FOR THE FISH
1 tsp peppercorns
200 ml white wine vinegar
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
A few parsley stalks (from the bunch used for the salsa verde)
1 kg salmon fillet, skin on
FOR THE SALSA VERDE
3 or 4 garlic cloves
5 anchovy fillets, rinsed if packed in salt
zest and juice 2 unwaxed lemons
1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves and stems
1 large bunch basil, leaves and stems
4 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
6 tbsp rapeseed or extra virgin olive oil
steamed potatoes, buttered, to serve
asparagus, to serve
- First make the poaching liquid for the fish. Put the peppercorns, 2 tsp salt, vinegar, fennel, bay leaves and parsley stalks in a saucepan with 2.5 litres of water, and bring to the boil. Boil for 10 mins so all the flavours infuse into the liquid.
- Make sure that you choose a roasting tin big enough to hold the salmon fillet. Strain the liquid into the empty tin, bring to the boil on the hob, then add the fish, skin-side down, making sure it is covered in liquid. Scatter around the lemon slices, and simmer gently for 1-2 mins until the fish changes colour completely. Cover the surface with a large piece of foil, turn off the heat and leave to cool completely. The fish will cook as the liquid cools.
- To make the salsa verde, put all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor, then blitz to make a bright, slightly chunky sauce. Season to taste.
- Carefully remove the salmon to a serving platter and peel away the skin if you like. Serve with the salsa verde, new potatoes and asparagus.