This Creamy Lemon Salmon Piccata is made with pan-seared salmon cooked in a creamy white wine lemon caper sauce. It's an easy gluten-free 30-minute recipe. This post includes tips for how to get perfectly pan-seared wild salmon fillets with a slightly crispy exterior. This Lemon Salmon Piccata recipe results in tender fish fillets in a tangy lemon sauce with salty capers, lemon slices, and fresh parsley.
This Creamy Lemon Salmon Piccata has so much flavour! Tender flaky salmon bathed in a warm lemon sauce makes a quick nutritious meal when paired with gluten-free pasta, cauliflower rice, veggies or a wholesome salad like this Triple Berry Mixed Green Salad.
And best of all? It's a 30-minute meal! If you love quick and easy meals, (and who doesn't?) you'll like this collection of Gluten-free Meals in 30 Minutes or Less!
⏰A 30-minute meal of healthy salmon
You've probably heard the advice of nutritionists and medical professionals to eat more salmon regularly. We're told to make sure we're getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet.
While several foods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, Brussels sprouts and walnuts are good sources of Omega-3's, eating wild salmon is one of the best ways to make sure we get what we need.
And it's so good! This Lemon Salmon Piccata recipe results in tender fish fillets in a tangy lemon sauce with (optional) salty capers, lemon slices, and fresh parsley.
What could be better than a tasty meal that's also healthy for us?
So let's make this pan-seared salmon dish for dinner tonight. Before we get to the full recipe for this easy lemon salmon piccata, here are a few notes about some of the ingredients.
- wild salmon fillets, cut from the center
- gluten-free flour blend or all-purpose flour if not on a gluten-free diet
- dry white wine (you can substitute extra chicken broth if you don't cook with wine)
- chicken broth
- lemon juice: freshly squeezed is best. Lemon adds bright notes to this easy salmon recipe.
- cornstarch or arrowroot powder to help thicken the sauce
- capers: if you don't like them, leave them out. This dish will still be delicious!
- parsley or dill: for garnish and lots of extra flavour
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
To get perfectly pan-seared wild salmon fillets with a slightly crispy exterior, preheat your skillet. Add a small amount of oil and butter and tip the skillet to make sure the surface is completely covered.
Pat the salmon fillets dry, then place skin side down. Space the fillets apart and leave them alone until they're ready to flip.
Cook on both sides for 4 -5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets, then remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Next, add finely chopped shallot to the skillet and sauté until softened. Add white wine, bring to a boil and scrape up any bits, stirring occasionally until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in ¾ of the broth, reserving the rest to thicken the sauce later. Then, add the lemon juice and stir.
Combine cornstarch with part of the remaining broth and add it to the skillet. Allow it to thicken. If it's not thick enough to your liking, combine another teaspoon of cornstarch with the remaining broth.
Stir in the cream, then remove from the heat, add the capers and the cooked salmon, spooning some of the sauce over the fillets. Finally, garnish with chopped parsley or dill and lemon slices.
✅ Salmon: an excellent source of Omega 3's
Omega-3's may have a host of health benefits for our brains, our hearts, our eyes, and our bones and more.
They can help prevent certain types of cancer, help reduce the pain of arthritis, alleviate menstrual pain, protect our skin from sun damage, help us sleep, reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and help fight autoimmune disease.
You can read more about how important they are in this article 17 Science Based Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
All that from delicious wild fish!
❓How to tell when salmon is done
It's easy to overcook salmon. Check it at 10 minutes. If it is beginning to flake when poked with a fork, but is still slightly translucent in the center of the fillet, it is probably done. Remember to let it rest for 5 minutes after removing from the oven. It will continue to cook a little on the counter. You can check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. It should be 145°F.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
If you don't like capers, leave them out! This dish will still be delicious.
Because this salmon recipe has a creamy sauce, it's delicious paired with rice, cauliflower rice, or pasta (gluten-free, if necessary.) Add fresh green veggies, like asparagus, green beans, or broccoli for a wholesome dinner.
