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Fish and Shellfish, Mains

Pickled salmon with two sauces

Pickled salmon with two sauces
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Total time: 1 1/2 hours | Serves 10 to 12

Tuna sauce

  • 1 (6-ounce) can tuna packed in olive oil, drained
  • 5 flat anchovy filets
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Step 1In a food processor or blender, blend the tuna, anchovies, lemon juice and capers until smooth. Continue processing and pour the olive oil in a steady thin stream, through the feeder tube, until the consistency of a thick sauce. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Makes about 1 cup.

Tartar sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3 teaspoons capers, drained and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1Mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, capers, basil and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Makes about 1 cup.

Pickled salmon

  • 6 large salmon filets, about 3 pounds total
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish

Step 1Wrap the filets in cheesecloth and tie with string.

Step 2Place the bay leaves, peppercorns and pickling spice in a separate square of cheesecloth, tying the ends with string to form a pouch.

Step 3In a heavy pot, bring the water, onion, carrots, celery, white wine vinegar, salt, sugar and bay leaf mixture in the pouch to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes; remove the pouch from the broth. Gently lower the cheesecloth-wrapped salmon into the simmering broth and cook 3 minutes. Cool the fish in the broth to room temperature, about 45 minutes.

Step 4When cool, remove the fish from the broth, unwrap it and transfer to a serving plate using a large spatula. Serve with the two sauces, garnished with lemon slices.


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