Poached salmon with tarragon

Poached salmon with tarragon

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins - 15 mins


Serves 4
Lightly poach salmon fillets and serve with creamy green beans and baby new potatoes for a light meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal383
  • fat25g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs5g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 1 lemon



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

  • 200g half-fat crème fraîche
  • small pack tarragon, leaves only, chopped



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

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed to a paste
  • 400g green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • cooked baby new potatoes, to serve
    New potatoes

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    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…


  1. Zest the lemon and cut into wedges. Mix together the crème fraîche, tarragon, garlic, lemon zest and a squeeze of juice, season to taste and set aside.

  2. Bring a large shallow pan of salted water to the bowl and cook the green beans for 3 mins until just done. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and cool under cold running water before tossing with the crème fraîche mixture.

  3. Bring the pan back to the boil, then turn the heat down to a very gentle simmer and slide in the salmon pieces. Poach for 8-10 mins or until cooked to your liking. Remove from the pan and put on kitchen paper before plating up. Serve with the green beans and baby new potatoes.

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21st Apr, 2019
The salmon was certainly very nicely cooked but I wasn't all that fond of the tarragon flavour. There was too much of the dressing just for the beans, so we used it on the salmon and there still ended up being some left over. It made for a good family lunch which everyone enjoyed. All the same, there are quite a number of recipes for salmon which, to my taste, are better.
7th Jan, 2017
This is really tasty. I cooked the potatoes, salmon and beans all in the same pan and water (just adding at different times: potatoes, salmon, beans) to save washing up but it kept everything warm too.
Frantic Flapjack
29th Dec, 2014
This was really lovely. As green beans are not in season, I used a mixture of broccoli, peas and carrots and it turned out very well.
10th Nov, 2014
Lovely recipe - salmon is very tender using this method of cooking. However, I did keep the beans warm - I thought that was more suitable in November.
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