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Salmon with Tarragon Hollandaise

A match made in heaven, this recipe from The Big Family Cooking Showdown pairs salmon with tarragon hollandaise to create a flavourful dinner for the whole family.


1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 bunch tarragon, leaves finely chopped, stalks reserved
4 black peppercorns
2 egg yolks
110g unsalted butter
juice of 1 lemon (to taste)
250g asparagus
100g samphire
4 salmon fillets, skin on
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Essential kit

You will need: an electric whisk.

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Make the tarragon hollandaise: Heat the white wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of water with the stalks from the tarragon and the peppercorns in a small pan, and reduce to 1 tablespoon. Remove the stalks and the peppercorns from the pan and discard.

Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl with an electric whisk. Slowly, while whisking, pour in the hot vinegar. When it has all been incorporated, use the now-empty pan to melt the butter. When it starts frothing, pour it very slowly into the egg mixture, whisking all the time. Mix in lemon juice to taste, and the chopped tarragon leaves, and season with salt an pepper.

Cook the asparagus and samphire: Bring a large pan of water to the boil over a high heat. Add the asparagus, boil for 1 minute, and then add the samphire. Boil for 1 minute more. Drain and drizzle with some of the remaining lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.

Cook the salmon: Pat the salmon fillets dry with kitchen paper. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat. Put the fillets in a pan, skin side down, and immediately turn the heat down low. Use a fish spatula to press down on the fillets for the first minute so the skin doesn't curl up. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip over and cook on the other side for about 1 minute, until the salmon is just cooked.

Serve the salmon with the warm asparagus and samphire and the tarragon hollandaise.

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