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Poached Salmon
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This garlic and herb Poached Salmon is a healthy and easy dinner that comes together in just minutes!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to poach salmon, poached salmon, poached salmon recipe
Servings: 2 - 3 servings
Calories: 371 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 1 ½ cups dry white wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 lemon slices (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
  • 5 sprigs fresh dill (or 2 teaspoons dried dill) (plus extra for garnish)
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley) (plus extra for garnish)
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme) (plus extra for garnish)
  • 3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb. fresh skinless, boneless salmon fillet
  • Garnish: lemon zest, sliced lemon, or chopped fresh herbs
  1. In a medium skillet or saucepan, combine wine, water, lemon slices, onion, dill, parsley, thyme, garlic and salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce liquid to a simmer over low heat, add the salmon, and cover.
  3. Cook for 5-8 minutes, just until salmon is done.
  4. Remove salmon to serving plates.
  5. Garnish with fresh lemon zest and chopped herbs, if desired.
Recipe Notes
  • How do you know when poached salmon is done? Depending on the size and thickness of your salmon fillet, it should require about 5-8 minutes in the poaching liquid. There are a couple of ways to know when your salmon is cooked through. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork. You can also insert a knife into the thickest part of the fish, and if the inside still looks completely translucent, continue cooking. When it's done, the salmon will look slightly translucent and pink on the inside.
  • Can poached salmon be made ahead? Yes! The salmon is best if enjoyed within 12 hours of poaching. It can be served cold when you need it!
  • How long does poached salmon keep? Wrapped tightly, the salmon will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Can poached salmon be frozen? Yes! Wrapped tightly, the cooked salmon will keep in the freezer for 4-6 months.
  • Can you reheat poached salmon? Yes, but go low-and-slow! You want to be careful, because it's easy to over-cook the salmon if you reheat it too much. To reheat the fish, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight (if it has been frozen), place it on a rimmed baking sheet, and then gently warm the salmon in a 275 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.
  • How much poached salmon per person? On average, each person will eat about 1/2 pound of raw salmon (or about 6 ounces of poached salmon).
  • Mix up the herbs! If you don't care for dill (or any of the other herbs that I used here), you can swap them out for your favorites.
  • How to decorate poached salmon: To make the salmon look pretty, I like to garnish the cooked fish with a slice of fresh lemon and some fresh herbs. Bonus -- these fresh ingredients add extra flavor, too!
  • Is poached salmon healthy? Yes, this recipe is very good for you! It's high in protein, low in carbs and sugar, and it's a great way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.

Recipe adapted from The Martha Stewart Cookbook.

Nutrition Facts
Poached Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 of the salmon)
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 690mg30%
Potassium 1154mg33%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 91IU2%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.