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Sous Vide Salmon with Hollandaise by #anovafoodnerd Derek Gaughan

What's better than a perfectly cooked filet of sous vide salmon? A super simple sous vide hollandaise recipe to go with it. These wicked good recipes were dreamed up by Derek Gaughan, an #anovafoodnerd and sous vide legend from Pennsylvania. Derek's always sharing his favorite recipes with the food nerd fam, and he makes sure each recipe is easy to follow along with and, of course, delicious. He’s even shared the full details for two of his favorites–sous vide salmon with a sous vide hollandaise sauce–for a double dose of sous vide perfection that the whole #anovafoodnerd family can enjoy. Get to know Derek, and learn to cook his favorite sous vide recipes with ease.

Meet #anovafoodnerd Derek G.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Derek has enjoyed cooking for a while, but he wasn't always the best at it. Derek turned to sous vide after finding himself eating a lot of quick (aka unhealthy) frozen foods. He comes from the tech sector and knew there had to be a smart cooking device that could solve his problems in the kitchen. So, started researching smart kitchen tools that would help him crank out consistently delicious meals without having much cooking experience at all. Sous vide was the natural answer, and his Anova love started there. About a year ago he purchased the Anova Precision Cooker to join his kitchen arsenal.

Cooking Sous Vide with Derek G.

Derek hasn't always been a culinary boss. It was his love for technology and a yearning to learn how to kick butt in the kitchen that lead him to Anova. Sous vide was calling his name, and it has taken him from the culinary equivalent of an "Average Joe" to a sous vide pro. Thanks to sous vide, Derek became enamored with cooking. He felt confident in the kitchen and wanted to share all about the technique that changed the way he looks at food and cooking.

"I'm not a very good cook, but sous vide makes it easy"

Edge-to-edge perfection

After discovering the ease of producing restaurant-quality results with Anova, Derek turned his attention to taking beautiful photos and focusing on plating, so he could share the love with the world on Instagram. Eventually, this lead to him starting up his own website where he shares all of his sous vide recipes for these picture-perfect plates. Derek doesn't think there's anything better to convince someone about the glorious world of sous vide that a great photo of a meltingly-tender cut of meat. Derek's advice for a friend on the fence? "Show them the inside of a perfectly cooked, edge-to-edge steak. After they see that, there are usually no more questions!”

No celebrity chefs here

Take a look at Derek's dishes and you might think you're looking at the workings of world-class chefs like Thomas Keller or Heston Blumenthal, but these sous vide-loving chefs aren't the ones inspiring Derek in the kitchen. Derek’s culinary influences are the countless social media users who are posting photos of their dinners. No celebrity chefs here, Derek draws his inspiration from YOU, the #anovafoodnerd family!

Derek Gaughan, #anovafoodnerd and Sous Vide Guy

You might know Derek as the Sous Vide Guy from his in-depth sous vide machine reviews and recipes.

“I can’t recommend the Anova Precision Cooker enough!”

In fact, Derek admits to owning (and reviewing) just about every sous vide device on the market. Derek's put each one through rigorous testing, and he admits that his trusty Anova has become his go-to device. “I can’t recommend the Anova Precision Cooker enough, as it truly enables 5-star cuisine in your home through a connected kitchen,” Derek gushed when discussing which of his many sous vide tools gets the most use. He's not a chef–far from it, in fact–but that's the reason his recipes and reviews relate so well with his readers. Sous vide has transformed Derek's life in the kitchen. He's gone from beginner to mastery with ease, and has come such a long way that he's now creating his own recipes to share with other sous vide lovers like himself. Derek even shared one of his favorite sous vide recipes for the whole #anovafoodnerd fam to try out: a buttery sous vide soft salmon with hollandaise!

Sous Vide Salmon with Hollandaise by Derek Gaughan

This simple sous vide salmon recipe transforms a super-tender and flaky salmon filet into an even more elegant dish thanks to sous vide hollandaise sauce. Hollandaise is notoriously tricky; not because of the ingredients or individual steps to make it, but due to the timing. Thanks to sous vide, you can make the easiest hollandaise sauce. How easy? You literally toss all of the ingredients into a bag and cook it - don’t even mix it beforehand! Get to cooking and share your #anovafoodnerd fam love. Here's how simple it is to make Derek's sous vide hollandaise recipe.

Super Simple Sous Vide Hollandaise Sauce:

  • 4 Tbs Butter
  • Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp Water
  • 1/2 Shallot, diced
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Salt to taste
  1. Pre-heat water with Anova to 148F
  2. Add all of ingredients for Hollandaise sauce into a large Ziploc bag. Mixing isn’t important, since it will be blended later.
  3. Cook for 45 minutes
  4. Remove your Hollandaise mixture from the water bath and pour it into your blender. Blend on a medium speed until the mixture is a smooth light yellow. Note: your mixture will be very separated when removing from your sous vide bath - this is very normal.
NOTE: The hollandaise can be held in the bath while cooking the salmon! You can catch Derek cranking out steak, a perfectly rack of lamb, a drool-worthy lobster tail, or a ridiculously rich but uber-simple dessert at @sousvideguy on Instagram. Derek chronicles his sous vide endeavors almost daily and plates fantastic photos, so be sure to give him a follow and keep up with what he's got cooking. Try Derek's super-delicious sous vide salmon recipe, available on the Anova Recipes Site and in the Anova Culinary App. Enjoy, nerds!
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