Cold Poached Salmon
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8 to 10
Boiling Water 101 was a class I taught for 10 years at a local school in Minnesota. This recipe was one I designed to teach a basic skill but also deliver complex flavors and serve as a touchstone for family meals or entertaining. You really need to practice braising/poaching/blanching as often as you can because wet-heat cooking is much more subtle than dry-heat cooking but so much easier. Recipes like this will change your outlook on cooking for sure. Get wet! —Andrew Zimmern
- 3 cups dry white wine
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 3 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
- 3 parsley sprigs
- One 3-pound fillet fatty salmon, pin bones removed
- 6 thin lemon slices, for garnish
- 12 thin cucumber slices, for garnish
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup finely diced seeded cucumber
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons minced capers
- 3 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 3 tablespoons minced dill
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground white pepper
- PREPARE THE SALMON In a fish poacher or a pot large enough to hold the salmon, combine the wine, onion, celery, peppercorns and parsley. Add 3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Add the salmon fillet (it should be fully submerged) and bring the water to a simmer. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until the salmon is just cooked through, about 8 to 9 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
- MEANWHILE, MAKE THE RAITA In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
- Using 2 spatulas, carefully transfer the salmon fillet to a large platter. Dab off any white bits and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
- Garnish the salmon with the lemon and cucumber slices and serve with the raita.