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Poached salmon with lemon slices on a plate
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Poached Salmon with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

The simplicity and elegance of this dish makes it a quick, easy, and versatile meal to serve at weeknight dinners and dinner parties alike. Wild-caught Alaskan Poached Salmon is the star of this healthy recipe, which is extremely sustainable compared to other types of fish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Low Carb, Seafood
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 119kcal


  • 4 6 ounce salmon fillets
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 lemon (cut into 4-5 slices)
  • 1 shallot (cut into thin strips)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 sprigs thyme


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the lemon slices and cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until hot and bubbly. 
  • Add the shallot and garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Pour in the wine and add the thyme sprigs.
  • Season the salmon with salt and pepper and place in the pan.
  • Cover with a cartouche (parchment paper cut into a circle the size of your pan with a small hole cut into the center to vent).
  • Bake 6-8 minutes or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve with pan sauce and fresh thyme leaves.



Tips and Techniques

  • For the best flavor, use the highest quality salmon that you can find.
  • To make the recipe alcohol-free, you can use water in place of the white wine.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 3-4 days.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 229IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg