Hello 2013! Salmon Filets, Oh So Yummy!

Salmon Filets with Sauteed Onions and Lemons on Penne Pasta:

It’s the New Year and time for promises to change what we don’t like about ourselves, right? For me, wrong! This year I’m taking a different approach to the New Year — I’m adding on to what I do like about my life! We’ve all had our share of challenges over the years, but each and every year I’ve worked hard to become stronger, wiser and better as a person. What doesn’t break you makes you stronger! I like that saying because its your strength that builds your character and tenacity. What I’ve also learned is that you have to live your life for you, dig deep to get what you need out of life, to feel good. Feeling good is key to a great life, right? My New Year’s resolution is to do more of the good stuff: eating healthy, working out, getting my career back on track and staying on budget. Most importantly, I will be spending quality time with my family, slowing down, hanging with quality friends, working in my garden and teaching my children that we all have to work hard … but need to play hard as well!

After all the grubbing we did during the holidays, it’s time to get back to our healthy eating with these easy and tasty Salmon Filets. This recipe is simple to make but it’s also one of my favorite dinner party dishes. The Salmon comes out juicy and sweet because its cooked on top of the onions (so they don’t burn). Trust me, this recipe is a down home favorite!

Life is short, make time to enjoy it! This is my New Year’s Resolution!

Happy 2013!

Ali in the Valley

Photos by: Ali

Recipe for Salmon Filets with Sauteed Onions and Lemons on Penne Pasta:


  1. 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  3. 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned

  4. Essence, recipe follows

  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons

  6. 1 medium yellow onion, very thinly sliced

  7. 2 medium lemons, ends trimmed and sliced into very thin rounds

  8. 12 ounces penne pasta

  9. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  10. 1/4 cup sliced scallions

  11. Chopped fresh parsley leaves, garnish


In a large skillet or saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until just beginning to get translucent, about 3 minutes. Spread the onions out so they cover the bottom of the pan.  Meanwhile, lightly season the salmon on both sides with Essence.

Place the salmon fillets on top of the onions and lower the heat to medium-low. Top the salmon with the lemon slices. Cover and cook until salmon is just cooked through and the onions are caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the onions while the salmon is cooking. If they begin to burn, add a little water or white wine to moisten them.

While the salmon is cooking, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water. Drain and toss with remaining olive oil, salt, and scallions.

Divide the warm pasta among 4 large plates. Place 1 salmon fillet and the sauteed lemons and onions over each serving of pasta.

Essence Recipe:

  1. 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  2. 2 tablespoons salt

  3. 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  4. 1 tablespoon black pepper

  5. 1 tablespoon onion powder

  6. 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  7. 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  8. 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

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