Chicken-fried Salmon with Tarragon Cream Gravy

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken-fried, fish, Gravy, meat sauce, Salmon, Tarragon
Servings: 4


For the Tarragon Cream Gravy

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter divided
  • 2 tbsp shallots finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine sherry or tawny port could work, too
  • 2 tbsp glutinous rice flour
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

For the Chicken-fried Salmon

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 cup glutinous rice flour
  • 2 cups gluten-free panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs large
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper finely ground
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest


For the Tarragon Cream Gravy

  • Melt one tbsp butter in sauté pan over medium heat, add onion, stirring until translucent and softened. Add tarragon, stir for one minute.
  • Add wine to sauté pan, bring to boil, reduce volume by half. Strain out shallots and tarragon, saving liquid. Set aside.
  • Melt two tbsp butter over medium heat in same sauté pan, Whisk in rice flour, continue whisking one minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients, continue to whisk until gravy has thickened. Set aside in a warm spot.

For the Chicken-fried Salmon

  • Remove any bones and dark veins of meat from the salmon fillets. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place eggs, garlic, salt, pepper, zest and sour cream in a food processor on high for a few seconds.
  • Set-up a three stage breading station of low, wide-mouthed bowls or similar: rice flour, egg mixture, then panko.
  • Dredge fish, one fillet at a time, into flour. Knock excess flour off of fish, submerge in egg mixture, then press into panko, flip and press again. Repeat for remaining fillets.
  • Fry in 350° oil until panko just begins to change color, about two minutes.
  • Place fish on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  • Plate salmon and pour gravy over, garnish with a sprig of tarragon.


Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes and fresh green beans stir-fried in bacon grease.
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