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Steamed Salmon with Potato and Garlic Sabayon

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Bistro
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Serves 4
Salmon has been popular in French cooking since the Middle Ages, when it was commonly prepared potted, braised or salted, or as an ingredient in ragouts, soups and pâtés. French bistros today prefer to concentrate on its naturally distinctive flavor, often choosing to serve it either steamed or poached. This delicate sabayon sauce adds the wonderfully mellowed flavor of fresh garlic to this simple preparation.
1 russet potato, peeled and cut into eight pieces
8 cloves garlic
4 salmon fillets, about 5 oz each, skin removed
salt to taste, plus 1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground white pepper to taste, plus 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup  olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 4 sprigs fresh chervil
Steamed Salmon with Potato and Garlic Sabayon Recipe at
In a saucepan, place the potato and add water to cover generously. Bring to a boil and boil until tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. While the potato is boiling, put the garlic cloves in a separate saucepan, add water to cover and boil until very soft when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of the salmon fillets with salt and white pepper to taste and set them aside until you finish preparing the sauce.

Drain both the garlic cloves and the potato and place in a food processor fitted with a metal blade or in a blender. Add the lemon juice, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, the 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and the warm water. Process or blend on high speed just until smooth and creamy, about 20 seconds. Add the olive oil and blend for another 15 seconds to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Set aside, covered.

Place the salmon fillets on a steamer rack over (not touching) gently boiling water. Cover and steam until the salmon is firm, pale pink and opaque throughout when flaked with a fork, about 5 minutes.

Place a fillet of salmon in the center of each of 4 warmed plates. Pour the sauce directly over the fillets, dividing it equally.

Sprinkle each dish with an equal amount of the chopped parsley or garnish with a chervil sprig and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 358
Fat. Total: 23g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 10g
Sodium: 355mg
% Cal. from Fat: 58%
Cholesterol: 78mg
Protein: 30g
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