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Washington: Hickory Smoke Salmon with Caramelized Onions

Hooray! It’s Friday!!! I have such lovely things to look forward to this weekend that I want to fast forward through this day and get to the good stuff. So sit back as I share some photos from beautiful Washington, and I’ll tell you all about it. πŸ™‚

I’ve been very ill for the last week and cooped up in my house for so long I’ve got a serious case of cabin fever. Thankfully my lovely doctor has me feeling heaps better and I’m celebrating by visiting a whole slew of dear folks.

Tonight I get to have Chinese food with my grandies and parents, then spend the evening chatting up a storm with a new friend while we sip coffee andΒ  indulge in this Mocha Cinnamon Tart.

Saturday I’m heading down to Seattle for a mini-reunion with two dear friends from waaaaay back in the good ol’ days. I haven’t seen them in years and I’m SO excited that at last our paths have crossed once more and we get to catch up over a scrumptious meal and explore downtown Seattle.

Then I get to see my beloved brother and sis-in-law for more good food and great talks, and who knows what mischief we’ll get into. I don’t care what it is. We can sit and stare out the window for all I care – I’m just so happy to get to see so many people I love all in one weekend.Β  πŸ™‚

What are your plans for this weekend? Are you suffering from cabin fever like me? Or are you looking forward to some quiet, cozy moments at home? Whatever your plans, I wish you much happiness and will see you Monday morning bright and early to hear all about your adventures. πŸ™‚

If you have a free moment today, my article on an Amsterdam Flea Market is up at The Travel Belles! Click here to view: A Colorful Grey Day in Amsterdam, and leave a comment to let me know what you think. πŸ™‚

In the meantime I’ll share my favorite dish of this week: Hickory Smoke Salmon with Caramelized Onions. I love it so much I had it for lunch AND dinner today! The onions are cooked until they’re lovely brown and sweet. A handful of brown sugar and some liquid smoke make them even more tasty. Simply pile them on top of your salmon, bake the whole lot for twenty minutes and you will have salmon that is moist and packed with flavor. It keeps well in the fridge and reheats beautifully, so it’s perfect for weekday lunches.

Happy weekend! πŸ™‚

Hickory Smoke Salmon with Caramelized Onions


1 salmon, split and deboned (can also use fillets)
olive oil
3 large onions, halved and sliced thinly
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp liquid hickory smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Lightly oil a baking sheet and place salmon on top, skin side down. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and olive oil in saucepan and add all the onions. Stir and cook for a long time, 20-30 minutes until onions are soft, brown and begin to caramelize.
  4. Add brown sugar and cook another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Add liquid hickory smoke, stir and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Pour onion mixture over salmon.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes until salmon is cooked to desired level of doneness.
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Punctuation Mark - as always you have some beautiful images in here… love that recipe!!! hope you had a great weekend!

Anna Johnston - Awwhhh, sorry to hear you’ve not been well Krista, nothing worse than a case of cabin fever either ;( Beautiful pics, just lovely and oh wow…, the caramelised onion & smoked salmon….. to die for, love it.

Joanne - I hope you’re feeling better and that you’re having a great weekend with your old friends! This smoked salmon with those fantabulous caramelized onions look glorious!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Another beautifully written post. Stunning photographs and amazing recipe.

Chef Dennis - Thank you for sharing those incredible images with us!! And that Salmon..wow…..how good it must have been, those caramelized onions just take it to new levels!

mlleparadis - oh and that paris picture of the fountain? with the black lowering skies? OH. MY!

mlleparadis - these are just gorgeous pictures, krista! your weekend sounds wonderful – hope you’re having a great time (know you are!). can’t wait for you to get back and tell us all about it!

Katie@Cozydelicious - I love anything smothered in caramelized onions – this looks awesome. Yum!!! Have a great weekend!

A Canadian Foodie - Gorgeous pics….. especially the unexpected fish pic that suddenly appeared as I was reading… incredible. Now heading over to Amsterdam post! Been there. Love it.

Andi - Have a gorgeous weekend!!! πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thanks, Duchess! I’m pretty sure liquid smoke isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but it sure adds lovely flavor if you don’t have a grill. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Karen! I love salmon too, though not all my menfolk like it either. πŸ™‚ I’m doing a bit better today, thank you. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Ohhh, I’ve never had onions that way, Elra! I will have to try that. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Lindy Lou. I’m doing a bit better today. Just need to rest a lot. πŸ™‚ I try to post Mon-Fri and leave my weekends absolutely free. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the information about the demi-johns!! I’m glad to know I can get them here. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - HOORAY, Zorymar!!! Say hello for sure and have a fantastic time. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Oh thank you, Patty. πŸ™‚ I love that tart too! It’s sitting on my counter right now, ready to slice and eat. A picnic sounds lovely!

RamblingTart - Ohhh, I hope the snow stays away for you a bit longer, Val. πŸ™‚ That’s so great you got to see Sarah too! How fun! πŸ™‚

Duchess - yummm looks wonderful! I’ve always been afraid to use liquid smoke…

Karen - Oh my, that salmon looks so delicious! I’m a huge fan of salmon (unfortunately, my husband is not, so I never cook it at home), and the best one I’ve ever had was the smoked kind in Washington. Heavenly! Hope you’re feeling better and have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

ielra - Krista,
caramelized onion is my favorite thing in the world. I can just eat with a slice of toast and it will make me happy. Of course your salmon makes me drool as well.

LindyLouMac - I am sorry you have been feeling unwell this week, lots of satsumas are definitely called for. I have been catching up on reading your lovely posts, I had a lot to catch up on, Paris, South Africa, more Paris, delicious food, great photographs, how often do you post?
This smoke salmon dish looks delicious. Have a nice weekend with family and friends.
I do not subscribe to comments any more as my in box was overwhelmed.
Thankyou for your comment about the demi-johns, I was unable to reply direct so have left you an answer on the post which I think you might find interesting.

Zorymar - I get to spend this weekend with Ben, YAY! Enjoy your weekend and feel better Krista! πŸ™‚

Pachecopatty - I just love this tart. I would like to take a nice picnic basket into a beautiful setting like in one of your photographs and just relax and enjoy. Have a nice weekend:)

bellini - This weekend I will be enjoying the last of the lovely fall weather. Every morning I wake up I fully expect the ground to be covered in soft, fluffy snow. If it could stay away till Christmas that would be perfect:D Thanks for sharing this delicious West Coast salmon dish to get our weekend started off right!!By the way guess who was at Foodbuzz. Sarah of OC2 Seattle:D

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