Every good cook has a fast fancy recipe in their back pocket. Something that looks and tastes fancy, but that can be done quickly. This poached salmon is a winner in that category. The hardest part is chopping the onions because the salmon only takes about 6 minutes to cook. One of my favorite things about this dish (besides it being ready in 10 minutes!), is that it can be served hot or cold! Toss the ingredients in a pan, then while it cooks for 10 minutes you can open a bottle of wine, put out some cheese and crackers on pretty plates, open a package of chocolates for dessert, then take out the salmon, plate it and stash it in the fridge while you get dressed, and you can be ready to host a romantic dinner, or cozy dinner party in no time!

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To make this poached salmon, get out your chopping knife,  pop on some sunglasses to shield you from the onion fumes, and go to town on a big white onion. That’s the toughest part of the recipe!

Poached Salmon |

Arrange salmon in a shallow saucepan and cover with cold water. Add in your vinegar (You can use white wine vinegar, but I prefer rice vinegar. Its a little sweeter and I think it goes nicely with the fresh dill.), peppercorns, peppers, dill, and a sprinkling of salt. That’s it! Six minutes later and you are done!  Poached Salmon |

Remove the salmon from the pan and drain. I scooped up a bunch of the dill and onions to serve on top. Poached Salmon | Poached Salmon |


For a garnish, I like lemons. Surprising, I know!  They add a nice pop of color and you can squeeze them on top of the salmon for an acidic punch of flavor. They multitask!

Poached Salmon |

This recipe is written out to serve two for a romantic dinner with a little leftover depending on how much your like to eat. It can very easily be doubled to serve six! If you and your hunny love it, then try doubling it for a nice dinner party with friends.

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I will caution you to pick a nice salmon steak for making Poached Salmon. The flavors are light and allow the fish to speak for itself so if you have subpar salmon, there is no hiding behind a sticky sweet sauce!

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Poached Salmon


  • 2lb Salmon Steaks
  • 2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar or Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Sliced Onion
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill (or 2 stalks fresh dill)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or pepper flakes)
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • Salt to taste


  1. Arrange salmon in shallow saucepan.
  2. Cover with cold water and remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat.
  5. Simmer 6 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Remove fish and drain.
  7. May be served warm or chilled.
  8. Recipe can be doubled to serve 6.

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