Poached Salmon with Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Poached Salmon with Cucumber and Tomato Salad
Host of "America's Test Kitchen," Julia Collin Davison is making a tasty seafood dish with homemade salsa.


  • 1 lemon, sliced 1/4 inch thick, plus 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 2 tablespoons juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, stems reserved
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, stems reserved
  • 1 (11/2-pound) skinless center-cut salmon fillet, 1 to 11/2 inches thick, sliced crosswise into 4 equal pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and minced
  • 1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved

Poached Salmon with Cucumber and Tomato Salad - Home & Family

Serves 4
Pressure cook total time: 5 minutes
Slow cook total time: 5 minutes


1. Fold sheet of aluminum foil into 12 by 9-inch sling. Press sling into multicooker, allowing narrow edges to rest along sides of insert. Arrange lemon slices in single layer on prepared sling, then scatter parsley and dill stems over top. Add water until liquid level is even with lemon slices (about 1/2 cup). Season salmon with salt and pepper and arrange skinned side down in even layer on top of herb stems.

2. 2A To pressure cook: Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select high pressure cook function and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off multicooker and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.

2B To slow cook: Lock lid in place and open pressure release valve. Select low slow cook function and cook until salmon is opaque throughout when checked with tip of paring knife and registers 135 degrees (for medium), 15 to 20 minutes. (If using Instant Pot, select high slow cook function.) Turn off multicooker and carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.

3. Meanwhile, whisk oil, shallot, capers, lemon zest and juice, and chopped dill together in large bowl. Add cucumber, tomatoes, olives, and parsley leaves and gently toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Using sling, transfer salmon to baking sheet; discard poaching liquid. Gently lift and tilt fillets with spatula to remove herb stems and lemon slices and remove any white albumin. Transfer salmon to individual plates and serve with salad.

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