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Oven Steamed Salmon with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction

Every once in a while this happens. I made a recipe I love, and then it sort of slips away and never gets posted. This is one of those recipes. I can’t even remember why it didn’t get posted, maybe because I don’t really like the photos (sorry my ego got in the way of sharing a great dish with you .)

But I DO remember really loving it. Not just because it had a ton of flavor, and was really delicious, but because it’s low calories, naturally dairy and gluten-free AND it is packed with an insane amount of antioxidants, heart healthy foods, and that good stuff we need to shove into our bodies after the collective gluttony we all gleefully participated in over the past few days.

It’s like detox, but really, really delicious.

To be honest, the only reason I remember that it was buried in the recesses of my Dropbox, is an email I got from a PR person at the Blueberry Councill about a recipe contest. And although I have been drawn to a recipe contest or two in my day, I really don’t have the time for that right now. SO, it seemed to be fate that I had one. A really fabulous, healthy and delicious blueberry recipe all ready to go. So thank you, Blueberry Council, for the fabulous berries and the timely reminder.


Oven Steamed Salmon with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction


For the Salmon:

  • 4, 3 oz Salmon Filets, skinless
  • 2-3 cups low sodium vegetable broth

For the Sauce:

  • 1 medium shallot, minced (about 1 tbs)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 ½ cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • ½ cup shelled Edamame beans
  • ½ cup dry roasted almond slivers
  • ½ tsp sea salt

(Makes 4 servings)


  1. Place a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet , place the salmon fillets on the rack. Pour the vegetable broth in the bottom of the baking sheet, making sure that the broth does not submerge the wire rack. You want at least 1/2 inch between the liquid and the top of the wire rack.
  2. Cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil, making sure to tent the foil over the salmon so that the foil does not touch the fish at all. Secure tightly, in order to trap the steam inside the foil.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  4. In a pan over medium high heat, add the oil and allow to get hot but not smoking. Add the shallots and sauté until opaque. Add the blueberries and balsamic, reducing heat to maintain a low simmer. Cook until reduce until about half, and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the black pepper.
  5. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. Divide the salad among four plates. Top the salad with a salmon fillet and top each salmon fillet with the blueberry balsamic reduction.

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Averie @ Averie Cooks November 26, 2012 um 3:04 am

I love Balsamic Reduction but you added blueberries. GENIUS! I could drink it!


Jackie November 26, 2012 um 11:42 am

It was so good. I totally need to make it again 🙂


Jen @ Savory Simple November 26, 2012 um 6:34 am

That reduction sounds perfect!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 26, 2012 um 8:38 am

Salmon is the only fish I actually like to eat. Your blueberry balsamic reduction sounds out-of-this-world! Glad you shared this dish – it’s gorgeous!


Jackie November 26, 2012 um 1:14 pm

I’m super picky with salmon, it can taste really strong to me sometimes. But I love it steamed, it sort of tempers the parts I don’t like and brings up the parts I do.


Bree November 26, 2012 um 9:34 am

That sauce looks delicious!


claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 26, 2012 um 10:14 am

YES!! Quinoa for the win!! 🙂


Denise November 26, 2012 um 11:37 am

Nothing beats a balsamic reduction (yum!) and what a great idea to add the blueberries, must try that soon! And anything with edamame is good, love them.


Jackie November 26, 2012 um 1:14 pm

I’ve been so obsessed with balsamic glaze, I think I might make it for Christmas gifts. I love it with blueberry.


Cassie | Bake Your Day November 26, 2012 um 2:21 pm

I love balsamic reductions more than almost anything, adding blueberries is amazing. Love this Jackie!


Ashley – baker by nature November 26, 2012 um 5:58 pm

I’m normally not too into salmon, but geeze girl – this looks fabulous! Can’t wait till blueberries are back in season!


Jackie November 26, 2012 um 7:38 pm

Thanks! I’m not a Salmon Super Fan, but this I really loved. Maybe all the acid and the strong salmon balanced each other.


Nicole @ Lapetitebaker November 26, 2012 um 6:24 pm

This is great after all the mashed potatoes and turkey I consumed this weekend. Living in Seattle, salmon is always fresh so I eat it at least once a week. The blueberry reduction sauce look’s down right awesome!


Jackie November 26, 2012 um 7:37 pm

You live in Seattle? I’m from Washington and my husband and I are trying to back to Seattle soon. I love how great the food scene is up there.


Julie @ Table for Two November 26, 2012 um 6:34 pm

wow, i love that this has blueberries infused with balsamic vinegar and cooked down to a reduction. it sounds absolutely fantastic!


Diana @Eating Made Easy November 26, 2012 um 7:01 pm

Love balsamic reductions, can’t wait to try this!!


Carrie November 26, 2012 um 7:30 pm

I need this right now. Something healthy and delicious.


Anna @ Hidden Ponies November 26, 2012 um 10:18 pm

I love salmon and need to eat more of it, and do more with it than butter and lemon or brown sugar/maple syrup 🙂 This looks perfect!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 26, 2012 um 11:29 pm

There are so many times where I have made something, photographed it, and didn’t post it for months! Mainly it’s because I’m too lazy to edit the photos. I’m so bad, right? But really, I’m so glad you shared this salmon dish because that blueberry balsamic reduction sounds to die for! I could take a bath in that reduction!


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. November 27, 2012 um 8:18 pm

Well, I am glad you finally shared this one because it looks fantastic! That reduction looks marvelous!


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Julia {The Roasted Root} November 29, 2012 um 9:04 am

Fabulous meal! I love fruit compotes/salsas with fish and have never tried blueberry. I bet it’s delicious! Your quinoa salad with edamame looks great as well! I could easily addict myself to this dish!


Julia November 30, 2012 um 12:05 pm

We eat a lot of salmon in our house and I have never thought to add something sweet like blueberry to it! Sounds lovely.


Barb Greg December 2, 2012 um 4:46 pm

This is exactly what I need to be eating right now!


afracooking January 2, 2013 um 1:58 pm

What an amazing combination!! Sounds gorgeous (and HEALTHY!) Thank you for sharing!


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Lindsay November 3, 2014 um 6:34 pm

I may be missing it…

But what temp to put the oven at? Thanks!


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