Poached Salmon

The first week of the new year is coming to an end. Posting everyday in December was a great challenge and I’m glad I did it and maybe I’ll revive it every once in awhile (shhh, don’t tell my husband), but I am back to posting 2 times a week.  You’ll see posts about what to make for dinner, lunch and even breakfast. Comfort food with a twist and of course, always gluten-free because in our house it has to be. To get everyone in my family to eat it, it has to be good. These are recipes that are tested by me, my husband, our 9 year old daughter and twin 6 year old boys.

We had family visiting from other parts of the country (south and the midwest) over the holidays so I made a fair amount of seafood. I made my best clam chowder to date, baked cod, poached salmon and roasted shrimp. Poaching fish is now my new favorite way to cook it! Since it was the holidays I went all out with the butter poaching liquid, but will soon test a recipe with broth so it is healthier and we can eat it more often.

Butter Poached Salmon


About 2 pounds of fresh salmon

4 sticks of butter

1/4 cup of olive oil

zest of one lemon

juice of one lemon

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

4-5 sprigs of thyme

4-5 basil leaves, torn


On medium heat, melt the butter and all the ingredients together in a large sauce pan or pot. Do not boil, but allow to simmer. Place the salmon into the butter and cover. If salmon is not fully covered by liquid, spoon it over the top. Cook until desired doneness, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Serve.

We enjoyed it with roasted shrimp and tomatoes, polenta and salad.

Looking forward to a year of new recipes, blogging, working on my cookbook and I even hope to start offering cooking lessons! I will need some test subjects, so stay tuned if you are interested!




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