How to poach a side of salmon

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Poaching involves cooking food in water or other liquid just below its boiling point. It is a gentle and delicate method of cooking. Poached foods can be visually unappealing, (boiled beef, anyone?) because they lacks the searing or grill marks that whet the appetite. Salmon, with its pink flesh, avoids this problem. Poached salmon is an excellent centrepiece for dinner, lunch or brunch.

Add water to pan. Bring to a boil. While waiting for pot to boil, rinse the fillet in water. Pat dry and inspect for small pin bones, which you should remove.

Lower the heat. After the water has boiled, immediately lower the heat so that it produces one or two bubbles only very occasionally. Add the bay leaf, three sprigs parsley, 1 tsp sea salt, 60 ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice and 120 ml (1/2 cup) wine. Place salmon fillet gently into the water.

Cook for eight to ten minutes for a fillet that is 2.5 cm (one inch) thick. Add another 8 to ten minutes for each 2.5 cm (inch) of thickness for the fillet. Gently remove from water using slotted spatulas, supporting the fillet from both sides and allowing water to drain before placing fillet on a serving platter. Garnish with lemons, thin sliced wedges.

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