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This easy Lemon Salmon Piccata is a gorgeous main dish where salmon filets are nestled in the most delicious creamy lemon sauce. You’ll be licking that pan clean!

Lemon Salmon Piccata served in a cast iron pan with creamy sauce and lemon slices drizzled all over it

We are all salmon lovers here in the My Food Story household. Especially when we can get our hands on some fresh salmon fillets.

I’m especially in love with this creamy dreamy lemon sauce that has all the fresh, vibrant spring feels. It’s almost as if we are announcing spring with this recipe right now. I mean just imagine salmon fillets seared on the pan till they are flaky, and then nestled in a cream based sauce that’s got big squirts of lime juice, garlic and capers. I’m puckering up just thinking about it.

This is a one pan dish which starts with cooking the salmon fillets. You set them aside while you cook the sauce and then as soon as you are done, add the salmon fillets back to the pan so that they can soak it all up.

Side Angle of the Lemon Salmon Piccata with capers and lemon slices

Just look at that delicious sauce drizzling down. Doesn’t make you want to drink it all up?

I love making this recipe during weeknights because it takes less than 30 minutes to make. There is no chopping, grinding or any other prep. The list of ingredients is five if you don’t count the usual suspects – salt and pepper and everything’s usually there in my pantry.

The only step that’s important to note is that you shouldn’t simmer your sauce too much once the cream is added. Give it a minute or two and you are set. Otherwise you may have the risk of splitting the sauce.

Closeup of the Lemon Salmon Piccata with capers and lemon slices.

We love serving this with steamed broccoli, steamed rice or quinoa, but if you want more carbs, you can also serve this lemon salmon piccata with mashed potatoes. Either way, you’ll love this recipe!

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Lemon Salmon Piccata

5 from 2 votes
This easy Lemon Salmon Piccata is a gorgeous main dish where salmon filets are nestled in the most delicious creamy lemon sauce. You'll be licking that pan clean!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Pat the salmon fillets dry and sprinkle salt and pepper on each side.
  • Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet and add the salmon fillets skin down. Cook on each side for 4-5 minutes and then remove them from the pan.
  • Add garlic to the pan and cook for a minute. Add the chicken broth and bring to a quick boil. Simmer for 5-6 minutes till the broth has reduced to half. Mix in the lemon juice and capers.
  • Add the cream and let this simmer for two minutes. Add the salmon fillets back to the pan. Check and adjust the seasoning and turn off the flame. Serve immediately.


Calories: 61kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 881mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 2.3mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Richa Gupta

I’m Richa, the cook, writer and photographer behind this little blog. I’ve grown up in the kitchen along side my mum and grandmothers and conversations in my family are always about the next meal. I’ve picked up their love for food along the way, and with this blog, I share my food story with you.

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  1. Why no capers? Seems weird to me not to have it in a picatta. but alas I will make this as every recipe on this site has made me a rock star chef in my home 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Wow, all you recipes are fabulous. So glad I bumped in to your website.
    Thank you so much

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad that you have found my site and you can find some recipes that you will enjoy! Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

    1. I cook them on medium to medium to high depending on how thick the salmon is. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO