Citrus Poached Salmon with Asparagus


This quick and healthy fish-and-veggies dinner is highlighted by an easy fresh citrus sauce.

a recipe photo of the Citrus Poached Salmon with Asparagus
Photo: Diana Chistruga
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 4 4-ounce fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillets

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 orange

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 pound asparagus spears, woody bases removed

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 sprig Fresh parsley leaves


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Finely shred 1 teaspoon peel from lemon; set aside. Squeeze juice from the lemon and orange; combine juices. Measure 1/4 cup juice for dressing and set aside.

  2. Pour the remaining juice into a large skillet; add water. Bring to boiling. Add salmon; reduce heat to medium. Simmer, covered, for 4 minutes. Lay asparagus atop salmon (see Tips). Simmer 4 to 8 minutes more or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork and asparagus is crisp tender.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine reserved 1/4 cup juices, snipped parsley, butter, reserved lemon peel, salt and pepper.

  4. To serve, drizzle dressing mixture over salmon and asparagus. Garnish with additional fresh parsley leaves, if desired.


Asparagus in the liquid may take on a slightly olive green color.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
10g Fat
4g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Vitamin A 773IU 15%
Vitamin C 14mg 15%
Folate 67mcg 17%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 45mg 11%
Potassium 719mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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