Olive Oil Poached Salmon

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Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

3 mins

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The secret to succulent fish? The microwave! We found that this salmon poaches beautifully when cooked at a lower power level, allowing for more time for the flavors of citrus and olive oil to infuse the fish. Perfect for dinner party guests or a luxurious dinner for one.

Why use an Anyday? The steam control valve and tight seal are key factors in perfectly steamed fish. The Anyday will trap all of the delicious flavors of the citrus’ natural oils and infuse it into the salmon.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Shallow Dish

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • 1 8-9oz salmon filet, in one whole piece
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3-5 thin slices of citrus (lemon, lime, blood oranges work well)
  • 1 sprig of thyme, dill, or parsley
  • chopped parsley or chives, for garnish


  1. Season salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the salmon skin-side down in the Anyday dish and pour the olive oil on top.
  2. Cover the salmon with slices of citrus, overlapping slightly to fit. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves, dill, or parsley.
  3. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave at Power Level 7tooltip for 3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through. If not, add more time in 30-second increments. 
  4. Discard the lemons and top with chopped parsley or chives.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add sliced garlic before cooking for extra flavor.
  • You can try substituting salmon for halibut, bass, or black cod if desired.
  • Use any citrus you have in hand such as oranges, limes, mandarins, or blood oranges. Avoid using grapefruit as the rind can be too bitter.

Recipe notes

  • The thickness of the salmon determines how long it cooks. Adjust accordingly.
  • When purchasing salmon, be sure to choose a filet that is whole rather than individual portions. This allows the fish to cook more gently towards the center, resulting in a tender and flavorful fish.
  • If using frozen fish, keep the same power level and add 1-3 minutes of cook time depending on the thickness of the fish.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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