Wild Halibut or Salmon Fillets with Nasturtiums and Viognier Butter Sauce | PCC Natural Markets

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Wild Halibut or Salmon Fillets with Nasturtiums and Viognier Butter Sauce

Serves: 4

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This succulent dish is so quick to prepare and yet looks so elegant, and the spicy, bright punch of the nasturtiums counterpoints the silky sauce brilliantly!


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Sprinkle the fish fillets with salt, pepper and thyme. Heat the oil or butter in a sauté pan and sear the fillets on each side for about 3 to 5 minutes or until just done through.

Remove the fish from the pan and keep warm. Place the pan back over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds. Pour in the wine and cook to reduce to a syrup. Add the fish or chicken stock and reduce by half. Reduce the heat to medium and swirl in the cold butter, a little at a time, until the sauce is silky. Fold in the capers, parsley and lemon juice. Turn off the heat.

Serve the fillets draped with the sauce and garnished with the nasturtium blossoms.

Recipe by Lynne Vea, PCC Chef

Source: Demonstrated at the Pike Place Market Flower Festival, May 9, 2010.

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2 tablespoons capers (brined chrysanthemum flower buds)

Really...Chrysanthemum buds?

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Hi Brian! I am the chef who created this recipe and I am embarrassed to say that I was wrong about the capers! I have believed the chrysanthemum info to be true for years, and have just learned how mistaken I was. Some years ago I worked for a Sicilan chef, a brilliant culinarian. We had our own glorious garden for the restaurant and grew so many of the items which were on the menu. One of the items we cultivated was a member of the chrysanthemum family called Leucanthemum Vulgare. Chef Giovanni then harvested the unopened buds and brined them. These were the capers that we used in a number of dishes. At that time he told me these were the same plant used to make capers in the Mediterranean region. All these years I have believed him! It is quite possible that in his region of the world that really is the case. However, in my research I see that the caper with which we are familiar is the unopened bud of a completey different plant, Capparis spinosa. So there, something new learned every day! Thanks so much for your comments. Have a great day!

Thanks for the clarification.

Thanks for the clarification. I was surprised when I read chrysanthemum listed for capers, and also a little excited that i could make my own capers this summer...as I had recently planted some chrysanthemum in the garden. Oh well. Thanks for the info and the great recipes. I'm going to try this dish out this weekend.



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