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November 17, 2017
Poached Salmon Recipe
Recipe by: Daniel Gritzer
This delicate poached salmon with a bright yogurt-dill sauce makes for an easy, light dinner that can be served chilled, room temperature, or warm. The secret to the tenderest and juiciest fish is to use a cold-start poaching method, in which the fish is added to cold poaching water and then gently heated until cooked.Why It WorksStarting the fish in cold water and then slowly heating it prevents the exterior from seizing up and becoming tough, as it does when it's added to simmering water.
YIELD:Serves 4ACTIVE TIME:35 minutesTOTAL TIME:35 minutes Ingredients:Cold waterJuice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons; 30ml)1 large stalk celery (about 2 ounces; 55g), cut into large pieces1/2 fennel bulb, sliced (about 4 ounces)A few fresh sprigs thyme and/or dill1 bay leafKosher salt4 (8-ounce) pieces center-cut boneless, skinless salmon filletFor the Yogurt Sauce:1 cup (235ml) full-fat yogurt1 tablespoon minced shallot from 1 small (1-ounce) shallot1 tablespoon (about 10g) minced fresh dill2 tablespoons (30ml) fresh juice from 1 lemon2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oilLarge pinch ground coriander seedKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions1.In a large saucepan, combine 1 quart (1L) cold water with lemon juice, leek or onion, celery, fennel (if using), thyme and/or dill, bay leaf, and a large pinch of salt.2.Add salmon to poaching liquid. Water should cover, but if not, add enough to just cover salmon. Set over medium heat and bring poaching liquid to 170°F. Adjusting heat to maintain water temperature, cook salmon until it registers 115°F when an instant-read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the fish, about 20 minutes. (Cooking time may vary widely, so be sure to check temperatures to determine doneness.) Carefully transfer salmon to a plate to rest for 5 minutes.3.Meanwhile, for the Yogurt Sauce: In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, shallot, dill, lemon juice, olive oil, and coriander seed. Season with salt and pepper.4.Serve salmon while warm, spooning yogurt sauce on top, or let it cool to room temperature before serving. You can also chill the salmon and yogurt sauce before serving.
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