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Broth-Poached Black Sesame Salmon + Bok Choy

Christina Liva
December 5, 2014
Christina Liva
mbg Food Contributor
By Christina Liva
mbg Food Contributor
Christina Liva is a writer, recipe developer, and former mbg food editor. She founded Yay Lunch and is currently based in Virginia.
December 5, 2014

Broth-Poached Black Sesame Salmon + Bok Choy

You can easily make this same recipe with chicken another night. Just poach a couple organic boneless, skinless breasts for about 15 minutes and leave in the broth covered for an extra 15 minutes to steam through.

Serves 2


  • 2 quarter pound pieces of wild salmon
  • 3 cups of seafood stock
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 heads of bok choy
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt + pepper
  • toasted black sesame seeds, to garnish


1. Add the seafood stock, limes and peppercorns to a deep skillet or heavy pot over high heat and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes.

2. Season salmon with salt and pepper and gently lower into simmering liquid, making sure the filets are at least ¾ covered. Reduce heat to a very gentle simmer, cover the pan and cook for about 6 minutes, until salmon is opaque throughout (you should be able to flake it with a fork). Remove salmon from the liquid and set aside on a towel lined plate.

3. Turn heat up to medium so the broth is at a steady simmer. Drop in the bok choy and cook for about 3 minutes, until they are soft but not mushy (they should still have a good bite). Remove pieces from liquid.

4. Turn the heat up to medium high and continue to cook the broth for about 3 more minutes. Add the lime juice and turn off heat.

5. Divide the bok choy and salmon between to shallow bowls. Ladle about ¼ – ½ a cup of broth over each bowl. Garnish with black sesame seeds.

Photos by Vanessa Rees

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Christina Liva
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Christina Liva is a writer, recipe developer, and former food editor at mindbodygreen. She received her bachelor's degree in english from Georgetown University, and has also written for Goop and Zagat. Liva is the founder of Yay Lunch, a company based in Virginia that helps provide healthy lunches to kids.