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Easy Poached Fish

1 qt Water
1/2 md Onion; sliced
6 Whole black peppercorns
3 Whole allspice
3 tb Lemon juice
1 Bay leaf
1 ts Salt
1/2 c Dry white wine


Combine all ingredients in large skillet or Dutch oven. It may be necessary to double or triple recipe if larger amount of liquid is needed to be sure fish is just covered during poaching. Simmer for 20-30 minutes to blend flavors. Add fish; cover and simmer over low heat for 15-25 minutes, or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. (NOTE: Avoid using high heat. Boiling action will break up fish.) Lift cooked fish carefully from liquid with wide spatula. Drain well, patting excess moisture from fish with paper towels if necessary. Poached fish may be served hot or cold with a complementary sauce or flaked/chunked and used in casseroles, spreads, etc.


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