Whole Poached Salmon

Whole Poached Salmon

Whole Poached Salmon, Wine Time: 70+ Recipes for Simple Bites That Pair Perfectly with Wine by Barbara Scott-Goodman. Photography by Jennifer May.

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Whole Poached Salmon


One 3 lb [1.4 kg] whole skin-on salmon fillet

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup [240 ml] white wine

1 yellow onion, sliced

½ tsp peppercorns

8 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley

8 sprigs dill, plus more for garnish

2 cucumbers, thinly sliced, for garnish

Fresh lemon wedges, for garnish

Sauces of your choice, for serving

More than a bite, a beautiful, whole poached salmon, garnished with cucumbers and fresh dill, is a show-stopper. It’s great to serve with a variety of sauces, such as Avocado Cream (page 52), Watercress Sauce (page 106), or Tzatziki (page 161). Salmon pairs well with many white wines, and a good one to try here is an Italian Vermentino. A chilled Pinot Noir or dry rosé would taste great with it too.

Pat the salmon dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place 1 cup [240 ml] of water, the wine, onion, peppercorns, parsley, and dill into a roasting pan or fish poacher large enough to hold the fillet. Add the salmon. If it’s not covered by liquid, add just enough water to barely cover the fillet and gently bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the salmon is just opaque in the center.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the salmon cool slightly in the liquid. Using two spatulas, transfer the salmon to a large platter. Using a paper towel, dab off any white bits and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours.

Using a sharp knife, peel the skin off the salmon. Garnish the platter with fresh dill, sliced cucumbers, and lemon wedges. Serve with desired sauces.

MAKE AHEAD: The salmon will keep, loosely covered in the refrigerator, for up to 8 hours before serving.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Chronicle Books. 

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