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Grilled salmon with caramelized onions

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Simple and healthy salmon dinner

Preparing dinner in less than half an hour is what we all need after a long day. Salmon is rich in omega-3s and onions are rich in vitamin C, so it's a perfectly healthy dish for the whole family.

Simple and healthy salmon dinner

The simplicity of grilling the salmon on a griddle with just a light sprinkling of salt brings out its natural flavor. Pairing the salmon with caramelized onions turns the dish into a sumptuous dinner.

Grilled salmon with caramelized onions recipe

Serves 2


  • 1 big white onion, sliced into rings
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 14-ounce fillet of salmon with skin on (or 7 ounces per person)


  1. Over medium heat in a saucepan, add some extra-virgin olive oil and a knob of butter. When the butter has melted, turn the heat down to low-medium and saute the onions for 20 minutes.
  2. Add the white wine then turn up the fire. Let the alcohol evaporate.
  3. Add the vinegar and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fennel seeds. Set aside.
  5. Brush a griddle with extra-virgin olive oil or use an oil spray so that the salmon will not stick to the griddle.
  6. Over medium-high heat, cook the salmon with the skin side first. Turn to the other side when you see that the salmon is cooked almost 2/3 from the side that is touching the griddle. Sprinkle with salt.
  7. Serve the salmon while hot with the caramelized onions.

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