Sake-Poached Salmon with Fennel Somen Salad and Cured Tomatoes

Ring the changes with Paul Bloxham's creative fusion recipe for sake-poached salmon served with a tangy citrus noodle salad
By Paul Bloxham
Sake-Poached Salmon with Fennel Somen Salad and Cured Tomatoes
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes plus 2-5 minutes standing
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 225 ml sake
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, dry-fried
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 salmon, each 225gskin removed
  • salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 large shallots, sliced
  • juice of 1 limes
  • juice of 1 lemons
  • juice of 1 oranges
  • 2 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
  • 175 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bulb fennel, shaved on a mandolin or Japanese slicer, tops reserved for garnish
  • 1 packet of somen noodles, blanched and drained
  • 1 bunches spring onions, sliced
  • 4 plum tomatoes


1. In a deep-sided frying pan, place the sake, celery, carrot, onion, 1 tablespoon of sugar, bay leaves, peppercorns and soy sauce.

2. Season the salmon with salt and white pepper and add to the sake. Pour in enough water to cover the salmon.

3. Slowly, over a low heat, bring the liquid to a simmer. Simmer the salmon for 3 minutes then turn off the heat. Let the salmon stand in the poaching liquid for 2-5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon.

4. Meanwhile, using a blender, make a vinaigrette by blending together the shallots, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, Japanese soy sauce and remaining sugar until smooth. Add the olive oil and season with salt and white pepper.

5. In a large salad bowl toss together the fennel, somen noodles and spring onions and toss with the shallot vinaigrette, reserving some for ganish.

6. Serve the poached salmon with the noodle salad and roasted plum tomatoes, drizzling the remaining vinaigrette over the dish just before serving and garnishing with the reserved fennel tops.

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