Poached salmon with pink grapefruit & basil sauce

Poached salmon with pink grapefruit & basil sauce

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(7 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 leaves
  • 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 fillets (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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23rd Jun, 2013
This dish is easy to make and delicious .i'll never buy hollandise again. Would defiantly cook this again.
18th Dec, 2010
Looks great but bad editing for the ingredients - just four 120g pieces of salmon for six? ...
25th Nov, 2010
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.
24th Jul, 2010
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.
17th May, 2008
Oops - forgot to rate it!
28th Apr, 2008
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.
20th Dec, 2007
I will definatley make this again, so simple and tastes amazing.
1st Nov, 2007
this is just fab
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