Poached Salmon in a Fresh Herb and Spring Pea Broth
- SERVINGS: 6
- 1 bunch tarragon, 1 tablespoon chopped
- 1 bunch chives, 1 tablespoon chopped
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 3 medium scallions, white and tender green parts, cut into thirds
- 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut into thirds
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
- One 1 1/2-by- 1/2-inch strip of lemon zest
- Kosher salt
- Six 6-ounce skinless center-cut salmon fillets
- 1 cup fresh shelled peas or frozen baby peas
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- In a medium saucepan, combine the unchopped tarragon and chives with the water, wine, parsley leaves, scallions, celery, garlic, thyme, coriander seeds, peppercorns, lemon zest and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to moderate and simmer the broth for 20 minutes. Strain the vegetable-herb broth into a very large skillet; discard the solids.
- Bring the vegetable-herb broth to a simmer. Season the salmon with salt and carefully add the fillets to the skillet, skinned side up. Bring the broth back to a simmer. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to moderately low. Cook the salmon for 3 minutes, then turn the fillets and add the fresh peas. Cover and cook until the peas are bright green and the salmon is barely cooked through, about 4 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the salmon to shallow bowls and scatter the peas on top. Whisk the olive oil into the broth. Pour the broth over the salmon, sprinkle with the chopped tarragon and chives and serve.
A savory Alsace Pinot Gris is assertive enough to stand up to the sharp flavors in the fennel salad and acidic enough to balance the rich salmon.