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Wild Salmon in Green-Curry Broth

The robust taste of wild salmon holds its own in a broth flavored with lemongrass, ginger, chiles, coriander, and cumin. Although wild salmon is less rich in omega-3s than farmed salmon, it's lower in contaminants such as PCBs.

  • servings: 4
Photography: Lara Robby

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seeds, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, crushed
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • 2 to 3 serrano chiles, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, bottom 4 inches only, finely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 3 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound wild salmon, skinned, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 cups baby spinach (2 1/2 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add coriander and cumin, and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Raise heat to medium-high, and add turmeric, chiles, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, scallions, lime zest, and lime juice. Cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer, and cook 3 minutes. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan; discard solids. Bring broth to a gentle simmer. Add salmon, and cook to desired doneness, 2 to 3 minutes for medium-rare. Stir in spinach and herbs. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2007

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