Easy Citrus Poached Salmon Recipe
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. We lived close to the Columbia River and only about 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean. As a kid I remember fishing for steelhead and salmon in the river and when we went to the beach, digging for razor clams.
You know when you're a kid, you don't have a care in the world. You stay up as late as you want, get up whenever you choose and eat whatever you please, I miss those days! As you get older though, things change! My Dad has always said age 0-50 your body will take care of you, over 50, you need to take care of your body.
Dad would know, he was diagnosed with diabetes in 2002 at age 62. Since then I have Aunts, Uncles and even Cousins who have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is very prevalent in our family.
Dad takes medicine daily for diabetes. He's taken classes to learn more and has heeded his Doctor's advice and lost weight. (Please consult your doctor about what's best for you). Dad follows a strict regimen and eats meals and snacks at certain times daily.
My Mom supports him by fixing great meals that conform to his diabetic diet. After 57 years of marriage, they are quite the team! We have had more conversations about diabetics than I can count and they are great role models.
The time is now to make small changes that will make a big difference. Like, eat more fish....
Really good fish! Today I'm sharing an easy Poached Salmon recipe. I think you're going to love it! I do because it can be served cold or warm, it cooks quickly so it's an easy weeknight meal or it's perfect for a fancy brunch!
On a side note, this is wild salmon and these pictures have not been enhanced. Amazing huh?!!!
There are a couple things to remember when purchasing fish -
- purchase the fish the same day you are going to cook it
- take a deep breath, fresh fish will not have any smell
- the flesh should be shiny
- when you bring fish home from the market, place it on top of a bowl full of ice (preferably crushed ice) in the refrigerator, keeping it cold will keep it fresh longer
- if the fillets contain bones, use pliers or tweezers to remove them
- wild salmon will be deep red in color and more flavorful than farm raised salmon which will be orange
This is a simple dish. You'll combine the ingredients for the broth, allow it to a simmer, then simply slide in the fish and allow it to poach.
Every 5 minutes or so, I lifted the lid and spooned the sauce over the fillets. When it was done I refrigerated it and served it for dinner in the evening. The orange & lemon juice give it a light citrus flavor and poaching the fish keeps it juicy and moist.
Easy Citrus Poached Salmon Recipe
- 1 ½ cups chicken or seafood broth
- 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice about 3 oranges
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ½ lemon squeezed
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 salmon fillets
- tablespoon Optional garnishes 1 each chopped dill and chives
- Combine the broth, orange juice, lemon juice, dill, salt, peppercorns and bay leaf in a skillet or pan with tall sides. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to allow all of the flavors to come together.
- Skin side down, slide the salmon into the simmering broth. The broth should come halfway up the sides of the fish. Spoon the sauce over the fish, cover and cook for 5 minutes, baste again and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the flesh is firm.
- Serve warm or chilled, garnish with chopped dill & chives.