Poached Salmon with Tarragon Sauce

Total Time:
40 min
30 min
10 min

12 servings

  • Tarragon Sauce:
  • 4 large bunches fresh tarragon (about 1 ounce total)
  • 2 large bunches fresh chives (about 2/3 ounces)
  • 2 large shallots
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Salmon:
  • 5 cups dry white wine
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 (6-pound) skin-on salmon fillet
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound cooked sugar snap peas, diagonally cut into thirds, for garnish
  • Make the sauce: Pick enough tarragon leaves to measure 1 cup (do not pack). Chop enough chives to measure 2/3 cup. Coarsely chop shallot. In a food processor puree tarragon, chives, and shallot with remaining sauce ingredients until smooth and season with salt and pepper. (Sauce may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring sauce to cool room temperature before serving.)

  • Make the salmon: Bring the wine and water to a simmer in a large, deep skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Cut salmon into 12 pieces and season with salt and pepper. Submerge 3 salmon pieces, skin sides down, in simmering liquid (add hot water, if necessary, to just cover salmon) and poach at a bare simmer, covered, 8 minutes, or until just cooked through. Transfer cooked salmon with a slotted spatula to a platter to cool and poach remaining salmon in same manner. When salmon is cool enough to handle, peel off skin and if desired with a sharp knife scrape off any dark meat. Salmon may be cooked 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring salmon to cool room temperature before serving.

  • When ready to serve, spoon sauce onto a large serving platter or divide among 12 plates and garnish with peas.

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