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Poached Salmon

A Heart-Healthy Recipe from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Number of Servings: 4

The tomato relish adds just the right amount of flavor.


For spicy tomato relish:

  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

For salmon:

  • 4 salmon steaks, 5 oz each
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, thickly sliced
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 1 small onion, thickly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. To prepare relish, combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and set aside.
  2. Using a pan large enough to hold salmon steaks, bring water to a boil and add peppercorns, lemon slices, parsley, onion, and bay leaves.
  3. Lower heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and let flavors infuse for 5 minutes. Add salmon steaks and make sure they are covered with water (add additional water if needed).
  4. Cook, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork in the thickest part (minimum internal temperature of 145 °F). Never let water boil or fish will toughen.
  5. Serve each steak with relish.

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