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Easy Poached Salmon


Cook this simple salmon at the beginning of the week and use it in salads and sandwiches or as a main course on busy weeknights.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Whole Living, October 2011


  • 4 5-oz wild salmon fillets, skin on
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Coarse salt


  1. In a small pan, arrange fillets in a single layer. Cover with water until fillets are just submerged. Remove fillets and set aside. Add garlic, carrot, herbs, peppercorns, and wine. Bring to a boil, season with salt, then turn off heat; add fillets skin-side down, and cook, covered, until slightly underdone in the center, about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Reserve the poaching liquid and, once cool, combine with fillets.

Cook's Notes

Poached salmon can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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