Buttery Salmon with Soba Noodles

I’ve been hearing about how good sous vide is as a technique for cooking fish, apparently it is one of those meals you *have to try* if you own a sous vide machine. I bought a Sansaire (https://sansaire.com/) and searing torch in 2015 and still hadn’t gotten around to trying fish. So, to fix this, here is a simple recipe for sous vide salmon. It comes out beautifully buttery and tender at these temperatures – melt in your mouth fish, balanced by a sharp and savory soba noodle salad.

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Ingredients:

Salmon

  • Salmon portions (deboned and skin off)
  • Fresh dill
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Sauce

  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream
  • Garlic
  • Lime juice
  • Fresh Dill

Soba Noodles

  • Packet of dried Soba Noodles
  • Coriander
  • Lebanese cucumber (julienned)
  • Spring onions
  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger (grated)
  • Caster sugar
  • Soy sauce

Methodology:

Salmon

  • Wash salmon and pat dry. This gets rid of any excess fishiness.
  • Rub the salmon with a generous amounts of salt, I used Himalayan pink salt because it just happens to be what is currently in the cupboard but any colour of salt will do. Add a few snippets of fresh dill, splash of olive oil and place in zip-lock bag. The oil stops the fish sticking to itself. Remove the air from the bag using the water immersion method. You can also flavor with a bit of dill or pepper.
  • Place in water bath at 43°C for 45mins.

… Prepare everything else, have a drink etc…

  • Remove bags from water bath, de-bag carefully and pat dry. Do this gently as the fish is fairly fragile at this stage. I found a spatula was much better than tongs in this case.
  • Go to town and work out your stress with the searing torch and get a light crust on the top and sides of the salmon. I didn’t worry about the underside of the fish as it was fairly fragile and I wasn’t game to flip it more than I had to.
  • Transfer to plate, garnish and serve immediately.

Sauce

  • A fresh sauce was made from sour cream, olive oil, lime juice, garlic and shredded dill leaves. Simple add these to a high-speed-blender-thing of your choice and blitz to combine.

Soba Noodles

  • This one is based on the cucumber and soba noodle salad on the back of the Hakubaku organic soba noodle packet.
  • Cook the noodles as per the instructions, mix ingredients of salad dressing together in a blender.
  • Combine the salad ingredients, noodles and sauce in a bowl and mix.

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