Poached Salmon with Corn and White Wine-Butter Sauce
Recipe from Food & Wine

Poaching fish in wine is an easy way to infuse it with subtle flavor. Since some of the seasoning washes off, Kristin Donnelly likes to serve it with a sprinkling of coarse salt.


Frances Janisch

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
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Ingredients
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    4   
    medium zucchini, coarsely shredded (1 1/2 pounds)
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    Salt
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    2   tablespoons 
    extra-virgin olive oil
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    medium shallots, 2 finely chopped, 1 halved
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    Freshly ground pepper
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    2 3/4  cups 
    dry white wine
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    1   cup 
    fresh corn kernels
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    2   
    lemon thyme sprigs
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    bay leaf
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    4   ounces 
    skinless salmon fillets
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    1   stick 
    cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
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    1/4  cup 
    thinly sliced basil leaves

Directions
1.
Set a colander over a bowl. Add the zucchini to the colander and toss with 1 teaspoon of salt. Let stand for 20 minutes. Squeeze the zucchini dry.
2.
In a large, nonreactive skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the chopped shallots and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of the wine and cook until evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the corn and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook until the corn is tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the zucchini and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, cover, and keep warm.
3.
In a large, nonreactive saucepan, combine 2 cups of the wine with the thyme, bay leaf, the halved shallot, and 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer. Season the salmon with salt, add the fillets to the saucepan and cook at a bare simmer over low heat, turning once, about 6 minutes. Transfer the salmon to a plate and pat dry with paper towels. Discard the poaching liquid.
4.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup of wine to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Season with salt. Stir the basil into the vegetables and transfer to plates. Nestle the salmon into the vegetables, top with the butter sauce, and serve.
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