Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Indian Spices

Poaching salmon in olive oil produces a silky, tender fish like nothing you’ve ever had before. Use Alfalfa’s Persian Lime Olive oil for a truly unique twist (Found in the bulk department). Great with basmati rice, sautéed spinach, or with eggs for breakfast!

Serves 4

1 ½ lbs. of 3/4- to 1-inch-thick skinless, center-cut salmon fillets, cut into nice chunks
1 large clove garlic
Kosher salt
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. cumin seed, toasted and ground
1 tsp. coriander seed, toasted and ground
1/4 tsp. cayenne
2-3 cups extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon or lime cut into 4 wedges

Peel & smash the garlic clove & a pinch of salt into a paste, either with a mortar & pestle or by mincing & then mashing it with the side of a chef’s knife (or use 1 Tbs. Amore garlic paste).

Combine the garlic, garam masala, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and salt in a small bowl.

Add just enough of the oil to turn the spice mixture into a smooth paste (1 to 2 tsp.)

Rub the spice paste all over the salmon and let it sit at room temperature for about an hour.

Cut fish into 1″ strips.

In a medium-size, heavy skillet, just large enough to hold fish cubes in a single layer, heat oil over medium heat. Add fish chunks & let cook slowly until fish begins to turn opaque, about 3 minutes. Heat should not be so high that the fish fries.

Poach to desired doneness which should be about 5 minutes or less.

Serve immediately with lemon or lime wedges on the side.

Photo Chun Yip So
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