Wine with salmon: 10 ways to serve salmon and the wines to pair with them
Salmon is in many ways the chicken of the fish world - an ingredient you can serve in many different ways and therefore match with a number of different wines.
That said, it’s a rich fish, often served with cream or butter and therefore a natural candidate to pair with a medium-to-full-bodied white wine like chardonnay.
Raw salmon such as salmon sashimi or tartare
Try a crisp fresh white such as a gruner veltliner or a dry rosé - a surprisingly good match with salmon sashimi as I discovered here.
As much about the zesty marinade as the fish itself. Torrontes from Argentina is a good pairing or - an unusual match but one I found worked well a while back - a Soave from Italy
Cold poached salmon with mayonnaise or a salmon terrine
Chablis is an incredibly reliable pairing for this kind of dish but other crisp dry whites like Pinot Grigio, Albarino, Sancerre or a crisp Chenin Blanc will match well too.
Warm salmon with a hollandaise or beurre blanc sauce
A classic salmon dish that matches well with a good quality oak-aged (but not too oaky) Chardonnay. White burgundy would be lovely. See also this pairing of salmon with leeks and chardonnay
Salmon en croute or fish pies with salmon
Again likely to be rich and creamy so Chardonnay should again hit the spot or try an old vine Chenin Blanc. See also this delicious recipe for salmon in pastry with currants and ginger.
Salmon fishcakes or salmon hash
Chardonnay again (this is getting boring but it is the most reliable wine pairing with salmon!). But a sparkling wine like Cava - or even champagne - can be good too.
Seared or grilled salmon
Here’s where things get interesting. Because salmon is a meaty fish if you grill or char it you can pair it with a red. Pinot Noir is my favourite match but a Gamay would rub along happily too. If you prefer a white try a dry Pinot Gris.
Blackened or barbecued salmon
If you cook salmon with Cajun- or Creole-style spicing it can handle a more robust red still. Try a Merlot or a Zinfandel
Salmon teriyaki or yakitori
With Indian spicing I’d be inclined to go for a white such as a dry riesling or pinot gris rather than a red. Or read about this surprising fino sherry pairing
If you found this useful see this separate post on my top 10 drink pairings with smoked salmon
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