Olive Oil-Poached Salmon

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Olive Oil-Poached Salmon

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
3085
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
340g
100%
Sugar
0.9g
N/A
Saturated Fat
50g
100%
Cholesterol
57mg
19%
Protein
17g
33%
Carbs
2g
1%
Vitamin A
49µg
5%
Vitamin B12
3µg
43%
Vitamin B6
0.6mg
27.5%
Vitamin C
6mg
9%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
49mg
100%
Vitamin K
196µg
100%
Calcium
48mg
5%
Fiber
0.2g
0.7%
Folate (food)
22µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
22µg
6%
Iron
2mg
12%
Magnesium
25mg
6%
Monounsaturated
241g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
7mg
34%
Phosphorus
224mg
32%
Polyunsaturated
37g
N/A
Potassium
340mg
10%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
10.2%
Sodium
1009mg
42%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
11.9%
Zinc
0.4mg
2.8%