Poached Salmon with Sautéed Kale and Cherry Tomatoes

Topics: Recipes, Refuel
Salmon with Kale and Cherry Tomatoes

Preparation Time:  10 minutes
Cooking Time:  20 minutes
Servings  4
Serving Size:


1 cup each: dry white wine and water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-½ teaspoons each: dried rosemary crushed and dried dill
4 (4 to 5 ounce) skinless salmon fillets
2 teaspoons olive oil
6 small shallots, sliced (½ cup)
½ bunch kale (8 ounces), coarse stalks discarded, leaves coarsely chopped
4 small plum tomatoes, quartered
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (optional)
Lemon wedges (optional)


In a large deep skillet, combine wine, water, lemon juice, rosemary and dried dill. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Add salmon; simmer gently until salmon is opaque and firm to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil, then shallots. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium. Add kale. Cover and cook until kale is wilted, about 3 minutes. Uncover; continue cooking kale, turning with tongs until tender, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper; heat through. Transfer vegetables to serving plates. Using a slotted spatula, drain salmon; place over vegetables. Garnish with fresh dill and wedged lemon, if desired.


A drizzle of olive oil or horseradish sour cream will add extra moisture to this dish, as will more chopped fresh dill—cooking the salmon gently is the best way to preserve moisture.


Salmon steaks, cut through the bone, work well here too—you can leave the skin around the outside on, from start to finish. If you can find it, use lacinato or dinosaur kale—two names for the same kale!. Stemmed and washed, it has more delicate flavor and texture than most kale. Otherwise, whole leaf spinach can substitute for the kale. Broth can substitute for the wine, and your favorite other skinned fatty fish can substitute for the salmon if you do not fancy salmon.

Image courtesy of http://moretimeatthetable.blogspot.com/2012/10/salmon-on-kale-with-lemon-and-thyme.html

  • Hi Doc,
    Thanks for this quick and easy recipe for Salmon Steak. I also appreciate the fact that you include substitution ideas just in case there is no kale in the house:)
    May I respectfully request that you have your web designer include a “print this recipe” button to make it easier to copy and bring to the stove.
    Thanks again, Doc, for all your easy yet tasty recipes!

  • Joe Manthei

    No change on web design – 3 years later. Of the 3 salmon recipes emailed today – this one I will try first. Thanks.