Salmon with Witbier Sauce and Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Last night I made salmon for myself and sweet potato gnocchi for my family. (Well they had some of the salmon too.) I used beer in the sauces for both dishes and both came out delicious. And I actually took note of what I did so I have recipes! Well for now let's talk about the salmon dish. I think salmon is delicious but even if you don't, you might enjoy it with a tasty beer sauce. My mom, boyfriend, sister, and my sister's boyfriend are not big fans of cooked salmon but they could not stop eating it. I used Allagash White because witbiers are perfect to pair with fish. The yeast flavors and hints of citrus tie in with my salmon and my cucumber strawberry salad. Not only does it pair well, it also adds a lot of flavor to the sauce. Delicious.

Ingredients:
1 pound salmon
fresh parsley
1 tbsp finely chopped onion
1 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp butter
1/2 12 ounce bottle of witbier
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper

salad:
1/2 cucumber
4 strawberries
2 tbsp chopped onion
1 tsp honey
salt

Serves 3. Season the salmon with salt, pepper, and fresh parsley. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter on a pan and add the onion and minced garlic. Then add the salmon and cook on medium heat on both sides until cooked through. Remove the salmon and add the beer into the same pan. Reduce the heat and add the milk, garlic powder, and the rest of the butter. Season with a little salt and cook for about 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

For the salad chop the cucumber and strawberries, and combine with the chopped onion and honey. Add salt to taste.

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