Poached Salmon, Olive Oil & Horseradish

A beautiful smooth olive oil-poached salmon with a hot, fragrant horseradish broth which pairs perfectly with our Amourette Chardonnay. The vegetables, leeks and carrots can easily be accented with peas and asparagus.


  • Dijon mustard  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper  · 
  • medium carrot, peeled  ·  1 whole 
  • medium fennel bulb  ·  1 whole 
  • extra-virgin olive oil  ·  1½ cups 
  • fresh horseradish  ·  ½ pound 
  • boiling water  ·  2¼ cups 
  • medium leeks  ·  2 whole 
  • 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets  ·  4 whole 
  • Fleur de sel or sea salt, for sprinkling  · 


Peel and finely grate the fresh horseradish. Set a medium strainer lined with a coffee filter over a small saucepan. Put the grated horseradish in the filter and gradually pour the boiling water over it.

Halve and core the fennel bulb. Julienne (cut into long thin strips) the white parts of the leeks, carrot and fennel. In a large saucepan of boiling water, blanch the leeks, carrot and fennel for 1 minute. Drain in a colander and transfer the vegetables to a bowl.

In a large skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the leeks, carrot and fennel and cook over moderate heat, tossing, until hot. Stir in the mustard and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat.

In a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 1 1/2 cups of olive oil to a simmer over moderate heat. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and add to the oil. Gently simmer the fillets over low heat for 4 minutes. Turn and simmer until just cooked, about 3 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, gently reheat the horseradish broth and season with salt.

Rewarm the vegetables. Pour the broth into 4 shallow bowls. Spoon the vegetables into the bowls and top with the fillets.

Finish with fleur de sel and pepper and serve with Williamson Wines Chardonnay.

Amourette Chardonnay

Amourette Chardonnay

A Montrachet style wine with soft pear nose, wonderful mineral in the center palate and a touch of butterscotch on the finish.

Chantilly Chardonnay

Chantilly Chardonnay

Chantilly is an attractive Chablis-style wine, pale gold, with floral aromas of white peach, lemon and butterscotch.