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Overhead view of poached salmon with lemon and onion in a bowl.

Perfect Poached Salmon

Achieve buttery, flaky salmon with this easy poached method! Perfectly cooked and seasoned salmon ready for a healthy meal. This poached salmon recipe comes together in two simple steps and under 15 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy to make, seafood, summer recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 302kcal


  • Large skillet with high sides and lid


  • 1 cup dry white wine see Notes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 medium onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh dill
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste


  • Add white wine, water, onion, lemon, and dill to large skillet. Stir and bring to boil, then lower heat and reduce to simmer.
  • Liberally season salmon fillets with salt. Add salmon to skillet and cover. Cook 10 minutes, then carefully remove salmon from skillet and serve with additional fresh dill and lemon wedges.


  • Make it Whole30: Replace the white wine with water, and add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for brightness!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 663mg | Potassium: 920mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 3g