salmon with juniper and gin

Aphrodisiac Salmon with Juniper Gin Sauce

Diva Dish with Diane Brown

Salmon is a perfect fish to serve as a part of a romantic meal. For starters, it’s rosy pink color speaks of romance. But here, I give “aphrodisiac” salmon a fresh, unique flavor by making a sauce with the aromatics of juniper, the berry best known as a main flavoring in most gins.

I’ve designed this aphrodisiac salmon to be the centerpiece of a boozy-themed romantic dinner. Check out the rest of the recipes from my “Hitting the Sauce” menu plan for some inspiration in planning a three-course dinner to remember.

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salmon with juniper and gin
Aphrodisiac Salmon with Juniper Gin Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This salmon recipe will surprise tastebuds with the unique aromatic of juniper. A perfect dish for an intimate dinner party or romantic dinner for two, its flavor is sure to surprise and delight your guests. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon
Diet and Health: healthy-ish, low carb
Seasonal: New Year's Eve, spring, Valentine's Day, winter
Ingredient: salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Created by: Diane Brown
  • 1 cup dry vermouth
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 tsp coarsely crushed juniper berries
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely crushed green peppercorns
  • 4- oz bottled clam juice
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 6- oz skinless boneless salmon fillets
  • 2 Tbsp dry gin
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  1. Combine vermouth, shallots, juniper berries, and peppercorns in heavy small saucepan.
  2. Boil until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 12 minutes.
  3. Add clam juice and boil until reduced by half, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add cream and boil until mixture is reduced to 3/4 cup, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking until melted before adding more.
  6. Strain sauce through fine-meshed strainer.
  7. Return sauce to saucepan. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Keep at room temperature.)
  8. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Add salmon to skillet and sauté until just cooked through, about 4 minutes per side.
  10. Meanwhile, re-warm sauce and stir in gin and lemon juice.
  11. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  12. Place salmon on plates and drizzle sauce over.
  13. Garnish with chives and serve.

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