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Quick Poached Salmon with Cucumber Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 24, 2022
There’s no reason to shy away from cooking fish at home with a recipe as effortless as this one. Besides basil, try using dill, fennel or coriander in the herby sauce. —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado
Quick Poached Salmon with Cucumber Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil


  1. In an 11x7-in. microwave-safe dish coated with cooking spray, combine the first 6 ingredients. Microwave, uncovered, on high until mixture comes to a boil, 2-3 minutes.
  2. Carefully add salmon to dish. Cover and microwave at 70% power until fish flakes easily with a fork, 5 to 5-1/2 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sour cream, cucumber, onion, salt and basil. Remove salmon from poaching liquid. Serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 salmon fillet with 3 tablespoons sauce: 361 calories, 21g fat (7g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 393mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 30g protein.

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