Poached Salmon Niçoise

Poached Salmon NiçoiseRecipe
Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon
Serves 6 to 8


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2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
10 black peppercorns
2 cups white wine
2 pounds skin-on wild salmon fillet pieces (1 to 1 1/2 in. thick)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
5 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped basil
Sea salt to taste
2 large bunches watercress, root ends trimmed, leaving stems intact
10 small yellow-skinned new potatoes, boiled until tender and cut in half
4 hard-cooked eggs, cut into quarters
1/4 pound haricots verts (French green beans) or regular green beans, trimmed and boiled until tender-crisp
1/2 cup pitted Niçoise olives
3 Roma tomatoes, cut into lengthwise wedges


Total: 1 Hours

1. To a large roasting pan, add bay leaves, kosher salt, peppercorns, and wine. Add salmon and enough water to cover.

2. Remove salmon and set aside; bring liquid to a boil, covered. Reduce to a simmer, then gently slide salmon into liquid and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, covered, until salmon is just opaque.

3. While salmon is cooking, make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, mustard, and vinegar. Gradually whisk in oil until dressing is emulsified. Whisk in herbs and season with sea salt.

4. Using 2 spatulas, remove salmon, place on a cooling rack set on a sheet pan, and chill 10 minutes, loosely covered with foil. Discard poaching liquid.

5. Remove salmon from refrigerator and break into large pieces, discarding skin. On a very large serving platter, top watercress with pieces of fish, potatoes, eggs, green beans, olives, and tomatoes. Drizzle dressing over everything and serve immediately, accompanied by crusty bread.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Created date

April 2010

Nutritional Information

Calories 547
Caloriesfromfat 51 %
Protein 35 g
Fat 32 g
Satfat 4.8 g
Carbohydrate 30 g
Fiber 4.5 g
Sodium 396 mg
Cholesterol 178 mg