Apple Cider-Brined Salmon

With a Tarragon-Mustard Cream Sauce and Green Beans

Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 3 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Fish

Calories Conscious
Carb Conscious
A note about serious food allergies

Think you have to give up rich flavors and luscious sauces to get on the healthy eating train? Not so with this elegant low-carb and low-calorie dish. We start with flaky, pan-seared salmon, which is first brined in tart apple cider (you're going to love this technique.) Accented with a tarragon-mustard cream sauce and served alongside crisp green beans and shallots, it's a sacrifice-free way to eat well and prosper!

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tarragon Sprigs
  • Info
    2 Salmon Fillets
  • 6 fl. oz. Apple Cider
  • 6 oz. Green Beans
  • ¼ cup Grainy Mustard
  • Info
    2 fl. oz. Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Nutrition (per serving)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Medium Pan
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • Step 1 - Prepare the Ingredients

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Thoroughly rinse produce and pat dry. Peel and finely mince shallot. Stem and roughly chop tarragon sprigs. Rinse salmon fillets and pat dry.

  • Step 2 - Brine the Salmon

    Brine the Salmon

    Place salmon, 1 tsp. salt, and apple cider into a shallow dish or bowl. Allow salmon to marinate in the apple cider brine for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove salmon from the brine and pat dry with a clean dishcloth or paper towel.

  • Step 3 - Cook the Green Beans

    Cook the Green Beans

    Add green beans to the pot of boiling water, reduce heat to low, and cook until beans become fork tender, about 4-5 minutes. Drain water and set green beans aside on a plate. Using the same pot, heat 2 tsp. olive oil and shallots over medium heat and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the green beans and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Step 4 - Cook the Salmon

    Cook the Salmon

    Season both sides of salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Once oil is warm, add salmon and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes, or until a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees is reached. Wipe out pan.

  • Step 5 - Prepare the Cream Sauce

    Prepare the Cream Sauce

    In the pan you used to cook the salmon, add mustard, heavy cream, and tarragon (reserving a pinch for garnish). Stir ingredients together over very low heat until combined and slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes, taking care not to burn the sauce. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  • Step 6 - Plate the Dish

    Plate the Dish

    Place a piece of salmon in the middle of the plate. Compose a mound of green beans and shallots next to the salmon. Spoon the tarragon and mustard cream sauce over the salmon. Garnish with any remaining tarragon and a crack of fresh black pepper.