Recipe: Salmon with Red Wine Butter Sauce

Cooking With Llano Estacado Texas Signature Red

We love cooking with wine! It’s such a fun way to get extra creative in the kitchen and elevate a dish. Also, it brings back memories of culinary school at The Culinary Institute of America where I (Emily) attended in 2010 in San Antonio.

Cooking with wine provides elegance and a boost in both flavor and depth. So what are you waiting for?! Continue reading and try out our ‘Salmon with Red Wine Butter Sauce’ recipe on your next date night!

Recipe: Salmon with Red Wine Butter Sauce

Recipe: Salmon with Red Wine Butter Sauce

Recipe: Salmon with Red Wine Butter Sauce


  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • A few springs of fresh thyme
  • 1 TSP freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Llano Estacado Signature Red Meritage
  • 1/4 cup good balsamic vinegar
  • 3 TBSPS cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1TBSP heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Coho salmon fillet (bones removed skin on)


  1. {Cooking the Red Wine Butter Sauce}
  2. Heat 1 TBSP of EVOO in a saucepan on medium heat.
  3. Add the shallots and saute until soft about two minutes. Add in the garlic and saute about 30 more seconds until fragrant.
  4. Add in the thyme sprigs, Llano Estacado Texas red wine, balsamic vinegar, pepper.
  5. Turn heat to high and cook for 10-12 minutes until your sauce has reduced down and can coat the back of a spoon.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the thyme sprigs.
  7. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream.
  8. Next whisk on the butter a few pieces at a time.
  9. Season the sauce to your liking with salt and pepper.
  10. Strain.
  11. Set aside.
  12. {Cooking The Salmon}
  13. In a nonstick skillet heat 1 TBSP of EVOO.
  14. Season the salmon fillet with salt and pepper.
  15. Add to the skillet skin side up on medium - high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  16. Flip the salmon onto the skin side and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  17. Transfer the salmon to a plate and top with the red wine butter sauce.
  18. Enjoy!
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Now a little bit more about the wine we’re cooking with for this recipe – Llano Estacado’s Signature Texas Red Meritage 2015. The blend is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon 37%, Malbec 27%, Merlot 22%, Petite Verdot 14%. This wine is made from grapes of the Mont Sec and Carpenter Vineyards of Far West Texas and Reddy and Newsom Vineyards of the Texas High Plains.

It’s a fruit focused wine, with aromas of cherry and plum. Yum! The wine’s medium body and texture will continue to soften and become even more elegant as the bottle ages. This wine worked very well in our red wine butter sauce paired with salmon and you can also enjoy it with BBQ, steak fajitas, grilled pork chops, and good friends!

Llano Estacado is the largest, best-selling Premium Winery in Texas and has been an ongoing pioneer in introducing not just Texans, but also the entire world to the great wines made in the Lone Star State. Llano wines are wonderful on their own as well as used in or paired with many different foods. The winery produces approximately 50 varietals of wine, including the award-winning 2013 THP Montepulciano, which we’ll be drinking and cooking with this weekend, so stay tuned!

The Llano Estacado winery is located in Lubbock, Texas and hosts a variety of events in its tasting room and event center, including weddings, corporate parties and intimate gatherings. Llano Estacado wines are available for purchase statewide at your local retailer, or online at


Bon Appetit!

Emily & Barbara

A big thank you to Llano Estacado for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% our own.

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