Salmon Poached in Court-Bouillon with Basil Aïoli

Always start poaching whole fish in cold liquid. With the temperature rising gradually, the outside won't overcook before the inside is done.


Makes 8 to 10 servings

Recipe from

Coastal Living


2 onions, sliced vertically
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery ribs, sliced
4 fresh parsley sprigs
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
2 cups dry white wine
6 cups water
1 (6- to 8-pound) salmon


Bring first 8 ingredients to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Drain broth, discarding solids; cool. Cover and chill.

Place fish on rack in poacher. Pour chilled broth into poacher. Add water, if necessary, to completely cover fish. Cover and cook over medium heat until liquid begins to simmer (about 25 minutes). Reduce heat until bubbles barely break surface. Cook 5 minutes or until thermometer inserted in thickest part of fish reaches 125°. Residual heat should continue cooking fish to a safe 140° temperature. (If unsure, insert a knife to see if flesh is opaque.) Remove fish from broth; peel away top skin. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill. Serve with Basil Aïoli.

January 2003
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