Poached Salmon

Quick and EasyGluten-FreePaleoPoached Salmon

Poach delicious salmon steaks or fillets in only 15 minutes! Salmon poached in white wine, seasoned with fresh dill.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

How to make easy poached salmon

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.

3 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.

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Sharon

    Family loved this dish! Just dded lemon juice and pepper.


  2. Ken

    I’m glad that I found this recipe. It is going to be a regular for us. I have poached salmon in the past but it was using the deep poaching technique and the recipe that I used was with an orange sauce that reduced. It was tasty but this recipe is better and much more simple.

    I had a 1 pound piece of fish that was very thick so it was necessary to cook for about 12ish minutes. I first tested at 10 and it wasn’t enough. I pretty much followed the recipe as is. I only had flat leaf parsley and used onion instead of shallots. At the end I sprinkled with lemon juice and topped lightly with a few turns of the pepper mill and a small amount of dill. No extra salt above what was first put on prior to poaching , or anything else, was needed. We had sides of bästisar (a mix of rye, wheat, barley, and oats with garlic, jalapeno, ligonberry, and lemon flavoring), and some roasted zucchini with herbs. The next time I have it I’ll have sides of roasted red potatoes with dill, and grilled or roasted asparagus. Good stuff!


  3. Robin

    I have a question, if you poach the whole fish, rather than small filets, like in the photo above, how would you adjust the recipe?

    Thank you.

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  4. Violet

    Excellent recipe! Very simple and so delicious. I cooked it for nearly 9 minutes, which IMO was ever so slightly too long. Next time I’ll only poach it for 7 minutes… I used to poach fish years ago, but this method is not only faster, it’s even tastier.


  5. Marie

    Easy and delicious. My local market has wild salmon on sale, I bought it and some fresh dill. My family loved this, a great dinner. We love salmon, but this was my first time poaching it. Will be doing this more often, and will definitely do this for company!


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