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Good cooks know how to cook salmon. With the help of What Good Cooks Know, Heidi from the Foodie Crush blog found a recipe for poached salmon that has now become her go-to for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
“This poached salmon recipe is a prime example of being healthy-ish, formal-ish, and totally stylish for cooking any time," writes Heidi. "And because both the salmon and the sauce hold up especially well, it's perfect for a simple-ish brunch, lunch, or dinner buffet."
For a poached salmon recipe with supple salmon accented by the delicate flavor of the poaching liquid—in under half an hour—we came up with some tricks. To start, we arrange lemon slices in a skillet and rest the salmon on the lemon slices to prevent the bottom from overcooking. Our recipe also uses a shallow poach method. We use less poaching liquid, allowing the salmon to cook at a lower temperature, preserving flavor.
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“The cookbook gives two recipes for topping the poached fish: one with an herb and caper vinaigrette (yes!), and the one I’ve done here, a mustard, dill and sour cream sauce flavored with shallots,” writes Heidi.
Both sauces take advantage of the flavor from the poaching liquid, and they both come together really quickly (and very flavorfully).
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