Poached salmon in coconut spicy milk reduction sauce!

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Today I made my first poached salmon, and holy crap it was super tender and good!

I began with the recipe from here and since it seems my shopping list was lacking made a number of edits.  Below is my variation and instructions on making the dish… ENJOY!


  • 1 .06 pd of Wild Salmon Filet (I had to trim the skin off, no biggey just gently slice with a knife)
  • 1/2 a can full fat unsweetened first press coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup good dry white wine (I used Conundrum 2010 .. mmm)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 inch piece of ginger minced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • Celtic Sea Salt (a pinch)
  • Spinach salad (not best pairing, but again I didn’t have all on hand)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of red chili garlic  (from jar) <- ZING! 


  • Place all the ingredients (except salmon and your salad items) in a medium sized frying/sauté pan that has a fitted lid.
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer then turn off the heat and let steep for 10 minutes <- super important
  • Add the Salmon filets (I cut a standard piece to have 2 thick pieces and the thinest section I kept as a rectangle – cooked fine) and bring the mixture back to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook for 6 (my time) minutes – Be careful not to overcook (if salmon breaks easily it is DONE.  Beware that the coconut milk will WANT to boil over, so have a deep enough pan, cleaning up was not fun.
  • Using tongs, remove the fish from the cooking liquid and set aside on a dish.
  • Strain the liquid into a bowl to remove the ingredients (i.e, those crunchy gingers), then transfer the liquid back to the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil and continue cooking until it reduces to about 1/3 cup and thickens some. Stir periodically. This will take 9-12 minutes.  Pour over awesome plated salmon and ENJOY!


This is spicy this way .. and rich .. and amazing.  The glass of wine at dinner (really a whole bottle of wine is not to be wasted) really is a bonus.

I definitely need find new ways of poaching .. this was outstanding!

Happy chefing,



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One Response to Poached salmon in coconut spicy milk reduction sauce!

  1. Dani says:

    oh my god, that looks amazing

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