Poached Salmon with Capers and Hollandaise Sauce

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Poached Salmon with Capers and Hollandaise Sauce is such an amazing dish.  It is so simple and literally bursting with bright, vibrant taste.

This dish comes together in about 20 minutes.

It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal, or an elegant dinner party entree.

Poached salmon with capers and hollandaise sauce on a white platter


We can honestly say that this Poached Salmon with Capers and Hollandaise Sauce is one of the easiest dishes we’ve ever prepared in the H2FaL kitchen. And, by the way, it’s one of the most delicious, too.

Watch us show you how easy it is to make this incredible poached salmon dish!


Salmon is healthy and beautiful to prepare. We just love it in so many forms.

You can leave the skin in tact, or you can remove it. The skin is edible, so it’s just a matter of preference.

2 lbs of fresh salmon will easily feed a party of four.

Fresh uncooked salmon fillet on white platter


To poach the salmon, start with a large skillet (with a tight fitting lid) and add 1/2 cup of white wine and a 1/2 cup of water.

Then come the beautiful aromatics.

Fresh lemon, dill and shallots impart a subtle, but delicious flavor to the salmon as it cooks. The capers add texture and taste to the final dish.

Fresh salmon in a skillet with aromatics for poached salmon

The salmon only takes about 8 minutes to cook in the simmering liquid.

Poached salmon should be cooked to an internal temperature of 115°F, but you’ll know…the color will be slightly pink, and starting to flake.

Go ahead and add the cooked lemon, shallots and capers directly onto the poached salmon.

Poached salmon with capers and hollandaise sauce on a white platter


Now, we’re not going to kid you by saying Hollandaise sauce is low-cal…it’s not.

But, a little is all you need to give this already flavorful salmon an even deeper flavor profile.

And you will not believe how simple our version of No-Fuss Hollandaise Sauce is. It comes together in about 4 minutes…how simple is that?

Poached salmon with hollandaise sauce being poured on top

So, eating healthier should not mean you have to sacrifice taste.

This dish is super healthy and over-the-top delicious.


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Another amazing seafood dish is our Mediterranean_Style Baked Red Snapper and our Baked Tilapia with Lemon Garic Sauce!

But in the meantime, look at this dish…pretty amazing, right?

Poached salmon with capers and dill on a platter


We prepare this dish at least once a month, every month.

It’s so good, and is really a show-stopper in presentation, too.

Serve with a nice rice pilaf and leafy green salad, and you’ve got a 5-star meal right at home!

Poached salmon with capers and hollandaise sauce on a white platter

Poached salmon with capers and hollandaise sauce on a white platter

Poached Salmon with Capers and Hollandaise Sauce

This poached salmon with capers and hollandaise sauce is healthy and unbelievably delicious, too.  The salmon is perfectly poached within minutes and the super easy No Fuss Hollandaise Sauce comes together in about 4 minutes, too. 
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Entree, Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: capers, poached, salmon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 218kcal


  • 2 lbs fresh salmon skin removed, if desired
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large lemon sliced
  • 1 shallot peeled and sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill plus extra, chopped, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup non-pareil capers drained
  • 1 cup No Fuss Hollandaise Sauce click for recipe


  • Cut salmon into fillets, approx. 1 to 2 inches wide and liberally salt and peppers.  Set aside.
  • Heat wine and water in a large skillet over medium-heat.  Once simmering, add the lemon, shallots, dill, and capers.  Then top with the salmon fillets. 
  • Once the liquid starts to boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium.  Simmer, covered, for about 8 to 10 minutes, until salmon is cooked and flaky. 
  • Add salmon to serving platter, or plates, and top with cooked aromatics.  
  • Pour prepared hollandaise sauce over the top, and add more capers and chopped dill. Serve at once!



Calories: 218kcal
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  • 5 stars
    Delicious, I love how sweet the shallots get while they cook as well. Super easy and healthy meal. It’s got my 4 year old saying she loves fish!! I’ve recommended this recipe to a few friends already

    • Hi Talia! Yay!! Double win! Not only did you enjoy the salmon, but so did your 4-year old! That makes us so so happy! Thank you for sharing, for the wonderful review, and for letting your friends know! That honestly means the world to us! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    We served this for a special family meal and it was a big hit. I subbed chicken stock for wine, and put the Hollandaise sauce on the side, since I wasn’t sure if the grands would like it. They thought it was great. I’ll definitely make this again. Thanks.

    • Hi Holly! So sorry for the delayed response here! We are so so happy you had such great success with the poached salmon and your modifications sound spot on!! Thank you so much for sharing and the wonderful review1. That means the world to us! Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    What a simple and elegant dish! I adore salmon of any preparation with capers, but poaching it in white wine? GENIUS! The hollandaise sauce definitely ties it all together. This will be making an appearance at my next dinner party.

  • Well…. you had me at 20 minute dinner! I absolutely love that you’ve created a simple and satisfying, yet healthy dish for busy weeknights. Even with the hollandaise (amazing).

  • 5 stars
    Salmon is one of our favorite dinners, and we’re always looking for new ways to make it. We tend to get stuck in a rut of baking or grilling and very rarely do I think of poaching it! The flavors are so wonderful and I love love LOVE that the cooked aromatics get dished up and serve with the salmon instead of being thrown out with the water!

  • 5 stars
    I make salmon at least twice a week. I don’t know why I’ve never poached it. Sounds so easy and looks so delicious. I can’t wait to give this a try! Thank you.

  • 5 stars
    We simply love our salmon and your poached salmon with capers looks delicious. The sauce you put over it is just the right touch. This recipe would be an instant hit any night of the week. YUM!! Thanks for the idea.

  • 5 stars
    You know, of the many (maaaaaany) ways I’ve made salmon, I’ve never once poached it. I’d never really thought of that until now. You’ve got me thinking that now might be the time to turn that around! And what could be better than a classic, delicious combination like this? Cheers!

  • 5 stars
    Beautiful recipe! It’s so simple and I love the use of everyday ingredients! I always have salmon in my freezer too…best fish to have on hand, in my opinion! This meal goes the distance…and perfect for a romantic dinner. Thanks for another winner!

  • 5 stars
    What a beautiful salmon recipe! Poaching is such a lovely way to make tender salmon and infuse it with flavor. And of course the hollandaise sauce. I’m all over that for putting this meal over the top. While the recipe is certainly easy enough to make on a weeknight, it is definitely perfect dinner party food – easy and impressive.

  • 5 stars
    Now THIS is how you brunch. This is so elegant looking and I just love all things capers. My girlfriends will love this – and be super impressed with how easy it is to make!

  • 5 stars
    This is SUCH a pretty dish. I love that it’s simple enough to make on weeknights for the fam, but elegant enough to feed guests. And I love the addition of hollandaise. It works so well with the salmon and the briny capers. Salmon is one of my fave types of fish, and recipes like this are why! It’s such a versatile gem.

  • 5 stars
    This is a gorgeous version of a classic combination of flavors! Salmon is such a delicious an healthy fish. Best of all–I can actually work this into my low-carb diet!

  • 5 stars
    What a great way to prepare salmon. We happen to love it…and I know this would be a hit for dinner any night of the week. Love capers with salmon. The perfect little topping for sure.

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