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Poached Arctic Char with Basil-Tarragon Mayonnaise

Poached Arctic Char with  Basil-Tarragon Mayonnaise

This herbaceous aioli is also terrific spooned over simply prepared vegetables, such as boiled new potatoes or roasted ramps.


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves plus 2 sprigs
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt plus more
  • 6 6-ounce arctic char steaks, each about 1 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 bunches asparagus (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)

Recipe Preparation

  • Blend egg yolks, lemon juice, and mustard powder in a blender. Add basil and 1/4 cup tarragon. With machine running, drizzle in 3/4 cup oil; blend until smooth. Transfer mayonnaise to a small bowl, cover, and chill.

  • Combine tarragon sprigs, garlic, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, and 6 cups water in a large deep, lidded skillet and bring to a boil. Add fish, cover, and remove skillet from heat. Let stand until fish is just opaque in the center, 6-8 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cook asparagus in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes; drain.

  • Serve fish with asparagus; top with mayonnaise, drizzle with some oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.

  • DO AHEAD: Mayonnaise can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

Recipe by April Bloomfield,Photos by Michael Graydon Nikole Herriott

Nutritional Content

6 servings, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 570 Fat (g) 45 Saturated Fat (g) 7 Cholesterol (mg) 145 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 2 Total Sugars (g) 2 Protein (g) 40 Sodium (mg) 160Reviews Section

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Basil, mint, chives. these are all herbs that most people find familiar in their kitchens. But what about tarragon? The strongly flavored aromatic one that not everyone is completely comfortable using. Its flavor is slightly reminiscent of licorice, though it really has a flavor profile all its own. Because of this, it can be difficult to decide how to use it in recipes. luckily, we&aposve come up with 5 ways to use tarragon that are easy and delicious.

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Not Too Much

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I wanted to cook for my roommate and I(it was recently his birthday) so I decided to make a Sicilian-ish pizza. The four topping divisions are as follows(clockwise from top left): Zucchini, Mozzarella, Mint Red Onion, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Roasted Yellow Peppers, Red Onion, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Tomato Sauce, Cured Olives, Capers. Everything got Pecorino Romano, Black Pepper, Sea Salt, Olive Oil.
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