A weekend lunch…

by Sunita on April 2, 2008

I have probably written many odes to salmon…the pink fish as Rengoni and Agastya call it. We have had it fried, baked, curried and in a variety of other ways… But, the love affair is far from over. All four of us still gleam with happiness whenever it is served at the table, and it is done so very often.

Although, the main reason for our salmon overdose is usually the health benefits attached to it- salmon is low in calories and saturated fat, yet high in protein, and a unique type of health-promoting fat, the omega-3 essential fatty acids – the fact that it’s taste is also enjoyed by us makes it all the better. So, no screwing up of faces to eat something only because it is healthy :-)

In my quest to serve it up in different ways, I made the following dish of poached salmon in a chunky white sauce. The creamy and slightly indulgent sauce went quite well with the subtle fish. Along with some roast potatoes and some fresh salad, it made for a nice and filling weekend lunch.

What’s needed-

5 salmon steaks
3-4 whole peppercorns
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic,finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
2-3 handfuls of peas
1 and 1/2 tblsp of butter
3 C of milk
1 tblsp dried parsley
3 bay leaves
a pinch of crushed red chillies(more or less)
1/2 C of plain flour
salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper

How to-

  1. Poach the fish steaks in salty water with a bay leaf and the whole peppercorns, till the fish is cooked. Discard the bay leaf, peppercorns, drain the liquid and keep aside.
  2. Pre heat the oven at 250 deg C.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan.
  4. add the onion, garlic,bay leaves,carrots and peas and stir fry over medium heat for 4-5 minutes..
  5. Add the salt, freshly ground pepper and crushed red chillies, parsley and stir well.
  6. Add the milk and bring to a boil.
  7. Gradually add the flour, constantly whisking to avoid forming lumps.
  8. Keep stirring over medium heat till the mixture thickens and remove from heat.
  9. In a baking tray, spread some of the chunky sauce and arrange the fish over it, covering them with the rest of the sauce.
  10. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for a few minutes or till the fish is heated through.

That’s it! The fish is now ready to be served and enjoyed!


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 musical April 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm

And i best it would work equally well with vegetables too! Very delicious looking pictures, Sunita!


2 sunita April 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

musical, there is no reason why it should not…the fish can very well be substituted :-)


3 Mike of Mike's Table April 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

That looks really tasty! And you can never go wrong with poached fish–tender, moist, and delicious.


4 Kalai April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm

The fish looks perfectly cooked! Wonderful pics as always! :)


5 Dhivya April 2, 2008 at 8:04 pm

unique and creative one:))so yummmmm


6 Mandira April 3, 2008 at 2:18 am

i’m having trouble with taste of india update too… the salmon looks delish and moist, yummy!


7 Nags April 3, 2008 at 3:41 am

wow! that oven of urs is being put to such good use, i shud say :)


8 sandhya April 3, 2008 at 3:18 pm

a unique dish with salmon… sounds yum…


9 sunita April 3, 2008 at 4:01 pm

You’ve just said it :-)

Thanks…we enjoyed it :-)


10 sunita April 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Thanks :-)

Thanks…as for TOI, :-(


11 sunita April 3, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I absolutely adore my oven…give me baking anytime :-D D

Thanks :-)


12 Rosie April 3, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Very delicious Sunita!


13 farida April 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm

this salmon looks great! I love salmon and can’t have enough of recipes with it!Thank you for sharing! You have a beautiful and creative blog. Congrats!


14 AnuZi April 4, 2008 at 4:28 am

slurp!! Looks yum dahling. I’ve been craving seafood and yours looks good enough to devour hehe.


15 Sig April 4, 2008 at 8:28 am

I share your love for salmon Sunita… and that is the most delicous looking Salmon dish I’ve seen in a while! Totally drooling here…


16 sunita April 4, 2008 at 8:40 am

rosie, Thanks :-)


17 sunita April 4, 2008 at 8:41 am

Thanks and welcome to my world :-)


18 sunita April 4, 2008 at 8:42 am

Anu, Drool as much as you want…then go and make it :-)


19 sunita April 4, 2008 at 8:43 am

Sig, thanks…and isn’t salmon simply great :-)


20 Susan from Food Blogga April 5, 2008 at 12:25 am

That’s a lovely photo, Sunita. It looks especially moist and tender.


21 Pravs April 6, 2008 at 5:14 pm

wow! the fish fan in me is tempted to try this. Love salmon..looks so yum!


22 sunita April 6, 2008 at 11:56 pm

thanks..we did enjoy it :-)

Thanks…do give it a try :-)


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