This simple poached salmon recipe produces the juiciest, most tender salmon you’ll ever have! It is likewise among our preferred salmon recipes! Our mild poaching strategy warranties that your salmon will be tasty and damp.

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Related: See how we poach shrimp or this popular poached chicken recipe.

Poached Salmon Ingredients

You require salmon fillets, water, salt, and pepper for the a lot of standard poached salmon. It’s that simple. I will discuss different aromatics I like when poaching below, however understand this: poached salmon with water, salt, and pepper is tasty, tender, and succulent! The aromatics I share listed below just contribute to the celebration.

For the salmon, I utilize salmon fillets around 1 inch thick since thicker fillets will remain more tender and succulent when poached, however any piece of salmon will deal with our technique. I likewise like fattier ranges of salmon like King, Coho, and Sockeye. We likewise like Steelhead in this recipe because it is extremely comparable to Atlantic salmon.

I tend to keep the skin on my salmon fillets The skin is a lot easier to eliminate after cooking, and it functions as a barrier for heat originating from listed below the fillets, safeguarding them from overcooking.

Perfect Poached Salmon with Lemon and Dill

So, as I stated above, you can make tasty, tender poached salmon with water, salt, and pepper alone, however for some more taste, we like the following ingredients for the poaching liquid:

  • Gewurztraminer or broth— I like utilizing a mix of red wine with water when I have gewurztraminer in your home. I utilized Lillet Blanc (remaining from making this French onion soup) in our images and liked the outcomes! White wine includes such a wonderful taste and works perfectly with salmon. When I do not have red wine on hand, I utilize broth. Veggie broth or a light chicken broth are excellent alternatives; if you have it, seafood stock is exceptional. Bear in mind that water is completely appropriate when poaching salmon, so if you do not have red wine or broth, usage water.
  • Chopped lemon— Poaching salmon with fresh lemon is timeless! Limes and even oranges are likewise exceptional in poaching liquid.
  • Chopped shallot— I like the fragile, sweet taste and fragrance of shallot, which is why I like them in this poaching liquid. Smashed garlic cloves or sliced sweet onion are excellent options.
  • Chopped fennel bulb— While optional, whenever I prepare to poach salmon, I toss a fennel bulb into my cart at the shop. I like how it perfumes the salmon fillets with its sweet licorice fragrance. I may even include a couple of additional to the cart and make this fennel and apple salad to serve with my salmon (it is such a wonderful mix).
  • Fresh herbs, specifically fresh dill— Dill and salmon are a timeless mix, not to discuss we like dill around here (see this baked salmon, our dill and chickpea salad, and these dill pickles).

How to Poach Salmon

To poach salmon, follow these simple actions. Initially, if utilizing them, include aromatics (such as lemon pieces, shallot, fennel, and herbs) to the bottom of a frying pan with a cover. Then location skilled salmon fillets down in one layer on top of your aromatics.

Skillet with lemon slices, shallot, fennel and salmon fillets

Pour 1 1/2 cups of liquid (water, broth, or gewurztraminer) into the frying pan. The liquid just requires to come 1/4 the method up the salmon (if that). We are shallow poaching the salmon, and because it cooks with the cover on, the entire piece of salmon will carefully poach/steam even if it isn’t totally immersed in the poaching liquid.

Pouring wine and water into the skillet for poached salmon

I like spreading rather a great deal of fresh dill into the frying pan. Other herbs like thyme, a bay leaf, mint, and parsley are all terrific alternatives.

Adding fresh dill to the salmon in the skillet

Bring the liquid to a simmer, then minimize the heat to low and cover with a cover up until the salmon is prepared in the middle (describe the notes listed below for assistance on informing when the salmon is done).

How to Inform When Salmon is Done

Depending upon your salmon fillets’ density, you are taking a look at 5 to 12 minutes to poach salmon It’s simple to inform when salmon is prepared with these 2 easy checks:

Initially, you can utilize a meat thermometer to inspect the internal temperature level of the thickest part of the salmon fillet. For medium doneness, eliminate the salmon from heat when the temperature level is in between 125-130 ° F( 52-54 ° C ). If you choose firmer salmon in the center, prepare it to an internal temperature level of 145 ° F( 63 ° C).

Another method to check is by the texture of the salmon When it flakes quickly with a fork, it is completed cooking. Merely press a fork into the thickest location of the fillet. If the salmon flakes, it is all set. If it is resistant, poach the salmon a little bit longer.

For more simple salmon recipes, see our hoisin glazed salmon (recipe coming quickly) or this lemon and dill baked salmon.

How to Serve Poached Salmon

Perfect Poached Salmon

Perfect Poached Salmon

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Poached salmon is among our preferred salmon recipes! By poaching the salmon, it cooks rapidly and remains damp, flaky, and tender. The aromatics (lemon, shallot, fennel, and dill) are optional, however include great deals of tasty taste. For the poaching liquid, you can utilize water, broth, or a mix of water and gewurztraminer.

Serves 4

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You Will Require

4 skin-on salmon fillets, 6 ounces each

1 cup water

1/2 cup gewurztraminer or broth

1 lemon, chopped

1 shallot, sliced

1 medium fennel bulb, sliced

6 sprigs fresh dill or other great herb like parsley, cilantro or mint

Salt and fresh ground black pepper


    1 Make a bed of lemon pieces, shallot, and fennel in the bottom of a large frying pan with a cover.

    2 Gently season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper, then put them, skin side down, on the lemon pieces, shallot, and fennel.

    3 Scatter fresh dill around the pan and on top of the salmon.

    4 Pour in the water and red wine. The liquid does not require to cover the salmon. Considering that we are preparing it with the cover on, the salmon with poach/steam, even if they are not immersed in the liquid.

    5 Location the frying pan over medium-high heat and give a simmer. When the liquid is strongly simmering, turn the heat to low and cover the frying pan with its cover.

    6 Prepare up until an internal temperature level thermometer checks out in between 125-130 ° F( 52-54 ° C) or when the thickest part of the salmon flakes when pierced with a fork; 5 to 12 minutes, depending upon how thick the salmon fillets are. Serve

Adam and Joanne’s Tips

  • Usage skin-on fillets: The skin is a lot easier to eliminate after cooking, and it functions as a barrier for heat originating from listed below the fillets, safeguarding them from overcooking.
  • Nutrition realities: The nutrition realities offered below are price quotes. We have actually utilized the USDA database to compute approximate worths.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Serving Size
1 fillet
Overall Fat
10.1 g
Hydrogenated Fat
2.2 g
76.5 mg
203.6 mg
2.6 g
Dietary Fiber
0.8 g
Overall Sugars
1.1 g
37.1 g


Adam and Joanne Gallagher