Olive Oil Poached Salmon: A Culinary Symphony of Tenderness

Olive Oil Poached Salmon: A Culinary Symphony of Tenderness

Poaching, an artful cooking technique, takes centre stage in our culinary repertoire, especially when crafting the perfect salmon dish. At Mr. Fish Blog, we bring you an exquisite recipe that not only preserves the integrity of wild BC salmon but also transforms it into a tender, flavourful masterpiece. Let's dive into the details of our Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Bacon Broth.




- 4 six oz skinless wild BC salmon fillets

- 4-6 cups of olive oil (enough to cover fillets)

- 1 sprig of thyme 

- 2 cloves of garlic 

- 1 shallot 

- 1 lemon peel removed in wide strips


For the broth:


- 1 small onion (finely chopped)

- 4 thick slices bacon (cut into strips)

- 2 cloves of garlic (minced)

- ½ cup corn 

- 1 cup fingerling potatoes 

- 1 cup spinach 

- ½ cup cherry tomatoes

- 1 cup chicken stock

- 2 tbsp sherry vinegar

- 1 tbsp honey 

- Salt and pepper



1. Preparation:

   - Bring salmon to room temperature to maintain oil temperature.

   - Use a candy thermometer for precise oil temperature control.

2. Poaching Salmon:

   - In a straight-sided saucepan, combine olive oil, thyme, garlic, shallots, and lemon peel.

   - Heat oil to 120°F over medium heat.

   - Generously season salmon with salt and pepper.

   - Gently place salmon in the oil using a fish spatula.

   - Poach for 15-18 minutes until tender.

   - Remove and set on paper towels.

3. Broth Creation:

   - In a sauté pan, render bacon until crispy (approximately 7 minutes).

   - Add onions, cook until translucent (about 5 minutes).

   - Incorporate tomatoes, potatoes, and corn; cook until tomatoes burst.

   - Deglaze the pan with chicken stock.

   - Stir in honey and vinegar; reduce heat.

   - Add spinach and cook until wilted.

   - Season the broth to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Serving:

   - Ladle broth and vegetables into a shallow bowl.

   - Top with poached salmon.


Enjoy the Symphony of Flavours!


Serving four, this culinary masterpiece takes 60 minutes from start to finish, with 30 minutes of prep and 30 minutes of cook time.

Elevate your dining experience with the magic of poaching and the harmonious blend of flavours in every bite.


Happy cooking!


[Source: BCSalmon.ca]

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