I love poaching salmon because it keeps the fish both tender and moist. The problem is, that by submerging the salmon in water, you end up losing flavor in the poaching liquid. That’s why vacuum sealing the fillet in a bag and cooking it sous vide is such a great solution. You get melt-in-your-mouth salmon without watering down the flavor.
But cooking sous vide has its own set of drawbacks, the most obvious one being that many people don’t have a sous vide setup at home. Also, when you’re dealing with large pieces of fish (like a whole fillet of salmon), it’s tough to find a bag and chamber vacuum large enough to accommodate it.
That’s why I developed this method of poaching salmon in a regular oven set to a low temperature. By wrapping the fillet in foil, you’re not constrained to the size of vacuum bags. This allows the salmon to slowly poach in its own juices, making it incredibly tender and moist, without giving up any flavor.
The sauce is a light citrusy salsa verde made with cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. It’s a perfect accompaniment for summer, and if you love cilantro, you’ll want to drink this sauce. Even if you’re not a big fan of cilantro, this sauce may just change your mind. That’s because it’s mixed with flat-leaf parsley, which pulls back the floral flavors of cilantro that some people consider “soapy”.
Topped with some big cubes of avocado, this is a rich creamy dish that still keeps things light enough to be served on a hot summer day. Serve it hot, or chill the salmon for a delightful brunch entree that can be served with a salad. If you plan to make the sauce ahead of time, blend all the ingredients except the lemon juice together, as the acid will change the color of the sauce. Then, when you’re ready to serve it, just whisk the lemon juice in.
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