Slow Cooker Poached Salmon is great for any busy weeknight dinner. It is also an easy way to make a healthy protein ahead of time for salads or quick snack!
I don’t know where the time went. During summer, the days were long. I had the entire day to do fun activities with my kids, clean the house, take the dog for a walk, and plan a nice family dinner. Now, it seems like every minute of every day is scheduled. If I’m not rushing my kids out the door for school or driving them to gymnastics or soccer practice, I’m finding myself running errands and trying to swim out of the never ending pile of laundry. Fall is a busy time of year. Not only does it take some time to adjust from the lazy days of summer to a jam packed busy schedule, but there are the upcoming holidays, school fundraisers, and (bound to happen) doctor’s appointments to squeeze in. I can barely handle it!
I get frustrated with myself when I allow busy schedules to take over our healthy routines. When I start making things like hot dogs and boxed macaroni and cheese on a routine basis, I know I need to reevaluate my priorities. That is one of the reasons why I like this slow cooker poached salmon recipe. Its not the most glorious salmon I’ve ever had. I prefer a well seasoned salmon, grilled to perfection on the smoker, with a lemony butter sauce, accompanies by freshly grilled asparagus and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and… a creme brulee with fresh berries for dessert. Is that possible with the busy schedule we have these days? Nope. So, its not the most glamorous salmon you’ll ever see, but it sure tastes good and its easy. So easy that I threw everything in my slow cooker and chauffeured my kids to their evening activities while it cooked. When have you ever been able to walk away from salmon and not ruin it?
All you have to do is throw together the poaching liquid, add the ingredients, and push the button. We enjoyed our poached salmon for dinner and I most enjoyed eating the left overs over the next couple of days. On one day, I crumbled the salmon up over a nice green salad. The next day I really needed a fast healthy protein-filled snack, so I ate the last of the cold salmon with a bit of tarter sauce. YUM!
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup water
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 large clove garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 small handful fresh dill
- 1 small handful fresh parsley
- 6 whole peppercorns
- 1 lemon
- 1 pound wild salmon fillet, skin on
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- In large slow cooker, combine wine, water, shallot, garlic, dill, parsley, and peppercorns. Cut lemon in half, squeeze juice into slow cooker. Slice remaining lemon and add to the slow cooker.
- Set temperature to high and heat poaching liquid for 30 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Rub a thin layer of salt over salmon. Place salmon fillet in crock pot, skin side down. Cook on low for about an hour, checking on it after about 45 minutes to see if the flesh starts to flake away. Keep warm in slow cooker until ready to serve.
- Recipe can easily be doubled, if desired