Salmon Piccata

One pan Salmon Piccata for busy weeknight dinner with delicious lemony caper Piccata pan sauce. A restaurant quality Seafood Piccata dinner that you can make at home just in 25 minutes.

Salmon Piccata
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Sharing another seafood take on classic Chicken Piccata with this Salmon Piccata recipe. Skinless Salmon fillets cooked in one pan with lemony caper, garlic, and wine Piccata Sauce. This recipe comes together so fast this will become your favorite weeknight salmon dinner. Serve with pasta or a crusty bread to mop the delicious sauce. Your family will love the flavors. 

Honestly, for me Piccata is all about a well prepared and tasty piccata sauce.  This recipe is a keeper as piccata sauce get cooked-an-hour taste in just 15 minutes. 

Salmon Piccata

Traditionally famous Piccata is Chicken Piccata where skillet-cooked chicken thighs are tossed in a lemon, garlic, and capers pan sauce. 

I love to make variations of Piccata as per protein in hand. This piccata recipe comes togteher faster than 25 minutes. It is one our favorite for weeknight dinner.

Let's make Salmon Piccata for dinner tonight!

What Do You Need to Make Salmon Piccata?

The star ingredients to make Salmon Piccata is Salmon. I use skinless salmon fillets which I always have in-hand, frozen or fresh from local butcher. Here is a complete list of ingredients:

  1. Salmon fillets
  2. Capers
  3. White Wine
  4. Garlic
  5. Chicken Stock or Water
  6. Olive Oil
  7. Lemon Juice
  8. Flour
  9. Salt and pepper

What is best about this Salmon Piccata Recipe?

Two things get great consistent feedback:

  1. perfectly cooked salmon
  2. silky piccata sauce.

Cooking Salmon for Piccata Sauce

Skinless Salmon cooks very fast. I cook salmon and sauce in same pan. Simply place salmon skinned side up into a hot pan with shimmering oil and let salmon cook undisturbed until nice crust develops. Flip and then cook other side in covered pan until just cooked through (about 5 minutes)

This is how Salmon looks when just ready in the pan. 

Cooking Salmon for Salmon Piccata

Tip: To keep salmon perfect cooked and succulent, cook it on high heat so that crust develops. Once sauce is ready, pour hot sauce over the cooked salmon to warm it up.

Salmon Piccata Sauce

To make Piccata Sauce thick and silky, I do two simple things: 1) Use a little bit flour roux to thicken the sauce 2) Melt butter in the sauce off heat to create smooth sheen. A little bit of flour goes a long way.

Here is the finished piccata sauce thickened with just a tsp flour and with butter gently melted in the sauce. Always perfection!

Piccata Sauce for Salmon Piccata

Tip: You can use same sauce to serve Chicken Piccata. (hint hint)

I love to serve extra sauce on the side. My friends and family love extra sauce on the pasta.

What to Serve with Salmon Piccata?

Here are my 3 top favorite ways to serve Piccata:

  1. Serve Piccata with pasta such as angel hair noodles lite coated in olive oil and parmesan.
  2. For low carb, serve Piccata with zucchini noodles.
  3. Serve Piccata with Cauliflower Mash or Potato Mash with side of lite sautéed spinach, Or steamed broccoli, or asparagus.

Salmon Piccata Recipe

Friends, this Salmon Piccata will be a great addition to any weeknight cook's recipe repertoire. Try something different for dinner tonight. Thaw some salmon fillets from freezer or grab few fresh. Either way, dinner will be ready in 25 minutes! I can't wait to hear the feedback.

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Salmon Piccata

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Salmon Piccata
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Italian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 2 lbs Salmon - Serves: 4



  • Step for Recipe - Salmon Piccata 1. Cook Salmon Heat oil in a wide skillet. Pat dry skinless salmon fillets from both sides. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Swirl oil in the pan. Place salmon skinned side up in the pan and let cook undisturbed until golden crust develops. Cover pan with lid to and let cook for 5 minutes.
  • Step for Recipe - Salmon Piccata 2. Make Sauce Transfer salmon to a serving plate. In the skillet (heat on), add garlic and cook until fragrant. Don't let garlic burn. Sprinkle flour on top and cook stirring often for 30 sec to 1 min. Don't let flour brown. Add wine and chicken stock. Bring to simmer and cook until sauce thickens a bit. Add capers and lemon zest and juice. Take pan off heat.
  • 3. Finish Piccata Sauce Add butter a little at a time and mix in the sauce until butter dissolves gently making a creamy shinning sauce. Taste and adjust salt and black pepper.
  • Step for Recipe - Salmon Piccata 4. Assemble Salmon Piccata Pour hot piccata sauce over the salmon. Garnish with chopped parsley. Server immediately. Sauce is delicious scooped with crusty bread.
Savita's Notes:
  1. Secret to Best Piccata Sauce: Always take pan off heat before mixing in the butter. For a silky smooth Piccata Sauce, butter should melt on residual heat and very gently.
  2. Adjust salt to taste. Since capers are salted and don't like to rinse capers, the finished Piccata Sauce needs no extra salt. All salt I add in this recipe is to season salmon before cooking. Please taste and adjust the salt as per taste preference.

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5 Responses

  1. Ive been trying to add more seafood to our diets, and this salmon piccata looks like the perfect way to do it! Thanks so much for sharing!
  2. We are always looking for new ways to cook with salmon and this looks incredible. I cant wait to try it.
  3. Truly amazing in taste and flavors in this recipe. Will definitely make again, very good recipe!
  4. One of my favorite meals! Ive always loved chicken piccata but my love for salmon is huge, so bringing the two together is a total win.
  5. This looks so good! Such an amazing salmon recipe!