Poached fish

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
4 \N 6-ounce firm fleshed fish
\N \N Fillets, such as salmon,
\N \N Bass, or snapper, skin
\N \N Removed
1 teaspoon Oil or butter
2 cups Court bouillon, strained


Run fingers over fish fillets to feel for tiny bones; if there are any, remove with needlenose pliers or tweezers. Lightly oil or butter the bottom of a deep skillet big enough to fit fish fillets in a single layer and place fish thus in skillet. Bring court bouillon to a simmer. Gently pour court bouillon over the fish, covering completely. Turn heat on very low so that liquid steams but does not quite simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let fish sit in liquid an additional 5 minutes per inch of thickness. Start checking fish for doneness: a thin knife inserted in thickest part of fillet should meet with just slight resistance. Fish should still be slightly translucent in center. Remove fish from skillet with slotted spatula, blot the bottom lightly with a paper towel, and serve.

Poaching is a delicious way to prepare fish without adding fat. Great for dinner parties: because the cooking is gentle, it allows a wide margin of error, fish won't overcook too quickly.

Properly poached fish has a wonderful silky texture.

Nutritional information per serving: xx calories, xx gm protein, xxx mg cholesterol, xx gm carbohydrate, xxx mg sodium, x gm fiber, xx gm fat (x gm sat, x gm mono, x gm poly), x mg iron, xx mg calcium, xx% of calories from fat.

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