Crockpot Poached Salmon

Poached Salmon
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
768 Calories
40g Fat
16g Carbs
81g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 768
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 52%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 237mg 79%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 81g
Calcium 132mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cook salmon to tender, moist perfection in your crockpot or slow cooker. This easy recipe for Crockpot Poached Salmon is perfect for entertaining. You can use salmon steaks or salmon fillets. If you use fillets, however, make sure they are large enough.

Salmon steaks weigh, on average, about 6 ounces, so make sure the fillets are the same size. If the fillets are smaller, the cooking time will be less, about 2 hours. 

Check the fish with a meat thermometer before you remove it from the slow cooker. The fish should be at least 145 F for food safety reasons. But, since the crockpot environment is so moist if the fish cooks to well done, or 160 F, it will still be tender and moist.

Vary the seasonings according to your own tastes if you'd like. You could use thyme or marjoram in place of the dill weed, or try oregano or dried crushed red pepper flakes. 

This wonderful dish should be served with some special side dishes. We like to serve it with roasted asparagus and potatoes grand mere. Yum.


  • 4 salmon steaks
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

Steps to Make It

  1. Grease the bottom of a 3-4 quart slow cooker with butter.

  2. Stack the salmon fillets in the appliance.

  3. In​ a heavy saucepan, combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir, then pour over salmon in the crockpot.

  4. Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 3-1/2 hours or until salmon flakes when tested with a fork. If you have a newer, hotter cooking crockpot check the salmon at 2-1/2 hours. You can hold the salmon in a warm oven, well covered, for about an hour.