Baked Salmon Piccata Recipe


Baked Salmon Piccata is a light and fresh salmon dish that you will be proud to serve to anyone, at any time!  It it will become one of your go-to recipes and your favorite way to cook salmon.  It is the ultimate in comfort food!  Baked Salmon Piccata is excellent for a dinner party because it is so easy to make and so tasty.

The light touch of lemon juice, wine, and capers creates an amazing luscious lemony sauce that taste so fantastic.  Capers give a vinegary burst of salt that is a great compliment to fish, especially rich ones such as salmon.  The sauce is made by deglazing the pan with some wine, the same wine you will be serving for the meal.

This salmon recipe is a play on my Chicken Piccata recipe.  Instead of using chicken, you use salmon.  I just love the flavors of lemon, butter, and capers.  Enjoy this restaurant dish at home with a glass of wine and a fresh salad.  I like to also serve this salmon dish with some pasta.


Salmon Piccata


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More of Linda’s great Salmon Recipes and also How To Select, Buy, and Cook Fish.




Baked Salmon Piccata Recipe:

Baked Salmon Piccata Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


salmon steaks, 1-inch thick
All-purpose flour for dredging
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons butter, divided
3 tablespoons finely-chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 heaping tablespoon drained capers*
1/8 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings, crushed
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons beef broth

* Capers generally come in brine but can also be found salted and sold in bulk.  Either way, rinse before using to flush away as much salt as possible.



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Wash salmon steaks, pat dry, and roll in flour.

In a large ovenproof frying pan or saute pan, heat 1/4 cup butter until it melts.  Briefly saute the salmon steaks, browning both sides.

Bake, covered, 10 to 15 minutes until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature registers 140 degrees F. or until salmon is slightly opaque in thickest part (cut to test).  During this time the meat continues to cook (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven) and the juices redistribute.  Remove from oven.  Reserve liquid in the pan and transfer salmon onto a warm serving platter.

Approximately cooking times for salmon:

1/4 to 1/3-inch - 3 to 4 minutes 
1/2 to 3/4-inch - 4 to 6 minutes 
1 to 1 1/2-inch - 8 to 12 minutes

Thermapen ThermometerThis is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking.  I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking.  I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right.  To learn more about this excellent thermometer and to also purchase one (if you desire), just click on the underlined:  Thermapen Thermometer.

Using the same pan over medium heat, stir together onion, garlic, capers, and Italian seasonings into the reserved liquid; simmer for 5 minutes.  Add white wine, lemon juice, and beef broth; stir until well blended.  Turn off heat, whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons butter until blended.  Remove from heat, pour sauce over salmon, and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.


Dinner    Pacific Northwest    Salmon   

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