[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Sometimes a simple piece of poached fish and a light salad can make the perfect quick dinner. Salmon is a great fish to poach: it's flavorful and fatty and holds up well in an easy simmer with some aromatics and white wine. A cold sauce with assertive flavors of dill and horseradish alongside takes an easy preparation and makes it feel special.

For me, this dish was a turning point. Memories from my childhood when my mom would poach whole salmon for Sunday lunch, the smell of fish poaching for an hour, was more than my childish nose could bare. Poaching a filet takes just a few minutes, and the addition of wine, lemon, and fresh herbs makes the kitchen smell quite lovely. A light green salad and a few glasses of white wine are all you need to pair with this simple supper.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass. Find more information at sydneyoland.com (or read eatingnosetotail.com)


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