Today’s salmon piccata recipe is going to introduce a take on the classic chicken piccata. The cooking method is simple: all you need to do is lightly dust the juicy flaky salmon in flour and pan-sear them in butter.
The buttered salmon fillets are grilled until golden brown, then finally coated with a deliciously creamy and rich piccata sauce. Seasoned with salted capers and fresh herbs, the piccata sauce brings a burst of flavors from the lemon and white wine that promises to be a crowd-pleaser.
Read on to unfold the recipe.
Is Salmon Piccata Healthy?
Yes, this salmon piccata is packed with healthy fats and protein from the sockeye salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon help lower the risk of heart disease.
With this salmon piccata recipe, we try to keep the sodium low by using unsalted butter and chicken broth. We also purposely opt for whole wheat flour.
Whole wheat flour is a well-known counterpart of regular all-purpose flour. Although there isn’t any caloric difference between them, whole wheat flour is considerably more nutrient-dense than white flour.
In whole wheat flour, most of its nutrients haven’t been stripped off during manufacturing. Therefore, it’s also richer in B vitamins, calcium, protein, and fiber.
One serving of this salmon piccata provides 483 calories. This also includes a portion of cooked pasta and steamed asparagus.
Piccata Sauce for Salmon Piccata
Basically, the piccata sauce is mostly used to baste the cooked fish, poultry, or meat you choose to lend a creamy, rich aftertaste to the dish.
Our piccata sauce is made from simmering lemon juice, capers, butter, white wine, heavy cream, and chicken broth. After seasoning with black pepper, salt, and garlic, you can pour the piccata sauce over the juicy pan-seared salmon fillets and enjoy.
To this point, the piccata sauce seems to be so hassle-free; all you need to do is throw everything in a saucepan and simmer together. However, it’s important to be careful when working with butter.
When making the piccata sauce, it’s important to always keep the heat low. Add one tablespoon of butter at a time, be patient, and let the butter slowly swirl in the pan and melt into the sauce.
Either adding the butter too quickly or heating it too fast will break the sauce. Letting the piccata sauce warm for too long is also not recommended. After the melted butter is incorporated into the sauce, remove the pan from the heat immediately without letting the sauce boil.
In short, do not let the butter boil and separate. Once the fat molecules can no longer remain linked to the liquid molecules, the piccata sauce will either break or congeal into blobs, which equals failure.
How to Make Salmon Piccata
Step 1: Rub the salmon
Rub both sides of the salmon fillets with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
Step 2: Flour coat the salmon
Add the whole wheat flour to a shallow dish, and dredge the salmon fillets in the flour to coat. Shake off excess flour.
Step 3: Pan-sear the salmon
In a nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, add the coated salmon and sear both sides for 10 minutes. Drain excess oil and set it aside.
Step 4: Make the piccata sauce (1)
Melt butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and swirl it through the butter until golden.
Step 5: Make the piccata sauce (2)
Continue to add white wine to the saucepan. Reduce to low heat and let simmer.
Step 6: Make the piccata sauce (3)
Add chicken broth, lemon juice, heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and capers to the saucepan. Bring everything to a boil.
Step 7: Add salmon back to the saucepan
Transfer the pan-seared salmon back to the saucepan for a minute, then sprinkle parsley on top. Remove from heat.
Step 8: Serve
Enjoy the salmon piccata with cooked pasta and steamed asparagus.
Tips for Making
To create perfectly crispy pan-seared salmon piccata, we’ve provided a few tricks of the trade.
First and foremost, always pat the salmon fillets dry with a clean paper towel. Preheat the frying oil in the pan until tiny oil bubbles appear on the surface, and only after that can you add the salmon.
It’s recommended to reheat any leftover salmon piccata in the oven rather than trying to do a second fry in the pan. This is to prevent the crispy outer from soaking up too much oil.
When putting it in the oven, consider covering the salmon loosely with aluminum foil to help retain moisture.If you prefer cooking salmon in the oven without the need for a skillet, consider this broiled salmon recipe or this way of cooking salmon croquettes. The leftover salmon can also be made into salmon patties— take this salmon burger recipe for example.
What Else Goes Well with Salmon Piccata
For such a bright and fulfilling dish like salmon piccata, the options for additional ingredients are endless. All that we can say is, feel free to opt for a veggie mix of your choice.
Blended in the buttery piccata sauce, capers deliver a zesty, lemony flavor that compliments the salmon beautifully.
These tiny green buds are mostly seen in sauces, seasonings, and marinades. They’re also garnished on many side salads.
Salmon piccata is great over any type of pasta, as it always absorbs the sauce wonderfully. In fact, salmon piccata is usually seen with a simple serving of hot steamed pasta.
Roasted asparagus is the ideal choice to serve with salmon piccata, our herb crusted salmon recipe. But green beans, artichokes, or broccoli are also second to none. Instead of steaming or par-boiling the veggies, you can also season them with spices and herbs and roast until tender, if preferred.
What to Serve with Salmon Piccata
We don’t know how you usually handle salmon, but we always prefer adding it to cold salads. Of course, it’s different when it’s salmon piccata, however, we couldn’t help but seek out a side salad for it.
French-style Nicoise salad is our choice to wrap up a convenient meal with this salmon piccata.
For a delicious and colorful side salad, Nicoise salad is versatile, time-saving, and easy to make. You’ll have black olives, tomatoes, anchovies, and a tangy vinaigrette all on one plate, quickly prepared in 15 minutes.
We’ll be super glad to hear your thoughts on this combination!
|Salmon Piccata||Main Course||496||6.8 g||519 mg|
|Nicoise Salad||Side Dish||252||3.0 g||310 mg|
|Total||748||9.8 g||829 mg|
That said, it’s very easy to make salmon and there are plenty of other ways to prepare it. Check out this perfect salmon recipe for busy weeknights, our best recipe for pan fried salmon, and a fantastic dinner for a centerpiece.
Other Favorite Salmon Recipes to Try:
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- 20 oz boneless salmon
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper divided
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp brined capers drained
- 2 tbsp parsley chopped
- 3 tbsp white wine
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whole wheat flour *
- 1/2 tsp salt divided
- 10.5 oz asparagus boiled
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 10 oz cooked pasta
- 4 lemon slices for garnish
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- Rub both sides of the salmon fillets with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper.
- Add the whole wheat flour to a shallow dish, and dredge the salmon fillets in the flour to coat. Shake off excess flour.
- In a nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, add the coated salmon and sear both sides for 10 minutes. Drain excess oil and set it aside.
- Melt the butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, and swirl it through the butter until golden.
- Continue to add white wine to the saucepan. Reduce to low heat and let simmer.
- Add chicken broth, lemon juice, heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and capers to the saucepan. Bring everything to a boil.
- Transfer the pan-seared salmon back to the saucepan for a minute, then sprinkle parsley and put some lemon slices on top. Remove from heat.
- Enjoy the salmon piccata with cooked pasta and steamed asparagus.