Attractive, Delicious, and Healthy too!
This elegant entrée of Poached Salmon with Broccoli Rabe and Pea Shoot Coulis was just what I was looking for and it satisfied my taste buds perfectly!
I already had a couple of lovely Salmon filets and was wondering how to prepare them. The Broccoli Rabe and Pea Shoots, both looking very fresh and ‘green’ at the market, had already tempted me and were awaiting their turn at the table. Not intending to use them all together initially, when I came across this recipe, I was intrigued as well as delighted. I just needed the mushrooms and I was ready to make this elegant entree of poached salmon for an attractive, delicious and healthy meal!
Here is the recipe. It might seem intimidating at first, but follow it through and you will be rewarded! (By the way… I puréed the pea shoots so had a thicker coulis and I used less than 2 cups of oil for the salmon – I think my results were delicious!)
- 4 Fresh salmon filets, skin on
- 6-8 cups Olive oil
- 10 ounces Broccoli rabe
- Mushroom jus
- 2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
- Pea shoot coulis
- 2 cups Crimini mushrooms, slices thinly
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup Shallots, minced
- 2 cups Water
- 1/2 cup White wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
- 4 tablespoons Sherry wine
- 8 ounces Pea shoots
- 1/2 cup Chicken stock
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan with a lid. Add the shallots and cook on high until slightly browned, about 2 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and continue to cook at high heat until the mushrooms become browned, about 10 minutes.
- Once the mushrooms are cooked down, add the water and both wines. Stir and cover. Allow the mixture to cook, covered, at a simmer for 35 to 40 minutes.
- While the jus is cooking, prepare an ice bath. Set a bowl in the ice bath and put a strainer over the bowl.
- After the mushrooms have finished cooking, strain the liquid into the bowl in the ice bath and allow to cool to room temperature, stirring frequently. Add salt to taste. Discard the solids. After the jus has come to room temperature, place covered in a fridge.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Set a cold water bath aside with a strainer submerged in the water.
- Once boiling, add a generous pinch or so of salt. Set a few pea shoots aside for garnishing. Add 1/3 of the remaining pea shoots to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the shoots are tender.
- With slotted spoon, remove the shoots from the boiling water and place into the water bath. Add the remaining pea shoots in two separate additions.
- Once the shoots have cooled, raise the strainer out of the ice bath and squeeze them gently to remove excess water.
- Place the shoots into a bowl and add the chicken stock. With an emersion blender (or a regular blender) liquify the shoots.
- Run the liquid through a fine sieve into another bowl.
- Place the bowl, covered, in the fridge.
- Preheat an oven to 225 degrees. Measure the height of the salmon to determine how high the oil needs to be to cover the filets (6-8 cups). Fill a cast iron skillet (or any ovenproof pan) with oil slightly over the height of the salmon.
- Heat the oil to 120 degrees on a cooktop and add the filets to the oil, making sure they are covered completely.
- Place the skillet or pan into the oven and allow to cook for approximately 25 minutes, until the white fat from the salmon begins to come to the surface.
- When the salmon has 12 minutes to go, add 1/2 cup of the mushroom jus to a saucepan and bring to simmer on high.
- In a separate saucepan, add the coulis and bring to a simmer.
- Add the broccoli rabe and the 2 TB butter to the jus and cook on high, basting to broccoli often, until the stems are tender, but still crunchy, about 8 minutes. At the same time, add 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to the coulis and allow to melt. Salt to taste and set aside.
- Once the broccoli rabe is cooked, place in a dish and cover with foil. ( The salmon should be about done in the oven).
- Add another 1/4 cup of the jus to the saucepan and bring to a simmer at medium. Bring the salmon out of the oven and place it into the pan, skin side down.
- Cook the salmon skin side down lightly for a minute or so, basting the top with the jus. Flip the salmon and allow to cook briefly, until the top has a nice golden brown color, about 2 minutes. Remove the skin and set the filets in a dish and cover. Season with salt to taste.
- Add the coulis to a plate and allow to spread around. Place the broccoli rabe down, about 8 per person. Place the salmon on the broccoli and garnish with the leftover pea shoots. Enjoy!
This recipe is adapted from Food52′s recipe for Olive Oil Poached Salmon. See their recipe here.