Easy Poached Salmon with Lemony Herb Pesto




This foolproof way to cook  salmon ensures juicy results and is perfect for make-ahead meal prep too!  Enjoy delicate, buttery salmon warm or chilled with a bright herb pesto that gives an amazing pop of flavor!

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1 tsp peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 sprig fresh dill
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp kosher salt
1 package Salmon
Lemony Herb Pesto
1 TB olive oil
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp water
1 cup mixed chopped herbs (dill, tarragon, chives, basil, cilantro, or parsley)
1 small garlic clove
1 tsp dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste


Place the peppercorns, bay leaf, dill, lemon, onion, and salt in a shallow pan. Add the salmon filets skin side down and add enough water just to cover the top of the salmon. Heat over medium heat until simmering.
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Cover pan and simmer salmon for an additional 8-10 minutes for medium (adjust timing to cook salmon to your liking!) Use a slotted spatula to remove salmon to a plate.
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While salmon is simmering combine all Lemony Herb Pesto ingredients in a small food processor or blender and season to taste.
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Enjoy salmon warm topped with Lemony Herb Pesto or chill until ready to serve. Salmon will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days after cooking.
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TIP: Drizzle salmon with some poaching liquid before storing in the refrigerator for a juicy, freshly made texture!

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