Slow cooker poached salmon is an easy way to get a very tender tasty salmon, without the fuss. To poach salmon you must cook it in liquid for a longer period of time at a low temperature.

This method makes the slow cooker the perfect tool for poached salmon.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

The texture of poached salmon is a lot more tender than oven-baked salmon. The fish is still flaky, but it is soft and moist. 

Since the salmon is cooked over a longer period of time the salmon has the opportunity to be infused with the flavor of whatever other favourite flavors you cook it with.

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So if you want to eat more healthy oily fish, but really dislike the fishy flavor, poached salmon may be the best option for you.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

Which Herbs Are Best With Salmon?

A few aromatics in the slow cooker while cooking the salmon is great way to add simple clean flavors to your fish. I like to place a few aromatic herbs or vegetables under the salmon so that the fish is infused with the flavors while it cooks.

Any herbs or vegetables that are strong in scent will work. My go to aromatic additions are lemon slices, celery tops, and fresh parsley.

You will want to line your slow cooker with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup. Scatter a few aromatics at the bottom of the slow cooker. Then place the whole salmon fillet on top of the aromatics.

How To Season Salmon

You can use any seasoning you like on your salmon when you are poaching it in the slow cooker. For this recipe, I decided to add some Tandoori flavors. I really enjoy the earthy flavors with the salmon.

Beyond salt and pepper, I only added a few additional seasonings. I used garam masala, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin. Then I topped the salmon with several more lemon slices.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon – What Liquids to Use

When poaching salmon, you always want to cook it with the skin side down. This allows the warm cooking liquid to more evenly cook the meat.

You will need to use a decent amount of liquid in the slow cooker to poach the salmon. The liquid you use should be a combination of water/broth and vinegar. One-quarter of the liquid should be vinegar and the other 3/4 of the liquid will be broth of water (1:3 ratio). 

I chose to use apple cider vinegar and water for this recipe. You will want to pour the liquid to the side of the salmon to ensure it doesn’t wash the seasoning off the top.

How To Cook Salmon In The Slow-Cooker

Now that your salmon and cooking liquids are in the slow cooker you are ready to cook. You will want to cook the salmon on LOW heat for 1-2 hours.

After the first hour check the salmon with a fork to see if it is done. If the salmon is not done yet, place the lid back on the slow cooker and check back in 20 minutes to test it again.

You will want to check the salmon every 15-20 minutes after the first hour to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Once the salmon is done it can quickly start to overcook and turn grey, so check it frequently after the first hour.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

When your salmon is done cooking you can then cut the salmon and serve over a bed of baby spinach drizzled with a bit of extra virgin olive oil. 

If you want to remove the whole salmon from the slow cooker you will want to use the foil or parchment paper to help you lift the salmon since it is fragile. Tilt the paper or foil slightly to let the liquid runoff then remove the salmon.

You will love the flavor and texture of poached salmon. Have fun mixing up the flavors until you find your perfect combination.

Slow Cooker Poached Salmon

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There are so many delicious low-carb and keto side dishes to serve with salmon. Salmon is a versatile family-friendly dinner and so you need to choose quick and easy healthy side dishes the whole family will love.

Here are some of my favorite keto side dishes to serve with salmon.

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Slow Cooker Poached Salmon Recipe

Cooking poached salmon is simple in a slow cooker.
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Course: Dinner, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Keyword: Slow Cooker Poached Salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 333kcal
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  • Slow cooker


  • 900 g salmon fillet or 4 smaller cut fillets
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 300 ml water
  • 60 ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon cut into slices
  • 2 tops of celery
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh parsley


  • Lay a large piece of aluminium foil or parchment paper flat on the counter. Scatter the celery tops, half the lemon slices, and parsley around the middle of the paper/foil. Then place the fillet of salmon on top.
  • Cover the salmon with the seasoning and top with the remaining lemon slices.
  • Use the parchment paper/foil to place the salmon in your slow cooker. Add the water and apple cider vinegar to the slow cooker, be sure to pour it to the side to ensure the seasoning is not washed off.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook the salmon on LOW heat for 1-2 hours. Check the salmon with a fork after the first hour. If the salmon is not done, cover and let it cook for an addition 15-20 minutes then check again until it is done. Cut the salmon and serve over a bed of baby spinach.



Serving: 1serve (serves 4)Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 45gFat: 15gSodium: 101mgPotassium: 1140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 15mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 2mg

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