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Poached Salmon Recipe

Staff Writer
Apples & Onions


A simple and delicate preparation that is perfect to serve for a spring luncheon, either alone or as a part of a Deconstructed Salmon Niçoise Salad. — Allison Beck

Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 cups white wine
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Eight 6-ounce fillets salmon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • Fresh dill and/or parsley, finely chopped, plus more for garnishing the plate


In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the wine and water. 

Season the salmon and gently lay each piece in the warm poaching liquid. Top each piece of salmon with a pat of butter (it will slip off) and raise the heat so the liquid comes to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook until the salmon is just opaque and firm, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the pan, pat dry, and let cool. Serve cold or at room temperature with a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

Poached Salmon Shopping Tip

A fresh fish should not smell fishy nor have milky, opaque eyes; it should have bright red gills, firm flesh, and a tight anal cavity.

Poached Salmon Cooking Tip

Whole fish should be stored upright in ice in the refrigerator.