Healthy Salmon Dinner Recipes with Salmon Sauce Recipes

Boiled Salmon with Salmon Sauce Recipes (Watercress)

Serves 4-6
Work Time: 25-30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Poaching in a court bouillon, an aromatic liquid, is an ideal way to cook a whole salmon or salmon trout, adding flavor and keeping it moist. Ask your fishmonger to clean the fish through the stomach.

  • 1.8kg fresh salmon, cleaned through the stomach

  • Salt and pepper

For the court bouillon

  • 1 onion

  • 1 carrot

  • 6 peppercorns

  • 250ml dry white wine

  • 1.5 liters water, more if needed

  • 1 bouquet garni made with 5-6 parsley stalks, 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme, and 1 bay leaf

For the watercress sauce

  • 1 bunch of watercress

  • 250ml double cream

  • 250ml plain yogurt

  • 1 lemon

  • Tabasco sauce

Getting ahead

The salmon can be poached up to 24 hours ahead and kept, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving to allow it to reach room temperature. Peel off the skin just before serving. The watercress sauce can be made up to 4 hours ahead.

Make the court bouillon

  1. Peel the onion, leaving a little of the root attached, and cut it in half through root and stalks. Lay each onion half flat on the chopping board and cut across into medium slices.

  2. Peel the carrot and cut it across into medium slices.

  3. Combine the onion, carrot, peppercorns, white wine, water, and 5ml salt in the roasting tin. Add the bouquet garni. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 minutes. Let cool. Meanwhile, prepare the salmon.

Prepare and boil the salmon

  1. Scale the salmon, then trim the fish. Using the filleting knife, slit between the ribcage bones and flesh.

  2. Work towards the backbone, loosening the flesh from the bones on both sides of the ribcage without cutting the skin.

  3. Using the scissors, snip the bone at the head to release it. Pull the bone out from the head end.

  4. Snip the bone at the tail end to release it. Cut the bone into pieces and reserve. With the tweezers, remove any visible bones from the fish, then run your fingers along the inside of the fish to check that all have been removed.

  5. Rinse the fish inside and out with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

  6. Add the reserved pieces of bone to the cold court bouillon in the roasting tin.

  7. Sprinkle the inside of the fish with salt and pepper, making sure the seasoning is evenly distributed.

  8. Cut and fold a piece of foil slightly larger than the fish and lay the fish on it. Set it in the roasting tin so that the body of the fish is in the liquid.

  9. If necessary, add cold water to the cold court bouillon so that the body of the fish is completely immersed. Cover the roasting tin with foil and bring the liquid very slowly to a boil; this should take about 15 minutes. Simmer 1 minute, then let the salmon cool to tepid in the liquid. Meanwhile, make the salmon sauce recipes (Watercress).

Make the salmon sauce recipes (Watercress)

  1. Divide the sprigs of the watercress, then wash them in the colander and dry them thoroughly. Strip the leaves from the stalks.

  2. Pile the watercress leaves on the chopping board and chop them, using the chef's knife.

  3. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. In another bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth.

  4. Add the yogurt to the whipped cream and stir gently to mix them together thoroughly.

  5. Add the chopped watercress and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze the juice from each half and add to the sauce.

  6. Stir the sauce until evenly blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl and chill until ready to serve.

Finish the salmon

  1. Holding the ends of the foil, carefully lift the salmon out of the liquid; let drain. Lift the fish off the foil.

  2. Using the small knife, slit the skin neatly around the head. Repeat around the tail.

  3. Peel off the skin from the body, pulling it gently with the help of the small knife. Leave the head and tail intact. Scrape along the back ridge of the fish to remove the line of bones.

  4. Using the small knife, gently scrape off any dark flesh from the length of the salmon.

To serve this salmon dinner recipes

Carefully transfer the fish to a large, oval platter and decorate with fresh dill sprigs, salad leaves, tomato wedges, and vegetables, if you like. Serve the salmon sauce (watercress) recipes separately. Slice the salmon, discarding the head and tail.

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