This poached salmon recipe comes out perfectly moist and flaky every time! It's drizzled in a delicious chive butter, takes only 15 minutes, and is a perfect low-carb, keto recipe.
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Perfect Poached Salmon with Chive Butter

This poached salmon recipe comes out perfectly moist and flaky every time, and it's drizzled in a delicious chive butter, takes only 15 minutes, and is a perfect low-carb, keto recipe!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Seafood
Cuisine: Scandinavian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1-1.25 lbs. salmon skin on, thick center cut preferable, cut into 4 portions
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh dill plus more for garnish
  • kosher salt to taste (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 thick slices red onion
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter see notes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  • In a large skillet with a lid, place the salmon pieces skin side down with the onion, dill sprigs, and about a tablespoon of salt. Cover everything with cold water.
  • Place on your stovetop and turn on the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer uncovered for 10-12 minutes, or until salmon flakes apart easily with a fork. Make sure it stays submerged in the water- add more if you need to.
  • Meanwhile, melt the salted butter (4 tablespoons) and the chives (1 tablespoon) together (I microwaved it for about 20 seconds).
  • Carefully remove the salmon from the skillet (I used a fish spatula to do this) and serve drizzled with the chive butter and garnished with extra fresh dill.

Notes

  • If you don't have salted butter, just add a pinch of salt in with the chives.
  • Serving suggestion: serve with boiled potatoes and steamed asparagus, and drizzle the vegetables with some of the chive butter.
  • Don't waste the poaching liquid. Strain it and save it, in your fridge or freezer, as stock for making seafood or clam chowders, fish stew, etc.
  • For a dairy-free/paleo compliant version, use ghee instead of butter.
  • The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.
     

Nutrition

Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 556mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg