Great Cigar Pairings: Arturo Fuente & Salmon

Fish with Cigar
Salmon smoking a Cigar

Steak and cigars? Sure. Cigars and whiskey? Yes, please! But cigars and fish? Don’t knock it till you try it! In our continuing effort to find the best possible cigar combos, we did a little experimentation over the past weekend. The results will absolutely surprise you.

Now everyone has their own personal tastes, but for similar results, we do recommend trying to do something similar to our process. First things first, I prefer a salmon fillet. Much easier to cook and find than a whole fish. When picking one at a supermarket, try to give it a small poke to see how the flesh reacts. It should spring back and not leave an indentation, this indicates it’s still fresh. It should have a vibrant orange or reddish hue, with no strong odors.

Pan seared Salmon
Image Source: Cooking Illustrated

Once you have your fish, using a chopping block, season with kosher salt, ground pepper, minced garlic, with slight amounts of soy sauce and honey. Pan fry with butter until it reaches your desired level of doneness, careful not to undercook! Enjoy!

Now that you had your savory, sweet and salty salmon. It’s time to light up. But what will complement the unique properties of fish? We thought long and hard on this one but eventually settled on the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature. The Signature was the right size to keep the flavors afloat for its duration without overwhelming them. Its medium strength gives it a fighting chance against the honey and garlic from the salmon, which is synergized with the notes of brown sugar and spices from the Signature. The whole experience leaves you full and incredibly content.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway
image source: Stogie Guys

Do you have a favorite cigar pairing? Let us know in the comments!

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