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.
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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
Freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 slices fresh lemon, to serve
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.
Add the salmon:
Sprinkle the salmon fillets with a little salt. Place salmon fillets, skin-side down on the pan, and cover.
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.
Serve sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper and a slice or two of lemon on the side.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 21g||27%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Total Carbohydrate 5g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||61%|
|*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.|