Easy Poached Salmon with a Lemon Vinaigrette

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"This is such a nice change from grilled or baked salmon, light flavors served with a very simple lemon vinaigrette. And, this may not be the most traditional method for poaching, but it is definitely easy and good. This method can be used with either a whole fillet of salmon, salmon steaks, or individual pieces. This also works as well with any white fish. And the vinaigrette (posted separately) is very versatile, in that it is wonderful on all seafood; but also delicious on vegetables or lamb."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (698.1 g)
  • Calories 598.4
  • Total Fat - 16 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 60.1 mg
  • Sodium - 1511.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.6 g
  • Sugars - 7.4 g
  • Protein - 34 g
  • Calcium - 144.5 mg
  • Iron - 4.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 93 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step 1

Vinaigrette ... Add the lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, capers, salt and pepper to a small bowl and mix well. Go easy on the salt, as the capers are salty. Set to the side until ready to use.

Step 2

Salmon ... Remove the salmon from the refrigerator to take the chill off. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Poaching Liquid ... Add the onion slices to the saute pan along with the lemon and bring to medium heat. NO need for oil or butter. Let them sweat a few minutes until they begin to soften. Then add in the wine, broth, and pepper corns and bring to a light boil. Add the salmon, skin side down, and reduce to medium low and cover. Cook the salmon 7-15 minutes depending on the thickness, until firm to the touch but still pink on the inside.

Step 4

Serving ... Add the cooked rice to a serving bowl and top with the salmon pieces. Pour the poaching liquid over the salmon and garnish with the fresh lemon slices and dill. I love to serve this with rice and creamed onions. ENJOY!

Tips & Variations

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So easy, delicious and healthy! I made wild rice pilaf and roasted broccoli to have with it, and it was very much enjoyed!

review by:
(30 Oct 2020)


My husband is still talking about this after I made it over the weekend. It is so delicious and the sauce really made it good! The salmon was so moist and it melted in our mouth. I wasn't quite sure what to make with it so I made some potatoes sprinkled with fresh lemon, lemon pepper, dill, salt and pepper and roasted in the oven. I served the sauce over the potatoes too. Delicious combination!

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(12 Mar 2014)