Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine

Poached Salmon with Tarragon Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. 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.) 
  2. 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. 
  3. When ready to serve, spoon sauce onto a large serving platter or divide among 12 plates and garnish with peas.