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Ginger-Poached Salmon with Belgian Endive

Ginger-Poached Salmon with Belgian Endive
This salmon is poached in a flavorful liquid known as court bouillon, which typically includes wine, water or broth, vegetables and aromatics. The fish is served on a bed of Belgian endive, a vegetable with tightly packed, slightly bitter leaves that is grown in complete darkness to prevent it from turning green.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups chicken or fish broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 oz. ginger, peeled and cut into fine julienne
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 salmon steaks or fillets, each 6 oz.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, slivered
  • 2 Belgian endive, thinly sliced

Directions:

In a fish poacher over medium heat, combine 4 cups of the broth with the water, add half the ginger and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter. Add the shallot, the remaining ginger and the lemon zest. Sauté, stirring, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1 cup broth and the wine. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the remaining 3 Tbs. butter and simmer, stirring, until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes; keep the sauce warm.

Arrange the salmon on the steaming rack. Season the poaching liquid generously with salt and a little pepper. Lower the salmon into the poacher. Cover and cook until the salmon is opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes.

Whisk the basil, salt and pepper into the sauce until smooth. Divide the endive among 4 plates and top each with a piece of salmon. Spoon the sauce over the salmon.
Serves 4.
Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.