Oven-poached salmon with sweet pepper & basil sauce

Oven-poached salmon with sweet pepper & basil sauce

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Ready in 1½ hours, plus resting

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Serves 6
Produce a showstopping main course with poached salmon, and learn how to make Court Bouillon at the same time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal439
  • fat29g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.57g
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole salmon, about 1½ -2kg/3lb 5oz-4lb 8oz, gutted
    Salmon

    Salmon

    sam-on

    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

For the court bouillon

  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 small lemon, sliced
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 medium onion, sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 carrot, chopped
    Carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs each tarragon and thyme
    Tarragon

    Tarragon

    ta-ra-gon

    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • ½ tsp whole black peppercorns

For the sauce

  • 2 red roasted pepper from a jar, finely chopped
    Peppers

    Pepper

    pep-iz

    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
    Shallot

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 6 sprigs fresh basil
    Basil

    Basil

    ba-zil

    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 1 tbsp sherry or balsamic vinegar
  • 100ml dry white wine

Method

  1. Trim the salmon to fit into your largest roasting pan, removing the head and most of the tail. Weigh the fish and calculate the cooking time at 30 mins per kg/13 mins per lb. Wash any blood from the body cavity. Season well inside and place in the pan. Set aside.

  2. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Make the court bouillon. Place all the ingredients into a pan with 11⁄2 litres cold water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 mins. Strain the liquor over the fish, cover tightly with foil and cook in the oven for 45 mins-1 hr.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Sauté the peppers and shallot in the oil for 5 mins. Strip the leaves from the basil and chop the stems. Add the stems to the pan along with the vinegar, wine and seasoning. Simmer for another 10 mins or so, then season to taste. Tear most of the basil into pieces and scatter over the sauce, then set aside to infuse.

  4. Remove the fish from the oven, uncover but leave in the liquor for another 15 mins, then carefully lift from the pan onto a board. Peel off the skin and, using the back of a table knife, scrape away the brown flesh as neatly as possible. Slide the whole fish onto a platter. Spoon some of the sauce on top, sprinkle with the remaining basil and put the rest into a bowl to serve.

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Comments (2)

Pynner's picture
5

Made this for Good Friday dinner it was lovely and looked impressive as well. I will make double the amount of sauce next time. Served with baby new pots with skins on and broccoli

gigi90's picture
5

I made this for a special occasion - it was fab!

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