fish with red wine can be tricky but, when it works, it's really great! We eat a lot of salmon and I'm going to tuck away this recipe for a future meal.

  13. I love that you compared Malbec from such a range of places! I have grown very found of Chilean wines and I hope to travel there someday as the country looks so beautiful.

  14. I think I may have my dinner tonight now :) Thanks Wendy!


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