Pinot Noir Poached Salmon Recipe

Pinot Noir Poached Salmon is wonderful as the salmon is very delicate and tasty.  Be sure and give this poached salmon recipe a try!

My neighbor gave me a fresh salmon filet that he had just caught a couple of hours before.  Naturally, I wanted to cook and serve this fresh-caught salmon for dinner.  Since Pinot Noir wine is a favorite of my husband and I (having a vineyard of Pinot Noir grapes also helps), I decided to try poaching the salmon in the wine.  Well, the Pinot Noir Poached Salmon was outstanding!

close up image of Poached Salmon topped with rosemary and garnished with lemon slices

Learn about the interesting Story of Pacific Salmon.

More of Linda’s great Salmon Recipes and also How To Select, Buy, and Cook Fish.

Pinot Noir Poached Salmon Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pinot Noir Poached Salmon Recipe
Servings: 2 servings
  1. Wash salmon fillet and pat dry; squeeze lemon juice over the top of the salmon, sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper.

  2. In a skillet or frying pan that is 2-inches deep, add wine and water and bring just to a simmer; reduce heat to low.  Add salmon fillet or steaks in a single layer (skin-side down if using a fillet).  Cover and simmer approximately 8 to 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. (salmon will be slightly opaque in thickest part).  Remember the salmon continues to cook after it is removed from the heat source.

  3. Carefully remove salmon from pan and transfer onto individual serving plates.

  4. Approximately cooking times for salmon:

  5. 1/4 to 1/3-inch - 3 to 4 minutes

  6. 1/2 to 3/4-inch - 4 to 6 minutes

  7. 1 to 1 1/2-inch - 8 to 12 minutes

  8. After removing the poached salmon, let the liquid boil until reduced to approximately 1/3 cup.  Remove pan from heat.  Add the butter and mix it in by swirling the pan.

  9. Pour the sauce over the salmon just before serving.

  10. Makes 2 servings.

Source:  Photo by Larry Crowe, AP photo.

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