Poached salmon with pink grapefruit & basil sauce

Poached salmon with pink grapefruit & basil sauce

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

A challenge

Serves 6
Gordon Ramsay helps you to prepare a wonderfully chic poached salmon dinner dish

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal735
  • fat68g
  • saturates36g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.17g
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  • 1 pink grapefruit



    Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest…

  • 1 batch hollandaise sauce (see 'Goes well with' below)
  • 8 large leaves fresh basil, finely shredded



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

  • 2 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • ½ small onion, sliced



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

  • 3 tbsp wine vinegar
  • 4 skinned salmon fillet (about 120g each)


  1. Top and tail the grapefruit, then slice off the peel and pith. Cut through the membranes to release fine segments. Catch these in a bowl, along with any juice. Stir the segments into the hollandaise along with a few tbsp of juice and the basil. Set aside.

  2. Boil 1 litre water in a wide shallow pan with the herbs, onion, vinegar and seasoning for 5 mins. Put in the salmon, pour over extra water to cover and poach gently until just firm, about 7 mins. Remove and drain, then place on plates. Spoon over the sauce and serve with a green salad and potatoes.

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Comments (8)

jeanmark's picture

This dish is easy to make and delicious .i'll never buy hollandise again. Would defiantly cook this again.

nickfive's picture

Looks great but bad editing for the ingredients - just four 120g pieces of salmon for six? ...

katetereza's picture

If this is the recipe for keen cooks and marked as a restaurant quality food then probably I am misunderstanding something. Would never make something like this and call it restaurant style food. Sorry.

bethanyjoanna99's picture

Nice dish, would be a good dish to serve for guests. I personally found it a bit on the ordinary side, was expecting something a bit more sensational. I agree that the grapefruit should go in right at the end, as it falls apart a bit and lets out too much juice making the hollandise rather runnier than I like it. Overall alright but I probably wouldn't make it again.

junefoley's picture

Oops - forgot to rate it!

junefoley's picture

Husband doesn't normally like Hollandaise - but he loved this as the grapefruit cuts through the richness. The grapefruit does disintegrate quickly though so make sure you put in at last minute.

This would make an excellent dinner party dish.

f1madxxx's picture

I will definatley make this again, so simple and tastes amazing.

glorious's picture

this is just fab

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