How Poaching Fish (like Salmon) in Olive Oil Got Popular (Thank Ms. Wolfert!)

Paula Wolfert was among the first food gurus in this country to poach salmon and halibut in extra virgin olive oil. The noted cookbook author and food anthropologist recalls years ago visiting the Spanish island of Mallorca, where she watched a chef simmer pieces of fish and shellfish in quarts of olive oil. That encounter … Read more

Olive Oil Primer: Patience When Poaching Halibut, Other Food

We’ve been checking with chefs about how they poach food in extra virgin olive oil. Denver-area chef Gregory Strickland is a big fan of the cooking technique. He tells us EVOO “preserves the texture” of a fish like halibut and delivers good flavor. But he also tells us “patience” is crucial when poaching fish and … Read more

Olive Oil Primer: Poaching Seafood in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Some culinary pros we work with suggested we write about poaching foods in extra virgin olive oil. So we picked up the phone and called a chef who loves to use this cooking method with seafood: Dory Ford, the chef-owner of Aqua Terra Culinary, a Pebble Beach, Calif., firm that handles catering, event planning, and … Read more


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