Provençal-Style Salmon with Shaved Fennel

  • Serves

    serves 4

This is a specialty of Le Train Bleu in Paris.


  • 12 small bulb fennal, trimmed
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 9 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 14 basil leaves, minced
  • 12 bunch chives, minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 12 tsp. butter, softened
  • 8 oz. salmon, sliced on an angle into 4 wide, thin pieces about 1/4" thick


Step 1

Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice fennel very thin, put into medium bowl, cover with ice water, and set aside for two hours.

Step 2

Whisk together egg yolks and mustard in a small bowl until thick. Gradually add 8 tbsp. of the oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly, until oil has been incorporated and mixture is emulsified. Add basil and chives; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.

Step 3

Drain fennel well and return to clean, dry bowl. Add lemon juice and the remaining 1 tbsp. oil, season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Step 4

Preheat broiler. Grease center of 4 ovenproof plates with the butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Lay one piece of salmon on each plate and cover each with 2 tbsp. of mayonnaise. Broil until mayonnaise just begins to brown, 2-3 minutes. Garnish each with some of the fennel.

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