Crock pot poached salmon with dill sauce is one of the easiest ways to make it! It's healthy and delicious - and super tender and flaky when poached with lemon and topped in a creamy dill sauce.
You'll Love This Poached Salmon in Crock Pot Recipe
Perfectly Poached Salmon. Poaching salmon allows flavors to infuse into the salmon and keep it moist and flaky. Adding lemon, dill, seasonings, and some water to the base of the crockpot will get you the perfect result.
Creamy Dill Sauce. This dill sauce may be the very best dill sauce you will try! It is perfectly balanced in flavor using cucumber, red onion, chives, fresh dill, lemon juice, and garlic. It is really like having dill sauce with a side of salmon for me!
Healthy and Delicious! This recipe is one of my go-to's because salmon is super healthy! Loaded with healthy fats such as omega 3's, low in carbs, and the dill sauce is low in carbohydrates as well. The perfect meal - yum!
Poached Salmon in Slow Cooker Recipe Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this poached salmon with dill sauce in the crockpot:
Creamy Dill Sauce
- Mayo: use regular or light options as preferred.
- Sour Cream: you can also use regular or a light option for reduced fat.
- Cucumber: you can also use a seedless English cucumber to save preparation time.
- Red Onion: I like to use red onion for color and flavor. Substitute with yellow or white if you would like.
- Chives: fresh chopped chives.
- Fresh Dill: fresh herbs are best in this recipe for the aromatic payoff they have. You can use dried if it is easier; you may need to add a little extra for the same flavor.
- Lemon Juice: fresh lemon juice will have the best flavor, but you can use prepared lemon juice if you have it.
- Garlic: fresh chopped or use store-bought prepared minced garlic.
- Salt and Pepper
(P.S. If you don't want to make the dill sauce, you don't have to. It's optional)
- Lemon or Lime: choose whichever citrus you like more or have on hand. You can substitute for other citrus fruits if you want to as well!
- Olive Oil: substitute with your favorite option if preferred.
- Salmon Fillets: fresh, not frozen salmon will give you the best result. I find it is less "fishy" when cooked fresh and is perfectly cooked and flaky.
- Ground Black Pepper
- Fresh Dill Sprig: save a sprig of dill from the dill sauce recipe and add it to the top of the salmon to help infuse the flavor while the salmon cooks!
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
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Substitutions and Variations
- Swap out the lemon or lime with any citrus fruit, such as grapefruit or oranges.
- Use plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo to add protein and decrease unhealthy fats. Use low-fat options for the sour cream and mayo if desired as well.
- Try this recipe with your other fish favorites such as cod, swordfish, or any others!
- Poached salmon can also be served cold. This recipe serves it warm as a main protein. Cool it and top your favorite salad for a delicious protein addition.
How To Make Salmon with Dill Sauce (in a Crock Pot)
1. Mix all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. Refrigerate.
2. Place lemon slices on the bottom of the crockpot. Place salmon on top.
3. Add dill sprig, drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with just enough water to cover fillets.
4. Cover and cook until the internal temperature is 135 degrees F, about 1-3 hours. Remove carefully.
Hint: Remove your salmon fillets carefully when they are done and then cover with foil until you are ready to serve. The foil will help keep them warm and ensure they are fully cooked.
How to Serve Crockpot Salmon and Dill Sauce
Adjust seasoning to taste and garnish with dill sauce and fresh chopped dill.
Serve with a lemon wedge slice for garnish and extra lemon juice if desired.
Pair with a simple side salad, and add your favorite vegetables!
Meal idea! Serve with your favorite rice, such as jasmine, basmati, or wild rice. Pair with your favorite vegetables, such as green beans, asparagus, or roasted broccoli.
Slow Cooker Tips
Tip #1 Be careful not to overcook the salmon. Check the internal temperature of your salmon after the first hour. It is done when it reaches 135 degrees. Remove from the crockpot and then cover with foil.
Tip #2 Make your dill sauce ahead of time for up to 3 days to use when you are ready to eat! It is a great time saver.
Tip #3 Set your slow cooker to high to cut your cooking time. Be sure to check your salmon's internal temperature after 40 minutes. If the internal temperature is 135 degrees F, it is ready to eat!
Remove the salmon from the crockpot and allow it to cool completely before storing it in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.
Salmon is a delicious healthy protein option to serve alongside rice, pasta, or roasted vegetables. Roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli also pair well.
There are many different ways to cook your salmon. Poaching salmon allows the fish to cook thoroughly while staying tender and flaky. It also infuses with the flavors you cook it with! You can serve poached salmon warm or even cold!
Slow Cooker Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce
Creamy Dill Sauce
- ¼ cup mayo
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup cucumber (peeled and finely diced)
- 1 tablespoon red onion (finely chopped)
- ½ tablespoons chives
- ½ tablespoon fresh dill
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic (minced)
- ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
- 1 lemon or lime (thinly sliced)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (skin on or off)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 sprig fresh dill
- Mix all ingredients for the dill sauce in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate (up to 3 days ahead).
- Place slices of lemon on the bottom of the crock pot in a single layer. Place salmon fillet on the slices.
- Add the sprig of dill, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with just enough water to cover the fillets.
- Cover and cook on low until the salmon reaches 135℉ when tested with a thermometer, about 1 to 3 hours.
- Carefully remove the salmon pieces and cover with foil until ready to serve.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- VARIATIONS: Use any citrus fruit - lemon, lime, grapefruit, oranges. Each one will have it's own unique flavor.
- NOTES: be careful not to overcook the salmon. Once the thermometer reaches 135 degrees, take it out and cover with foil
- SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve with lemon wedges, dill sauce, and a garnish of fresh dill.
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