Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce Recipe

April 15, 2010 11 Comments

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce Recipe

How to Prepare a Delicious Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

Poaching is a wonderful way to keep delicate fish moist and flaky.  If you follow the simple steps for poaching and have patience, you will be rewarded with a succulent main course.  Poaching is a gentle moist heat technique of cooking and is perfect for a fish dish like this one but can be used for meat and chicken. And I’m guessing most of you have probably had poached eggs sometime in your life or what about poached pears?

Check out my cooking technique page on How to Poach to learn more about poaching, when to use this technique and steps for achieving great results.

I strongly urge you to buy an instant read thermometer if you don’t already own one.  It takes all the guess work out of determining doneness.

Fish Stock

This recipe calls for 2 quarts of fish stock and I recommend you make your own with some help on my fish stock recipe post or find a good commercial alternative.

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce Recipe


For the Salmon

One 2-pound filet of salmon

Salt and pepper, to taste

½ cup wine

Fish stock (broth), approximately 2 quarts, to cover salmon

For the Poaching Liquid

Bouquet Garnis - 2 dill sprigs, 5 peppercorns, ½ shallot, 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley - tied together in a cheesecloth.

½ cup diced onion

¼ cup diced carrot

¼ cup diced celery

For the Dill Sauce

1 bunch of dill

½ bunch flat-leaf parsley

6 oz. crème fraiche

Lemon juice, to taste

Salt and pepper, to taste

How To Prepare At Home

For the Salmon:

Salt and pepper the salmon on both sides.

Add the wine, broth, bouquet garnis, onion, carrot and celery to the poaching pan. Bring liquid up to about 160 degrees, F. Hold at this temperature for fifteen minutes.

Carefully lower the salmon into the pan. Add more broth, if necessary, to cover.

Gently poach the salmon until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees, F.

For the Dill Sauce:

Remove larger stems from the dill and the parsley. Put the ingredients in the bowl of your food processor. Process with on-off pulses until you have a thick sauce. Taste, and add more lemon juice, salt, and/or pepper, if needed.

The dish can be served warm or cold. If serving cold, make the salmon well ahead and chill it in its poaching liquid. Before serving, make the sauce. Then, slice the salmon into four portions, topping each portion with ¼ of the sauce.

If serving warm, gently warm the sauce on the stove, stirring constantly. Serve over the warm salmon.

Last modified on Tue 8 March 2016 1:12 pm

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  1. PeterV says:

    Looks divine. Questions: 1) Do you remove the skin from the fish before poaching? 2) What do you recommend as an accompaniment with the fish? i.e. mashed potato or salad etc?

    Hi Peter, thanks for the questions. I leave the skin on the fillet because that’s how I buy it. I suppose I could ask my fishmonger to remove the skin or remove it myself but after you poach it, I may serve it in pieces and the meat comes off the skin easily. As for what to serve, the options are limitless. Go with something in season. Mashed may be too heavy for this dish. I would prefer new potatoes. Salads always work well. – RG

  2. Lucy Young says:

    what about salmon steaks?

    Hi Lucy, personally, I wouldn’t poach salmon steaks. – RG

  3. sarsi cabael says:

    Hello! I think this recipe is great! But can i use snapper instead of salmon? Thanks!

    Hi Sarsi, I don’t see why not. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you. – RG

  4. Tim Mc says:

    RG, I adapted your recipe slightly and wrapped the salmon in a filo pastry and popped it in the oven. It was masterful. Thanks for all you great stuff

    You are welcome Tim – RG

  5. Lovi Hunter says:

    Wow reading you’re recipe makes me hungry, plus the fact it’s healthy. Thank you for your very informative post. I’m hoping to read more recipes from you.

    Hi Lovi, thanks for commenting and look forward to more of your comments. – RG

  6. Regine Smith says:

    Your recipe looks good. We are white meat lovers and I would like to try this at home. I am also a cook, I know a good recipe just by looking on how it is done.

  7. Angela Winston says:

    I really have to thank you for such a delicious and easy to follow recipe. Though I really don’t cook much often. I have managed to follow the instruction perfectly and the result was promising.

    Hi Angela, thanks for sharing. – RG

  8. Wendy Jones says:

    Whew! this meal is so awesome. It suddenly made me hungry. Thumbs up!

    Thanks Wendy Jones for sharing. – RG

  9. Glen says:

    WHY wouldn’t you poach salmon steaks, in re: your response to Lucy Young. Thank you.

    Hi Glen, not sure why I said I wouldn’t poach salmon steaks expect I prefer to grill or roast them but you can certainly poach them if you like. Salmon is just a great fish for poaching no matter what the cut. – RG

  10. Dan Gaudiano says:

    Easy to prepare and a great meal. We poached the salmon following the recipe but we prefer a warm sauce so we made our own. Two tbsp of butter, 1/8 cup of white wine, 2 tbsp of fat free half and half and 1 tbs of fresh dill. This is for 1lb of salmon.

    Sounds good Dan, I’ll have to try it. – RG

  11. Donya27 says:

    salmon salmon salmon i love that dish, it’s very delicious and healthy for me with side salad… yummy

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