I’ve made sous vide salmon with frozen wild Sockeye fillets before with pretty good results but tonight was my first attempt with fresh Wild King salmon. I like the taste of Wild King salmon much better than Sockeye but I’ve always been a little leery about vacuum sealing fresh fillets with olive oil because:
- I thought my sealer would smush the fillets.
- My sealer would suck up all the olive oil.
- It takes too much time to vacuum seal my own fillets.
Time to make Sous Vide Wild King Salmon!
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds center cut wild king salmon fillet, cut into 5 fillets
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 5 fresh thyme sprigs
- All of my recommended kitchen tools are listed here.
Before I came home from work, I asked Fitbomb to freeze the olive oil in small containers so they would be solid when I vacuum sealed the salmon a couple hours later. I asked for an extra container (I only had 5 fillets) just in case I spilled one.
When I returned home, I cut the fillet into five portions and seasoned them with Kosher salt and pepper.
I individually vacuum-sealed them with a frozen cube of olive oil and a sprig of thyme. The olive oil melted pretty quickly so next time, I’ll freeze the oil for longer than 2 hours. Also, I used the gentle mode on my vacuum sealer so it wouldn’t smash the fillets.
Then, I placed my packets in a bowl of ice and popped it in the fridge. I filled up my SousVide Supreme and set the temperature to 125 F and went to bed.
When I woke up, I dumped the salmon packets into my preheated SousVide Supreme and let them bathe for 20 minutes.
My in-laws don’t like medium-rare salmon so I seared two of the fillets on both sides (~ 2 minutes each) in some lard over high heat. The flesh side stuck to the pan and makes for an ugly piece of fish. I guess I need to invest in a kitchen torch…
Fitbomb and I like our salmon cooked medium-rare so I just seared the skin side of our fillets.
I’m happy with the results I got cooking the salmon at 125 F. The fillet was super moist and almost custardy. Plus, my picky in-laws ate it up with no complaints. yay! Brownie points for me!
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Sous Vide Wild King Salmon
- Freeze a tablespoon of olive oil in a small container and repeat for the rest of the olive oil for at least 2 hours (although I'd recommend more time). This allows the oil to be solid when you vacuum seal the salmon later.
- Cut your salmon fillets into 5 equal portions. Season them with salt and pepper.
- Individually vacuum-seal the fillets with a frozen cube of olive oil and a sprig of thyme.
- Place the packets in a bowl of ice and pop it in the fridge. I fill up your SousVide Supreme and set the temperature to 125°F and go to bed (or go to work or do something else to bide your time!).
- Dump the salmon packets into the preheated SousVide Supreme and let them bathe for 20 minutes. If you like your salmon medium-rare, serve them straight out of the packet. If you like your salmon less rare, cook the salmon on a cast iron skillet for ~2 minutes each side (or use a kitchen torch).