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Saffron Cream Sauce
- 2 large pinches saffron
- 1/2 cup dry white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 1/2 cup finely minced shallots
- 1 small thyme sprig, optional
- 1 8-ounce bottle clam juice
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Lemon juice, to taste
- Four 4-6oz, scaled, skin-on fish fillets (pro tip: many fish mongers will debone your fillets for you which will save you time at home)
- Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste for seasoning
- 2 tbsp Ghee / Clarified butter
- 2 tbps of table salt (double the amount if using Kosher salt), for the brine
- 1 cup of water
For the sauce:
- Crumble the saffron into the wine and let it steep until the saffron begins to color the wine, about 15 minutes.
- Add the oil to a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the wine, saffron and thyme, if using. Bring to a boil and cook until the skillet is almost dry, about 3 minutes. Taste, and remove the thyme before it becomes strong.
- Add the clam juice. Bring to the mixture to a boil and cook until it is reduced by about half. This will take about 5-6 minutes. The sauce will be quite flavorful at this point but don’t fret, because as mentioned in the original recipe, the cream will mellow the intensity of the flavor quite a bit.
- Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl or glass measure, pressing on the solids. Discard the solids and return the liquid to the skillet. Add the cream, bring to a boil and reduce until the sauce coats the back of a spoon and is the desired consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding a squeeze of lemon juice, if needed.
- Keep warm until serving.
Preparing the fish:
- Heat the sous vide bath to 125F.
- If you didn’t have your fish monger debone your fillets, this is the time you break out your tweezers and remove all the pin bones. (I highly recommend these Kotobuki tweezers. Absolute game changer.).
- Combine the table salt and water in a measuring cup to make a 10% brine.
- Put the fish into a large ziploc bag and pour in the brine. Let them sit on a bowl of ice or in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, remove the fish from the bag, rinse them with tap water in the sink and pat dry with paper towels.
Cooking the fish:
- Sprinkle each fillet with some pepper on both sides.
- Vacuum-seal each fish fillet separately with a 1/2 tsp of butter and a sprinkle of thyme. (If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, use the water displacement method)
- Cook in the 125F water you heated earlier for 20 minutes
- At the 15 minute mark while the fish is cooking, heat up a cast iron pan on medium high and melt the clarified butter.
- Once the fish is done in the sous vide bath, remove each fillet very carefully and pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Cook each fillet, skin side down, in the cast iron pan until the skin is brown and crispy, about 20 seconds. You have to make sure your pan is hot enough and you don’t cook too long, otherwise you’ll overcook the fish.
- Once done, plate the fish and serve with the saffron cream sauce you previously prepared.