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Cider Poached Salmon with Hazelnuts and Cider Mustard Sauce

In this recipe, an intensely flavored dry hard cider is used to cook tender salmon fillets. The fish is complemented with a sprinkle of buttery hazelnuts and a drizzle of tangy mustard sauce that has hints of sweet cider flavor.


• One 22-ounce bottle Portland Cider Company Kinda Dry
• ¼ cup prepared Dijon mustard
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
• 5-inch sprig fresh rosemary
• Four 4-ounce fillets of salmon with skin
• ½ cup finely chopped roasted hazelnuts
• Fine sea salt
• Ground black pepper


  1. Pour 3 ounces of the cider into a small saucepan. Heat over medium and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, until the cider is reduced by half to 1.5 ounces.
  2. Stir together the mustard and honey in a small dish. Add the warm reduced cider and stir well until smooth. Stir in a pinch of black pepper and set aside.
  3. Pour the remaining cider into a shallow 5-quart pot or pan. Add the garlic cloves and rosemary. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-low to medium heat.
  4. Sprinkle the tops of the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Slide the salmon pieces into the cider and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, just until cooked through and no longer raw in the center. They will be pale pink in color and flake easily with a fork. Use a slotted spoon or large spatula to carefully transfer the salmon to serving plates.
  5. Sprinkle with hazelnuts. Drizzle with cider mustard sauce or serve the sauce on the side.

Nutritional Information

Based on 4 servings.

Per serving:

Calories 360
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 710mg
Carbohydrates 13g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Protein 25g
Calcium 31mg
Magnesium 58mg
Potassium 656mg
Vitamin E 2mg