Yield
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

Prepare the dill-mustard sauce up to two days ahead. You can also poach the salmon a couple of hours ahead and serve it chilled, if you prefer. Take care to cook the fish over even heat, and maintain a constant, steady temperature.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare sauce, combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well. Cover and chill 2 hours.

Step 2

To prepare salmon, heat white wine, 2 cups water, fresh lemon juice, sliced onion, and 2 dill sprigs in a large skillet to 150°. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add fish to wine mixture; cook at 150° for 12 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Transfer to a serving platter with a slotted spoon. Serve with sauce. Garnish with dill sprigs and lemon wedges, if desired.

Step 3

Wine note: Poached salmon is naturally rich and meaty. In this dish, it gets a kick from the delicious pungency of dill and mustard. A great wine companion needs to be able to counterbalance all three. For its precise, clean flavors and rush of citrus, I love the King Estate Domaine Pinot Gris from Oregon. The 2007 is about $ —Karen MacNeil

Ratings & Reviews

dgitlin612's Review

tara31
October 13, 2010
Outstanding. We usually make the maple-glazed salmon, but decided to try this tonight. Followed the recipe. Very flavorful, looks great, and is easy. Did not make the sauce and am not sure it is necessary. Served with mashed potatoes and sugar snap peas, and taking another's advice, Gnarly Head Pinot Grigio.

tara31's Review

Kaironi06
June 20, 2010
We used fat free Greek yogurt and fat free mayo in the sauce, and then doubled the amount of mint and dijon and added a bit more lemon juice - a very flavorful sauce for the mild poached salmon!

LVance's Review

dgitlin612
September 11, 2009
This is a simple, elegant summer meal that always comes out well even if you vary the ingredients to accomodate what's in your frig. It's perfect with a big salad and a chilled sauvignon blanc. I've cooked the salmon with only a small amount of wine - and gently poached it without being too particular about temp, and I've used greek yogurt and non-fat sour cream in the sauce (at different times). It always comes out well.

Kaironi06's Review

tinakitty2001
September 05, 2009
This was restaurant-quality gourmet and really easy. I used a lot more dill than the sauce called for. It's my new favorite way to cook salmon!

bostonsmaman's Review

rsiscooking01
August 04, 2009
Moist and flavorful! I cut back the wine by 1.5c to save $ (and leave some to drink!) and it did not suffer for taste. It was a bit tricky to keep the water at 150, but my oil therm. helped. Made the sauce w/ fage greek yogurt. Served it w/ Fingerling Potato Salad w/ Gremolata Dressing (July 08) for a light, refreshing summer meal.

tinakitty2001's Review

bostonsmaman
July 28, 2009
Loved this recipe! Was very easy to prepare as well. I followed the recipe to the T, and used Yellow Tail Chardonnay for the wine... it came out great. Husband loved it, too. Will definitely be making this one again.

rsiscooking01's Review

LVance
July 27, 2009
Followed recipe exactly, used Gnarly Head 2008 Pinot Grigio from California for the wine, and this dish was wonderful!!! my husband was a commerical fisherman and is Very picky about fish and he was very impressed and said to make it again, would certainly serve when company comes over.