Salmon Piccata

Juicy, flaky salmon is lightly dusted in flour and seared with butter. The sauce is made with white wine, capers, garlic, and lemon. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon salmon, piccata, salmon, salmon on stove
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 443 kcal



  • 1.5 lbs salmon fillets skin removed
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 lemon - juice only
  • 1/2 lemon - slices
  • 3 tbsp capers drained (can add more if you wish)
  • salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
US Customary - Metric


  1. Before cooking, let salmon rest on the cutting board first for about 30 minutes to warm up.

  2. Pat salmon dry with a paper towel and season fillets with salt and pepper on all sides.

  3. Spread flour in a wide, shallow bowl and dip salmon in flour on all sides. Gently tap (not rub) on salmon fillet to remove the excess flour.

  4. Preheat a cast iron skillet (or another cooking pan) over medium heat before adding salmon. Add butter and once butter is melted, add salmon fillets.

  5. Sear salmon for about 4-5 minutes of each side, depending on thickness of the fish. Take salmon out of the pan and set aside. 

  6. Add butter to the same pan and let it melt. Once butter is melted, add garlic and saute until fragrant.

  7. Pour in wine and let it simmer. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula and stir. 

  8. Pour in stock and lemon juice and add salt, pepper, and capers. Bring the mixture to simmer and add lemon slices. 

  9. Add salmon back to the pan, sprinkle minced parsley over the top, and let it simmer with the sauce for just a couple of minutes.

  10. Serve salmon right away.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Salmon Piccata
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 416mg18%
Potassium 960mg27%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 505IU10%
Vitamin C 25.7mg31%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.