Crushed coriander seeds and lemon zest give this quick salmon recipe praiseworthy flavor that pairs beautifully with a shaved asparagus and poached egg salad. Served with a glass of white wine, this healthy recipe makes the ultimate lunch or light dinner.

Becky Selengut


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Instructions Checklist
  • Position a rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Toast coriander in a small skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Pulse the coriander, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper in a spice grinder until finely ground. Coat the salmon flesh with the spice mixture (about 1 1/2 teaspoons per portion) and place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Cut off asparagus tips and very thinly slice stalks on the diagonal. Toss the tips and slices with oil, lemon juice, mint, tarragon, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let stand while you cook the salmon and eggs.

  • Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a large saucepan.

  • Meanwhile, broil the salmon until just cooked through, 3 to 6 minutes, depending on thickness (see Tips). Tent with foil to keep warm.

  • Reduce the boiling water to a bare simmer. Gently stir in a circle so the water is swirling around the pot. Crack eggs, one at a time, into the water. Cook until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • To serve, divide the asparagus salad and salmon among 4 plates. Make a nest in each salad and top with a poached egg.


All wild salmon--and now some farmed--is considered a sustainable choice. For farmed, ask for fish that's raised in land- or tank-based systems. For more information about sustainable seafood, go to

Salmon is easy to prepare and make absolutely gorgeous once you know how to cook it properly. The fillets cook fast and continue to cook when off the heat. For the best texture, cook about 3 minutes per 1/2 inch of thickness. Check the doneness with an instant-read thermometer (it should be about 130°F) or peek into the thickest part of the flesh with a fork--it should be just opaque.

Nutrition Facts

288 calories; protein 30.5g 61% DV; carbohydrates 4.2g 1% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.9g 8% DV; sugars 1g; fat 16.3g 25% DV; saturated fat 3.6g 18% DV; cholesterol 239mg 80% DV; vitamin a iu 1157.2IU 23% DV; vitamin c 8.4mg 14% DV; folate 121.9mcg 31% DV; calcium 115.3mg 12% DV; iron 2.4mg 13% DV; magnesium 57.4mg 21% DV; potassium 658.8mg 19% DV; sodium 360.1mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
A tasty way to make salmon with different spices than I usually use we both enjoyed it. Next time I'll saute the asparagus as raw isn't my thing but will make this again. Also made some wild rice and with the poached egg the plate almost looked like something served at a fancy restaurant. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love Coriander and it has a fruity and smokey flavor on the salmon. I loved this! I was very skeptical about the way the asparagus was prepared but it was delicious. I thought it was going to be too crunchy but it was perfect. Beautiful dish. It feels very special. Read More