Olive Oil-Poached Salmon

Olive Oil-Poached Salmon
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Perfectly cooked fish is, well, sexy. This simple technique will yield a perfectly cooked, silky, and decadent piece of salmon. Just be patient with this method, and like all good things, it will pay off in the end. Make sure you use the absolute freshest and highest quality salmon available. I recommend using wild king salmon, preferably center-cut portions.  — PICNIC LA Executive Chef, Alex Resnick

2
Servings
267
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups extra virgin olive oil (or enough to fill your pan and cover the salmon)
  • (2) 5 to 6 Ounce portions salmon fillet
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 Cup crème fraîche
  • Sea salt to taste

Directions

Use a 4-5 Qt. sauce pot with a heavy bottom.

Fill your pot with the olive oil and add the cloves of garlic. Start heating on medium-low.

Use a candy thermometer to track the temperature, and heat the oil to 120 degrees F. Once your oil is at temperature, go ahead and add the salmon. Make sure it is fully submerged.

Keep an eye on the temperature and adjust as needed so that the oil does not go above 120 degrees F. Now for the patience; cook for around 20 minutes. The salmon will be opaque, and just warm in the center when it is cooked. Look for some flaking, but you will notice the fish is still extremely tender.  

Serve with the lime zest, a pinch of sea salt, and a nice dollop of crème fraîche.

Nutritional Facts

Sugar
1g
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
69g
53%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
30µg
4%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Calcium, Ca
18mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
9µg
2%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
15mg
5%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
33mg
5%
Sodium, Na
19mg
1%
Water
231g
9%

Olive Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Olive Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.