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Creamy Salmon Piccata

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Creamy Salmon Piccata Recipe

Today, I’m sharing a truly delectable dish that marries the richness of salmon with the bright, tangy flavors of a classic piccata. This Creamy Salmon Piccata recipe is not only mouthwatering but also a feast for the eyes, making it perfect for both a quiet dinner at home and impressing guests. The smooth, luxurious sauce, punctuated with capers and a hint of lemon, complements the perfectly cooked salmon fillets, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Let’s get into the kitchen and whip up this culinary delight!

Introduction

Salmon piccata offers a wonderful twist on the traditional veal or chicken piccata. It’s a dish that feels special enough for a holiday meal yet simple enough for a weeknight dinner. The combination of lemon, capers, and creamy sauce adds layers of flavor that enhance the natural richness of the salmon. Each bite is a perfect balance of creamy and tangy, making your palate crave more.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh salmon, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 Tbsp brined capers, drained
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional for garnish)

How to Make

  1. Prepare the Salmon: Season the salmon pieces with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Lightly dredge each piece in flour, shaking off any excess.
  2. Cook the Salmon: In a large skillet, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the salmon, skin side up, and sear until golden and crisp, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the salmon from the skillet and set aside.
  3. Make the Sauce: In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium. Add the chicken broth (or white wine), lemon juice, and lemon zest. Let it simmer for a minute to reduce slightly.
  4. Add Capers and Cream: Stir in the capers and heavy cream, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken.
  5. Combine: Return the salmon to the skillet, spooning the sauce over the fillets. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and the sauce is creamy.
  6. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley if desired, and serve hot.

Helpful Tips

  • Choosing Salmon: Opt for fresh, high-quality salmon for the best flavor and texture.
  • Sauce Consistency: If the sauce is too thin, let it simmer for a few extra minutes to reduce further. If too thick, thin it out with a little more broth or cream.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve this dish with a side of steamed vegetables, over pasta, or with a light salad to keep the meal balanced.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Wine Alternatives: If you prefer not to use wine, stick to chicken broth or even vegetable broth for a different twist.
  • Dairy-Free Option: Use coconut cream instead of heavy cream for a dairy-free version.
  • Herb Variations: Dill or tarragon can also complement the flavors in this dish if parsley isn’t your favorite.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I make this with other types of fish? Yes! While salmon works beautifully, you can also use halibut or cod as great alternatives.
  2. How can I ensure the salmon doesn’t overcook? Keep a close eye on the fish while searing and simmering, as salmon cooks quickly and is best enjoyed when it’s still slightly pink in the center.

Storage Instructions

Leftover salmon piccata can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. Reheat gently to prevent the salmon from drying out.

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Thank you for spending time in the kitchen with me today. This Creamy Salmon Piccata is sure to delight anyone who tries it, promising a delicious and elegant meal that’s easy to prepare. Enjoy every creamy, tangy bite!

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Creamy Salmon Piccata

Creamy Salmon Piccata Recipe


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Experience the delightful fusion of creamy and tangy with this Creamy Salmon Piccata Recipe! Perfect for any occasion, this dish features tender salmon fillets enrobed in a luscious lemon-caper sauce, making each bite a perfect harmony of flavors.


Ingredients

Scale

1 lb fresh salmon, cut into 4 pieces

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Salt and pepper, to taste

Flour, for dredging

2 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup chicken broth or dry white wine

2 Tbsp lemon juice

Zest of 1 lemon

12 Tbsp brined capers, drained

1 cup heavy cream

Fresh parsley, chopped (optional for garnish)


Instructions

Season salmon with garlic powder, salt, and pepper; dredge lightly in flour.

In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over medium-high heat and sear salmon until golden, about 3-4 minutes per side; remove and set aside.

In the same skillet, add chicken broth, lemon juice, and zest; simmer until slightly reduced.

Stir in capers and heavy cream; simmer until sauce thickens.

Return salmon to skillet, cover with sauce, and cook until done.

Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitute white wine with additional chicken broth for a non-alcoholic version.

For a thicker sauce, simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes before adding salmon back to the skillet.

Serve with a side of steamed asparagus or over a bed of fresh pasta for a complete meal.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Sautéing
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 fillet with sauce
  • Calories: 500 kcal
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 500 mg
  • Fat: 38g
  • Saturated Fat: 18g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Cholesterol: 135mg

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