19 January 2012

Today is reveal day for the Improv Cooking Challenge.  The premise of this challenge is easy: each month there are two assigned ingredients.  The participants must make a recipe using both ingredients and blog about it.

Improv Challenge

This month, the two assigned ingredients were lemons and sour cream.  I figured most people would be choosing baked goods or dessert of some sort, so I wanted to do something savory.  I love pairing lemon with salmon, and it's so easy to make a sauce out of sour cream, so this was kind of a no-brainer for me.

Salmon with Lemon Cream Sauce

½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
½ tsp grated lemon zest
2½ tsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp honey
¼ tsp fresh ginger, grated
Olive oil
4 salmon fillets
Dried dill, for garnish

In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, and ginger.  Add olive oil to thin out to desired consistency.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil.  Season salmon lightly with salt and add to hot pan.  Cook until browned on one side, about 4 minutes.  Flip over and brown on other side.

Drizzle sauce over salmon fillets to serve.  Garnish with dill, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

This makes for a very easy, but elegant-looking dish.  I served it over a bed of sauteed escarole.  

Come back on the third Thursday of February to see what I have made with carrots and ginger.

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  1. I also went the fish route :) Your salmon looks gorgeous, and I love the wilted bed underneath. Great recipe!

  2. Well, I'm allergic to fish so I won't be making the salmon part, but I've made a similar sauce that I've put all over fruit before and it's simple and delicious. Great Improv Challege!

  3. Hello fellow Improver! This looks like so delicious. I love salmon. Come on over and visit. We made a terrific soup for the challenge.

  4. This is a great minds thing. I also made salmon with a sour cream sauce. It's delicious. Yours looks pretty.

  5. Looks delicious! The sauce looks creamy and extravagant! I stopped by from the Improv Challenge!

  6. The sauce looks divine - makes me want to make fish for dinner! Found your blog through the challenge and I am following you now!

  7. Wow, this looks amazing--love it! I'm always looking for new ways to prepare fish, and this looks like a great option. Stopping by from the Challenge!

  8. I have been craving salmon lately and plan to make some this weekend! I will definitely give this a try! That lemony cream sauce looks awesome! : )

  9. what a great meal! lemon is always great on salmon it looks delicious

  10. Looks delicious, what a great recipe.

  11. Yeah, I've made a fruit dip with similar ingredients too, but this is far less sweet. I think I used flavored yogurt instead of the sour cream in that. Sorry you are allergic to fish!

  12. Honey and ginger sound like great parnters in that wonderful sour cream sauce. This is a great salmon recipe!

  13. Such a pretty recipe! Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

  14. I love salmon, this looks fabulous.

  15. I can't wait to try this salmon recipe - hubby and I are both fans of salmon and I need some new ideas for preparing it!

  16. Hello fellow ICCer! I love your salmon recipe: so yummy, so healthy! :)

  17. This is a really special dish - I'm making this tonight - thanks!
    mary x

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