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Market-Inspired Salmon

Roasted King Salmon with I’itoi Onion Compote

Allow enough time for the onions to cook slowly, as the caramelizing process will make all the difference in the flavour of the compote. Serve with the roasted salmon for a lovely combination. If you have too much onion compote, it won't go to waste, serve with grilled meat or on a sandwich.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine North American
Servings 4 people


  • 4 6-oz King Salmon Fillets skin removed
  • 8-10 clumps I’itoi Onions
  • 3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tsp Tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 pinch Crushed Chiltepin or red pepper flakes
  • large pinch Salt
  • 2 Lemons sliced paper-thin


  • Brush the salmon fillets with a little of the olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
  • Divide the clumps of onions into separate cloves or bulbs; you should have about 40 separate bulbs, but if you end up with more that is great!
  • Trim and peel them, then rinse them well, as the bulbs can be very sandy. If they come with their greens, reserve them for another use. **
  • Place the remaining olive oil in a small, heavy saucepan and add the whole I’itoi onion bulbs, thyme sprigs, tomato paste, sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, at which point the onions should be soft and somewhat caramelized. Discard thyme sprigs and set compote aside; keep warm.
  • Arrange lemon slices on an oiled cookie sheet to make a bed for the fish. Place the fillets on the lemon slices and roast in the oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness and your preference for how well done you like your fish.
  • Using a long spatula, transfer each fillet, with some of the lemon slices, to heated dinner plates.
  • Divide the I’itoi onion compote among fish, drizzle any remaining sauce over it, and serve immediately.


* Chiltepin is a small capsicum pepper that is native to North and South America.
** The greens of the I’itoi onions are very flavorful and should not be discarded. Use them as you would scallions. They are wonderful sautéed as a side dish.
Keyword Fish, Onions, Salmon
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