Ginger-Poached Salmon with Belgian Endive
- 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
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.