Poached Salmon with Cucumber Yogurt Topping
This extraordinary poached salmon recipe was developed by Macy's Culinary Council chef, Gale Gand for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" Campaign.
6 (4-ounce) salmon fillets about 1-inch thick, skin off
For the Poaching Liquid:
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 cup water
1 carrots, sliced thinly into coins
1 small onion sliced
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
3 strips of lemon rind
10 black pepper corns
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Topping:
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt, preferably Greek yogurt
1/2 seedless or English cucumber, peeled
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a sauce pan, combine the poaching liquid ingredients and bring it to a boil over high heat, then turn to a simmer and cook 6 minutes till the carrots are tender. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
- In a 10 inch sauté pan, place the salmon fillets without touching each other. Pour the hot poaching liquid over the salmon and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for just 3 to 4 minutes. The salmon will still be pink and rare. Turn off the heat and let sit in the liquid about 10 minutes to gently finish cooking. Chill in the poaching liquid for at least an hour, then transfer the salmon carefully (I use a fish spatula which is slotted and pretty thin) to a serving platter and keep covered and chilled till ready to serve.
- To prepare the topping, julienne or shred the cucumber, use a Japanese mandoline if you have one. Otherwise shred it trough the blade of a food processor or box grater on the biggest holes. You want to end up with about 2 cups shredded. In a bowl combine it with the yogurt, fresh dill and season it to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon that on top of the salmon and serve.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Macy's Culinary Council chef, Gale Gand; through ECES, Inc., Electronic Color Editorial Services.