For some reason, poaching doesn’t get the love it deserves—and it deserves a lot. We love the way a simple, gentle simmering in flavorful liquid produces a moist, flaky fish deeply infused with flavor. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s super-healthy, too. Here are some of our favorite—and expert-approved—tips to help you poach seafood like a pro.

Pro Tips

Here’s our favorite tips to help you poach like a pro:

  1. Use a pan with a tight-fitting lid to prevent heat from escaping.
  2. Boost flavor by adding white wine, herbs, bay leaves or lemon slices to your liquid.
  3. Don’t let your liquid boil. Keep it just below boiling point.


Here’s what you need:

  • Fish poaching pot with lid, or a large pot with a tight-fitting lid.

Best seafood for poaching

Cuts: large fillets, rolled fillets, whole fish

Fish: Cod, Flounder, Grouper, Haddock, Halibut, Kingfish, Mahi mahi, Monkfish, Mullet, Northern Pike, Perch, Pike, Pollock, Pompano, Rainbow Trout, Rockfish, Roughy, Sand Dab, Sea Bass, Snapper, Sole, Striped Bass, Swordfish, Tilefish, Trout, Walleye, Whitefish, Whiting

Other seafood: in-shell Crab, Lobster, shucked Oysters, Shrimp