Salmon are high in protein; low in calories; and a vital source of vitamin A, the B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Since a common recommendation for a healthy diet includes eating oily fish three times a week, it’s fortunate that the flavorful salmon is a versatile fish with endless possibilities for preparation. Perfect companions for salmon are sauces such as sorrel, yogurt, and mint; watercress cream; and hollandaise.



Poached Salmon Steaks with Hot Basil Sauce Recipe


  • 1 large bunch of basil
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 small courgette, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 salmon steaks, about 125gr each
  • 75ml dry white wine
  • 125ml water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 15gr unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon slices, to serve
  • basil leaves, to garnish


  • Strip the leaves from half the basil and set aside.
  • Spread all; the chopped vegetables over the bottom of a large flameproof casserole dish with a lid,
  • Press the salmon steaks into the vegetables and cover them with the remaining basil.
  • Pour over the wine and water and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer the salmon to a warmed serving dish.
  • Bring the poaching liquid and vegetables back to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Strain into a blender or food processor and add the cooked and uncooked basil.
  • Blend to a puree and return to a saucepan.
  • Bring the puree to the boil and reduce by half, until thickened.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, add the lemon juice and stir in the butter.
  • Pour the sauce over the salmon steaks and serve with lemon slices and garnished with basil leaves.