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Pilsner Poached Salmon

From the LCBO's Food & Drink Magazine - Summer 2000 issue. Tested in the kitchen of Elaine Sutherns.


This slow method of cooking salmon produces a fish that is very evenly cooked and still moist throughout. The rich sauce with hints of tarragon, lemon and beer adds to the flavour of the whole dish. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.

Makes 4 - 6oz. [175 g] salmon fillets

1. Preheat oven to 225F [100C].

2. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place in an ovenproof baking dish.

3. Combine beer, tarragon, lemon juice, onion, peppercorns and olive oil in a pot. Bring to boil and reduce by half. Pour over salmon.

4. Bake for 20 minutes, basting once, or until salmon is cooked but still slightly pink in centre.

5. Place salmon on serving plate. Pour basting liquid into pot on high heat. Reduce until about 1/4 cup [50 ml] remains. Pour in cream, bring to boil and boil until thickened, about 2 minutes. Drizzle over salmon before serving. Garnish with Parsley.


For the Sauce

  • 1 cup [125 ml] Steam Whistle Pilsner
  • 2 tbsp [25 ml] chopped fresh tarragon
  • 3 tbsp [45 ml] lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup [125 ml] sliced onion
  • 1/2 tsp [2 ml] cracked peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp [25 ml] olive oil
  • 1/2 cup [125 ml] whipping cream

For the Garnish

  • 2 tbsp [25 ml] finely chopped parsley