Poached Salmon

Whether you are entertaining a crowd or making a simple meal for one, there’s nothing more easy, healthy, and delicious than poached salmon. This is my hands down favorite way to prepare salmon, because it’s so quick!

Start to finish it takes only 15 minutes (at least with a small fillet), and it doesn’t stink up the kitchen the way broiling or frying salmon can.

The method we use is “shallow poaching”. Rather than submerging the salmon into a poaching liquid, we rest it on a bed of shallots, parsley, and dill, with a little white wine and water, bring to a simmer, cover and cook. The salmon cooks gently and absorbs the flavors of the aromatics.

Updated from the recipe archive, first posted 2004.

Poached Salmon Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4 or more, depending on the size of the fillet


  • 1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillets, pin bones removed
  • Salt
  • ½ cup dry white wine (a good Sauvignon Blanc)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced or a few thin slices of onion
  • Several sprigs of fresh dill or sprinkle of dried dill
  • A sprig of fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A few slices of fresh lemon to serve


1 Sprinkle the salmon fillets with a little salt. Put the wine, water, dill, parsley and shallots or onions in a sauté pan, and bring to a simmer on medium heat.


2 Place salmon fillets, skin-side down on the pan. Cover.

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Cook 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, or to desired done-ness. Do not overcook. Serve sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and a slice or two of lemon.



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Shallow poaching versus deep poaching - an explanation on Wikipedia


Poached Salmon

Feed a crowd with a large fillet poached in a fish poacher or a pan wide enough to hold the whole fillet. Add enough white wine and water to cover the bottom of the pan by at least 1/4 of an inch.

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  • Ily

    I tried the poached salmon last night. It was fantastic! The recipe was simple. I was able to make it with things I had on hand, minus the salmon fillets, and it didn’t smell up the house! My boyfriend had been nixing the idea of salmon because of the smell!

    This was my first recipe from your site… it will be the first of many!

  • Ash

    This recipe is great, I made it as a treat for my fiancee on valentines and she loved it. We are both watching our weight so we can get into our outfits, her dress is going to be amazing and my suit will make me look good.

    This recipe was tasy, fulfilling and great. We had it with mange tout and new potatoes with a nice white wine.

    Thank you soo much

  • Chris Hayes

    I came home with a piece of salmon not knowing how I was going to cook it. This recipe was so quick and easy and so delicious. I am very surprised that I have been missing things like this for so long. Thank you.

  • Carolyn Kennard

    This is a fantastic way to poach salmon, so simple, I have made it at least a dozen times and will not try it any other way. I normally serve butternut squash and spinach/strawberry salad with it. GREAT

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