Seared Salmon with Creamy Leek Sauce Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 medium leeks, white and light-green parts only, washed well and sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup homemade chicken broth, or canned low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets salmon
  • Arugula, washed well and dried, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish
  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet set over medium-low heat. Add leeks; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add wine, and simmer until leeks are very tender, about 4 minutes. Add cream and 2 tablespoons chives; return to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Reserve half; transfer remaining mixture to jar of blender. Add chicken broth, and puree until leek sauce is smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Season fillets with salt and pepper; place in pan skin side down. Cook until skin side is well browned, about 5 minutes. Turn over, and saute just until fish is cooked through, 3 to 6 minutes more; it should still be slightly pink in the center. Transfer to a platter.
  3. Serve salmon with leek sauce. Garnish with reserved leek mixture, remaining chives, arugula, and lemon wedges.