Poached Salmon

This simple and delicious poached salmon is on your plate in only 15 minutes. Deceptively fancy, it’s the perfect option for solo dining or when you’re entertaining in a hurry.

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

Video: How to Make Easy Poached Salmon


Easy Poached Salmon

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.

Poached salmon on a plate with lemon slices and dill
Elise Bauer

Poached Salmon

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 to 4 servings

To feed a crowd with a large fillet, use a pan wide enough to hold the whole fillet. Then, add enough white wine and water to cover the bottom of the pan by at least 1/4 of an inch.


  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (a good Sauvignon Blanc)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Several sprigs of fresh dill or a sprinkle of dried dill

  • 1 sprig fresh parsley

  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced, or a few thin slices of onion

  •  1 to 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets, pin bones removed

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 to 3 slices fresh lemon, to serve


  1. Prepare the poaching liquid:

    Put the wine, water, dill, parsley and shallots or onions in a sauté pan, and bring to a simmer on medium heat.

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  2. Add the salmon:

    Sprinkle the salmon fillets with a little salt. Place salmon fillets, skin-side down on the pan, and cover.

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  3. Cook and serve the salmon:

    Cook 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, or to desired done-ness. Do not overcook.

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    Serve sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and a slice or two of lemon on the side.

    Poached Salmon
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
380 Calories
21g Fat
5g Carbs
38g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 380
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 254mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 750mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.