Poached Salmon Recipe

The BEST poached salmon always turns out tender! For a healthy meal, serve it with your favourite sides!


– 4 salmon filets about 1.5 to 2 lbs total – Sea salt and black pepper – 1 tsp onion powder – ½ tsp paprika – 1/2 cup dry white wine – 1/2 cup water – 3 cloves garlic minced – 1 tsp dried parsley – 1 lemon cut into wedge


After unpackaging, place salmon on a cutting board or large plate. Take off excess moisture with paper towels. Spice salmon with sea salt, onion powder, black pepper, and paprika.

Step 1

Heat water, wine, and chopped garlic in a large skillet on high until boiling. Note: I cook all four fillets in a 12-inch skillet for even cooking. Though small, the liquid is enough.

Step 2

After the water boils, carefully place salmon fillets skin-side down in the skillet. To simmer salmon, cover the skillet and reduce heat to medium or medium-low. 

Step 3

Cook salmon for 5–10 minutes (145 degrees F for tender, fully cooked). Thick salmon fillets take 8-10 minutes, thin ones 5 minutes

Step 4

To check fish internal temperatures, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of each fillet. Correct cooking time for salmon depends on its temperature, thickness, and preferred method.

Step 5

Serve the salmon fillets on separate plates after removing the skillet from heat.

Step 6

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