Poached King Salmon with Sizzling Chives

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Poached King Salmon with Sizzling Chives

Prep: 10 mins  |  Total: 25 mins

Captain Gary - Captain Gary's Adventures

Captain Gary

Captain Gary is well known in Sitka for three things: His wildlife tour & water taxi company, Captain Gary’s Adventures; his four-legged fluffball of a first-mate, Niko; and his poached king salmon with sizzling chives. In fact, he calls this dish his “one-trick pony” because it’s always good. Poaching imparts a wonderful flavor to the fish, and the sizzling chives are a fun, delicious, and unique way to top it off. Pair it with seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, or your favorite side dish, and next time you’re in Sitka, stop by and tell Gary & Niko how much you liked it!


    • four 6 oz pieces of King Salmon
    • one 2 inch piece of ginger, grated or finely diced
    • 2 whole cloves of garlic, smashed but not diced
    • ½ cup dry white wine
    • 10 whole peppercorns
    • 2½ cups water or light fish stock
    • 3 tbsp peanut or coconut oil
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 1 bunch chives, diced
    • 2 tbsp sea salt


    Season salmon with sea Salt. Add 1 tbsp oil to a high-rimmed sauté pan and bring to a medium heat.

    Add ginger and sauté for one minute. Then add whole garlic cloves and sauté for another minute. Add wine, water, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt.

    Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer at medium-low heat. Add salmon to the broth and cover.

    Cook for 5-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of your king pieces. Remove from poaching liquid and let rest.

    Heat 1 tbsp of oil until very hot. Cover salmon pieces with diced chives, and pour hot oil over them. The chives should sizzle and get crispy.

    Plate salmon pieces with a side of your favorite greens, roasted seasonal vegetables, mashed potatoes, or your favorite side dish.

    Gary's pro cooking tip: Shoot for the liquid to cover at least ⅔ of the salmon fillet for an effective poach. Also, make sure your poaching liquid is plenty salty! Too much water and you’ll take flavor out of the fish.