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Tarragon Mushroom Sauce
Contributed By: Admin
Serves 4

The distinctive flavor of tarragon combines perfectly with mushrooms and crème fraiche to create a superb sauce for salmon.


25 g / 1 oz / 2 tbsp butter
4 salmon steaks boiled new potatoes green salad.

25 g / 1 oz / 2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
175 g / 6 oz assorted wild and cultivated mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
200 ml / 7 fl oz / scant 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
10 ml / 2 tsp cornflour
2.5 ml / ½ tsp mustard
50 ml / 2 fl oz / ’¼ cup crème fraiche
45 ml / 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
5 ml / 1 tsp white wine vinegar
salt and cayenne pepper

1. To make the sauce, heat the butter in a frying pan and gently fry the shallot to soften, without letting it colour. Add the mushrooms and cook until the juices begin to flow. Add the stock and simmer for 2—3 minutes.

2.  Put the cornflour and mustard in a cup and blend with 15 mi/i tbsp water. Stir into the mushroom mixture and bring to a simmer, stirring to thicken. Add the crème fraiche, tarragon, vinegar, salt and cayenne pepper.

3.  For the fish, melt half of the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan. Season the salmon steaks and cook over a moderate heat for 8 minutes, turning once.

4.  Spoon the sauce over each salmon steak and serve with new potatoes
and a green salad.


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