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.
Video: How to Make Easy Poached Salmon
Easy Poached Salmon
- ½ cup dry white wine (a good Sauvignon Blanc)
- ½ cup water
- Several sprigs of fresh dill or sprinkle of dried dill
- A sprig of fresh parsley
- 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced or a few thin slices of onion
- 1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillets, pin bones removed
- Freshly ground black pepper
- A few slices of 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. Cover.
Cook 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.