How to Cook Salmon on Lemon Slices in a Skillet

by M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Salmon is a heart-healthy addition to the diet, as it contains very little saturated fat and provides generous amounts of beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, selenium and vitamin D. Harvard School of Public Health recommends two 6-ounce servings of fish per week. Although poaching is an easy, low-fat cooking technique often used to prepare fish, it can result in a dry texture and a washed-out flavor. Poaching the fish on lemon slices with flavorful liquids and seasonings takes care of the problem, producing tender, delectable salmon.

Arrange lemon slices in a skillet.

Pour a small amount of low-fat vegetable broth into the pan. Use enough liquid to cover the pan about 1/2-inch deep. Alternatively, mix vegetable broth with an equal amount of dry white wine.

Arrange the salmon on top of the lemon slices.

Sprinkle the salmon with your choice of seasonings. For example, add salt and freshly ground black pepper along with tarragon and bay leaves or dried dill weed. If desired, add a chopped shallot.

Bring the liquid to a simmer and cover the skillet. Cook the salmon for about 10 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the salmon registers 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooked salmon has a cloudy, opaque appearance and it flakes easily with a fork.

Transfer to salmon to a plate and serve immediately. Discard the lemons and leftover liquid.

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M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.