CHAMPAGNE POACHED ALASKA SALMON
4 6-ounce Alaska salmon steaks or fillets (6 to 8 ounces each), skinned and boned
2 cups champagne
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 slices red onion
1 tablespoon capers, optional
4 sprigs fresh tarragon
1/2 cup honey dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Mix together mustard and chopped tarragon, hold aside.
Season Alaska salmon steaks/fillets lightly with salt and pepper. Place in a pan just large enough to hold the salmon in 1 layer. Add the champagne, lime juice and just enough water to cover the fish. Remove the fish and bring the liquid to a boil. Return the salmon steaks/fillets to the pan. Top each with an onion slice, capers and tarragon sprig. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover pan with foil and poach at no more than a simmer for 6 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the salmon). Remove salmon steaks/fillets from the liquid and place on 4 warm serving plates. Top each piece of fish with 1 ounce of the mustard mixture and serve.