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How to Poach a Salmon

How to Poach a Salmon and Make it a Whole Lot Tastier

Poached salmon tastes delicious, especially when you make it with a savory liquid of your choice. Read the following article to learn the ropes and treat your family to a mouth-watering dish tonight.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
If you are bored with the regular salmon cooking method, try the new and healthy method of poaching. Yes, it is a simple and different way of cooking salmon in a savory liquid, with your preferred flavoring spices. You just need 15 minutes for completing the steps. Hence, it is an excellent dish for fixing a quick meal, especially when you are in a hurry. And the best part is it simply tastes great with or without additional sauce.

Methods for Poaching a Salmon

This recipe is for those who love the true, moist and tender taste of salmon, which you will not get with baking or grilling methods. To get the best tasting dish, make sure you buy fresh, center-cut, thick salmon fillets. And choose cuts having intact skin. Based on your convenience, poaching salmon can be done with plain water or bouillon, or in the oven or a stove.

Poaching a Salmon in Water

Required Supplies
  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon steaks
  • 3 - 4 cups water
  • 1 lemon, thickly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thickly sliced
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 black peppercorns
Procedure for Poaching Salmon

Select a large pan that is big enough to hold salmon steaks. Pour water in the pan and add the ingredients - lemon slices, onion, parsley, bay leaves, sea salt and peppercorns. Bring water to a rolling boil and reduce heat. Cover the lid and allow the flavoring herbs to infuse for 4-6 minutes. Add salmon steaks in it, making sure that they are submerged completely in the cooking water. If required, you can add some hot water. Cook the fish, uncovered, until they become soft. Drain water and serve poached salmon after drizzling a savory dressing over it.

Poaching Salmon Filets with Court Bouillon

Required Supplies
  • 1 to 1½ pounds salmon fillets
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 shallot peeled and thinly sliced
  • Dashes of dried dill, or several fresh dill sprigs
  • 1 sprig of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Procedure for Poaching Salmon

This is a tasty fish recipe for serving in dinner. In a saute pan, add the ingredients for making court bouillon - water, white wine, onion, carrot, shallot and salt. Place it over the stove in a high heat setting. As it reaches the boiling temperature, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add salmon filets with the skin side down, and parsley. Cover lid and cook salmon for 8-10 minutes, or until you get the desired doneness. Sprinkle black pepper to taste and serve hot. Or allow it to chill in the refrigerator for serving it cold.

Poaching a Salmon in the Oven

Required Supplies
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Dashes of dried dill weed
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 salmon fillets with skin
Procedure for Poaching Salmon

In a large microwave safe casserole dish, combine together white wine, lemon juice, sugar, dried dill weed (or fresh chopped dill weed), sea salt and pepper. Cover lid and heat in the oven until the butter melts completely, say 2-3 minutes. Gently place the salmon fillets in the dish and put the lid on. Cook the fish in high heat setting, for about 6-7 minutes. Remove it from oven and add more seasoning spices, if required. With this, your poached salmon recipe is done. Serve with your favorite veggies on the side.

So, this was all about how you can poach a salmon easily. With poached salmon, you have the option of serving it alone or with a complementary sauce. Also, it tastes great, whether you serve it cold or warm. In case, you are expecting some guests, you can make it ahead of time and serve it cold. What's more, poached salmon is a fresher and healthier substitute for canned salmon.
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