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Savory Rhubarb Sauce on Salmon Filets

Savory Rhubarb Sauce on Salmon Filets
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This tart ginger rhubarb sauce combines with tender, flaky salmon filets for a quick and easy Spring dinner. The rhubarb compote is balanced between tangy and sweet with the ginger and balsamic vinegar giving it a more nuanced flavor.

The salmon itself can be roasted, baked, or grilled and the rhubarb topping can be served on the side. It’s all good, as they say.

Roasted salmon with a rhubarb topping garnished with green onions.
Roasted salmon with rhubarb compote topping

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Rhubarb sauce on smoked pork.
Rhubarb sauce (compote) on smoked pork.

Ingredients and Substitutions

There are only two key ingredients: the salmon and the rhubarb. Substitutions for the other ingredients might include:

  • Sugar instead of honey
  • Red wine or white wine vinegar instead of balsamic
  • Lemon juice instead of white wine
  • Thyme instead of basil
  • Addition of red pepper flakes

The ingredients that I used for this delicious dinner include the following:

Ingredients for rhubarb topped roasted salmon
Ingredients: rhubarb, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger root, Thai basil, salmon filets, purple onion and salt.

Illustrated Step-by-Step

Chopped purple onion in cast iron skillet.
Step #1: Saute purple onions in skillet for 5 min or until caramelized.
Caramelized purple onions with shredded ginger in a cast iron skillet
Step #2: Add shredded ginger to the skillet and cook for a few minutes to combine.
Chopped rhubarb cooking in cast iron skillet
Step #3: Add chopped rhubarb to skillet, along with balsamic vinegar and garlic
3 salmon filets topped with rhubarb compote ready to be roasted.
Step #4: Season salmon filets, top with rhubarb mixture, and roast for 8-10 min at 400 F
Rhubarb topped salmon with a side of tossed green salad.
Rhubarb topped salmon with a side of tossed green salad.

More Salmon Recipes

Salmon is healthy and delicious. Below are more of my favorite salmon recipes:

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Savory Rhubarb and Salmon

Roasted salmon with a rhubarb topping garnished with green onions.
Roasted salmon cooked with an easy, savory rhubarb compote.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 348


  • ¼ cup grated ginger or 1 1/2 inch gingerroot, grated
  • 1 pound Rhubarb chopped
  • 1 purple onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ pounds salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoons basil optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
    Prep the ingredients by grating the root ginger, dicing the rhubarb and chopping the onion.
    1/4 cup grated ginger, 1 pound Rhubarb, 1 purple onion
  • Saute onion in oil in skillet over medium to medium high for 5-10 minutes, or until caramelized and translucent.
    Add vinegar wine, garlic and salt to skillet and bring to a boil. Simmer at a low boil for 4 minutes (may have to add a little water)
    1 teaspoon garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup white wine, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add the rhubarb to the skillet, bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer 5-6 minutes.
    Stir in honey and add basil (if using). Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.
    3 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons basil
  • Place the salmon filets on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper and spread half of the rhubarb mixture on top of the filets.
    Roast for 8-13 minutes, or until salmon is no longer translucent and easily flakes.
    1 1/2 pounds salmon filets
  • Serve filets with a tossed green salad and a side of the rhubarb sauce.


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Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 35gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 378mgPotassium: 1225mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 237IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Dorothy Stainbrook says:

    5 stars
    Love, love this. So tired of strawberry rhubarb pies.

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