Poached salmon

Tried this recipe to see if it would yield a moister salmon filet. It did, big time,  and it was cooked through nicely as well. But the kicker was the sauce! I’ve been looking for a way to make a sauce that would equal the out-of-the-bottle lemon-butter-dill sauce we crave. But it’s too expensive as a steady purchase and not as good as what I can make easily at home. The lemon-butter-dill sauce option that comes with this recipe was better than the bottled stuff by far. Salmon this way has been a bit hit with family and friends.

I first saw this approach on ATK and tried it change up my salmon routine. Now, this is my favorite. I especially like to get a big slab of salmon at Costco, slice into eight portions and freeze until needed for “salmon night.”

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Poached salmon

Moist and delicious, this is a go-to salmon staple for family and guests.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword butter, lemon, poach, salmon, wine
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author dad


  • 12" skillet with lid


  • 4 skinless salmon filets, 1.5-2 inches wide each
  • 2 medium lemons, sliced Slice off lemon top and bottom, then slice each lemon cross-wise into four pieces.
  • 1/2 cup white wine A drinkable Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio works well here.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp shallot, finely chopped optionally, use onion
  • 2 tbsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped or 1 tbsp dried
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely copped or 1 tbsp dried
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Add water and wine to skillet. Heat over medium heat to gentle boil.
  • Carefully add lemon slices to skillet. Two lemon slices make a platform for one salmon filet. Carefully place each filet on two of the lemon slices.
  • Sprinkle shallot, tarragon, and parsley over the filets. Cover the pan. Return to a gentle boil or simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Remove skillet lid. Gently remove salmon filets and lemon to a plate. Increase heat and reduce liquid to 3-4 tbsp, adding butter and swirling to melt and combine.
  • Once liquid is reduced, pour through a strainer into a small bowl containing 1 tbsp honey and 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  • Serve salmon, spooning sauce over each filet.

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