Alaskan coho salmon (or silver salmon) is the best choice of fish for those who are looking for an in-between salmon with a great taste, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and high in protein. That is, it's not too big and not too small (about 8-12 pounds); It's got some fat, but not a lot (perfect for poaching); and it's price is average for salmon, but won't break the bank. Perfect for a fancy dinner or for just family.
For a perfect poached coho salmon, try this recipe:
Poached Coho Salmon
2 salmon fillets, 5 to 6 ounces each (or larger), skin on.
1 quart of water for poaching liquid
2 tsp of salt
2 Tbsp of wine vinegar
Chopped dill or parsley to garnish (optional)
Hollandaise sauce (optional)
1. Add water to a sauté pan and bring to a simmer.
2. Remove any pin bones left in your filet (unless it was already done by your fish monger).
3. Once simmering, add vinegar and salt to water, and set the salmon skin-side down into the liquid. Poach for about 7 minutes. 8 minutes if thick.
4. Once poached, remove from skillet. Allow filets to rest for a few minutes (on a paper towel if desired), plate, then add chopped dill or parsley and Hollandaise sauce. Serve and enjoy!
Coho salmon are a staple of Alaskan cuisine and populate the rivers and streams as pretty, silver fish at the beginning of the season, and turning a deep red tone by the time they reach the end of the stream for breeding. They are a wonderful symbol of the beauty and majesty that is Alaska.
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