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Quick Poached Salmon with Cucumber Sauce

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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Carefully add salmon to dish. Cover and microwave at 70% power until fish flakes easily with a fork, 5 to 5-1/2 minutes.
  • 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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