Chilled Poached Salmon with Asian Slaw and Wasabi Aioli

TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 45 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive Prep: 2 hr
Cook: 10 min
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

SALMON AND MARINADE:
  • 6 (4-ounce) czar-cut salmon fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup sake
  • 2 shallot cloves, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup sesame oil
SLAW:
  • 2 leeks, white and tender green parts only, soaked in salt water to remove grit, and very thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
WASABI AIOLI:
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
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Directions

Marinate salmon:
Season salmon with salt and pepper and place in a nonreactive container. Combine sake, shallot, garlic, sesame seed, and cilantro and pour over fish. Cover and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Make Asian slaw:
Combine cabbage, seaweed, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, leeks, lime juice, and orange juice in a nonreactive bowl and season with black pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prepare wasabi aioli by combining mayonnaise, wasabi powder, garlic powder, and lime juice and chill.

Heat sesame oil over low heat and poach salmon fillets until fish is just opaque. Drain on paper towels and bring to room temperature.

Arrange a bed of Asian slaw on serving plate, top with poached salmon and spoon a quenelle of wasabi aioli on fish.

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