Sous Vide Salmon Recipe

Recipe Category: Fish

Sous Vide Salmon Recipe

Ingredients

Yield :Serves 4

  • 4 salmon fillets (5 to 6 ounces; 140 to 170g each)
  • kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • aromatics such as fresh thyme, dill, parsley, thinly sliced shallots, and/or citrus zest (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) vegetable oil, if serving seared

Method

  1. Season salmon generously with salt on all sides
  2. Place salmon in a single layer in a gallon-size zipper-lock bag, or in batches in quart-size bags
  3. Add olive oil to bag(s)ller bags
  4. Add aromatics to bags, if using
  5. Close bags, place in refrigerator, and let salmon rest for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight
  6. Using your sous vide, preheat a water bath according to the chart above
  7. Remove the air from the zipper-lock bags using the water displacement method
  8. Seal bag almost all the way, leaving about an inch open
  9. Slowly lower bag into water bath, holding the opened end above the water level
  10. As bag is lowered, the water pressure should force air out of it
  11. Just before it is totally submerged, seal bag completely
  12. Use a rack, or clip bag to the side of cooking vessel using a binder clip, to prevent it from moving excessively
  13. Cook 30 to 45 minutes for fillets 1 inch thick or less, or 45 minutes to an hour for fillets between 1 and 2 inches
  14. Carefully remove salmon from bags (it will be very delicate) and transfer to a double layer of paper towels
  15. Discard aromatics and gently blot top of salmon with more paper towels

To Serve Immediately.Carefully peel away skin and discard

To Serve Cold

  1. Transfer salmon to refrigerator uncovered and allow it to chill completely
  2. Store in a sealed container for up to a few days and serve cold in sandwiches or salads, stirred into pasta, or on top of rice bowls

To Sear

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a cast iron, carbon steel, or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering
  2. Carefully add salmon skin side down and cook, pressing gently on fillets with the back of a flexible fish spatula to help maintain pan contact, until skin is browned and crisp, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes
  3. Carefully flip and cook for an additional 15 seconds
  4. Transfer to paper towels to blot off excess oil, then serve immediately

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