🗒 More healthy salmon recipes
I have several favourite ways to cook wild-caught salmon:
Honey-Dijon Glazed Salmon in Foil
Easy Honey Chili Lime Glazed Salmon
Paleo Pistachio-Crusted Salmon
Crispy Fennel-Crusted Salmon
Bourbon Maple-Glazed Salmon
Thai Chili Sheet Pan Salmon
Today, however, I decided to make a lemon sauce for salmon instead and made this recipe with pan-seared salmon. I love this Lemon Salmon Piccata recipe and make it often.
Let this be the week to make a commitment to getting those essential Omega-3's in your diet!
When you make this salmon piccata recipe, please leave a comment and a rating below. Thanks in advance!
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This recipe was adapted from my favourite Chicken Piccata recipe in America's Test Kitchen Cookbook, page 360.
30 Minute Creamy Lemon Salmon Piccata
- 4 6 oz. wild salmon fillets, cut from center
- ¼ cup gluten-free flour blend, or flour if not on gluten-free diet
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup white wine, dry
- 1 cup organic chicken broth, divided
- ¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed is best
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch or 2 teaspoon for a thicker sauce
- ¼ cup capers, rinsed
- ½ cup cream 10% MF or heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon parsley or dill, chopped for garnish
- 1 medium lemon, sliced for garnish
- Pat salmon pieces dry and season with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and oil. When hot, add salmon pieces, skin side down. Sear for 4 to 5 minutes, then flip and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes or until salmon is no longer raw inside. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fillets. Watch carefully to avoid overcooking.
- Remove from skillet to a plate and cover with foil. Add shallot to the skillet and cook briefly until softened.
- Add wine, bring to a boil and scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan until liquid is reduced by at least half. Add ¾ cup of the broth and the lemon juice and stir.
- Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of the reserved broth in a small cup. Add to the pan and stir until thickened. If not thick enough, add an additional teaspoon of cornstarch with remaining broth and stir. Add the cream reduce heat to simmer. Remove from heat, add capers and the cooked salmon.
- Garnish with chopped parsley or dill and lemon slices and serve.
Super recipe and your searing technique worked perfectly. Got fresh Norwegian salmon with skin from a fish-monger who is still open and doing take-out. Love capers and lemon and the cream sauce was well balanced. Served with spring asparagus and seasoned rice. Restaurant quality meal at home. Thanks!
Flavour & Savour
Oh that sounds delicious! So glad you liked it! That's great to hear you're still able to get fresh salmon. You've inspired me to make this recipe again soon 🙂
I love a good simple salmon recipe - we eat salmon quite a bit in our house. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
Flavour & Savour
Thanks Kristen! It's such a healthy fish--full of Omega3's! Happy weekend!
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
We love salmon in our house, and this creamy recipe looks so flavourful! Pinning for later! Can't resist a quick weeknight recipe!
Flavour & Savour
Thanks Leanne, Yes--salmon (or any fish) always comes to the rescue for a quick meal. If it has been frozen, it thaws quickly, and it takes very little time to cook. Plus . . . we love it!
This sounds delicious, Elaine! I can totally imagine the tangy salty sauce with the tender salmon...would be delicious with orzo or rice...YUM!
Flavour & Savour
Thanks so much Lisa!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
This is one of the best things I've seen all day! This looks incredibly yummy, especially with that creamy lemon sauce! Pinned and trying soon 🙂
How nice to have freshly caught salmon in your freezer! I like to reach for salmon whenever I want a quick dinner. Thank you for another great recipe for the collection.
We love wild caught salmon, too, Because I cook it often, I'm sometimes at a loss for recipes, so this one is such a great find, Elaine. I love the creamy sauce, and especially the capers. Thanks for sharing.
Yum! What a great and easy way to get those omega’s, this is so delicious, thank you!
A timeless classic - absolutely love this combination of flavours.
Flavour & Savour
Thanks Yvonne, Salmon and lemon are always great together!
The colours are incredible! I love that this can be ready in thirty minutes. Perfect for busy nights!
Flavour & Savour
That's one of the reasons I love fish for dinner, Sharon--quick and easy!