Let’s face it, salmon could use a facelift. So we wanted to share an easy, but wickedly flavorful recipe that will take your salmon up a notch! This Salmon with Mango Lime Cream Sauce will leave you licking the plate and coming back for more!
How to Cook the Salmon Fillets
Oven-baked salmon seasoned with salt and pepper may sound basic, primarily because it is! This is probably the simplest way to cook these fillets, but there are two reasons why this is the method of choice for this recipe.
First, it allows the salmon to be the star without some heavy seasoning covering it up during the cooking process.
Second, having a simple preparation of salmon really lets the sauce make its presence known and, most importantly, combines with the fish to create the magic of the dish. The sauce is the true hero here, and we wanted to make sure it shows!
The Magical Mango Lime Cream Sauce
So, what about this sauce? It may sound a bit “out there,” but it really is just about making sure flavors go together, are prepared together in the right way, and are used in proportions that make your final sauce sing like an opera star!
The mango-lime combo with salmon is a match made in heaven! There are tons of great recipes for salmon with mango out there that are always a hit (like this Blackened Salmon with Mango Salsa recipe)! So adding this flavor combo to cream for a sauce makes all the sense in the world!
The key to making a good cream sauce is patience. Don’t boil it to reduce it just because it should be thick. You must take the time to get the flavors to infuse in the sauce. So simmering the sauce and giving it the time it needs is important here.
We chose vegetable stock as part of the base in the cream sauce. But you can certainly use a different stock to start the process. A light seafood or fish stock would be great as well, but we had a beautiful homemade vegetable stock handy; and it is our personal preference anyway.
Using a little cayenne pepper helps balance the dish a little without making it “spicy.” If you can find the French pepper called Espelette, grab some and use it here! It has a unique taste that really is hard to describe, but if you like cayenne, paprika, etc., you’ll love this French Basque pepper!
We hope that you enjoy this recipe for Salmon with Mango Lime Cream Sauce! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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