Garlic-Lemon Salmon Piccata

January 30, 2019 (Last Updated: July 1, 2020)
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Salmon is an extremely versatile fish that can be prepared in many ways. This easy Salmon Piccata with garlic, lemon, capers, and baby spinach is so flavorful, and simple enough for a weeknight meal!

Salmon fillets with wilted spinach, capers and lemon slices

Salmon is one of the most widely available and commonly cooked fishes in the United States. There are many ways to prepare salmon, but easily one of my favorites is this Garlic-Lemon Salmon Piccata. It’s super citrusy, a wonderful flavor profile for any fish dish, and adds a burst of bright green color from handfuls of baby spinach and a sprinkle of parsley to finish.

Salmon piccata, salmon fillets with capers, baby spinach, and lemon slices

How to make Salmon Piccata

This recipe is as simple as it gets. Season and flour salmon fillets, and then cook in them in butter and olive oil in a skillet. Remove the salmon from the pan, and then make the sauce. Melt some more butter, than add garlic, lemon juice, white wine, capers, lemon slices, and baby spinach. Cook the sauce until fragrant and the spinach is wilted. Then return the salmon fillets to the pan and coat with the sauce. Finish with a sprinkle of parsley, and dinner’s ready!

I find that this salmon is never dry because it’s pan-seared and cloaked in the delicious lemon, garlic, and white white sauce. Although the recipe calls for four 6-ounce fillets of fish, you can use smaller fillets if you prefer, which is what I did. I took a side of salmon (weighing just over 1 1/2 pounds) and cut it into relatively equal-sized portions. I’ve also make this recipe with grilled salmon! Season and grill the salmon, and make the sauce the way it says to in the recipe. Then add the grilled salmon into the piccata sauce. When it’s grilling season, this is a great option to get a little extra smoky flavor into your salmon.

Salmon piccata fillets cooking in a pan with wilted baby spinach and lemon slices

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seared salmon piccata with capers, parsley, lemon and wilted baby spinach

Garlic-Lemon Salmon Piccata

Salmon is an extremely versatile fish that can be prepared in many ways. This easy Salmon Piccata with garlic, lemon, capers, and baby spinach is so flavorful, and simple enough for a weeknight meal!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 562 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (I also like to sprinkle paprika on my salmon fillets)
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (or equivalent weight salmon in small fillets)
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup capers drained
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • In a shallow baking dish, add flour. Season salmon with salt and pepper (and paprika if desired), then dredge in the flour, and toss until coated.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil. Add salmon and cook until golden, 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to skillet. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute, then add lemon juice and white wine and bring to a simmer. Stir in capers, lemon slices and spinach and let cook down until wilted, 2 minutes.
  • Return salmon to skillet and combine. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes & Nutrition

From Delish
Servings 4.0 * calories 562 * Total Fat 27 g * Saturated Fat 6 g * Monounsaturated Fat 5 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 120 mg * Sodium 672 mg * Potassium 71 mg * Total Carbohydrate 28 g * Dietary Fiber 2 g * Sugars 1 g * Protein 48 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*

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Salmon piccata with lemon slices, wilted spinach, and capers


  • Reply
    Mary Kabakian
    March 2, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    5 stars
    I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could, 5 stars is simply not enough. I love fish in general, but this particular recipe is one of the best that I’ve ever tried.

  • Reply
    March 5, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    5 stars
    This was great – fast, flavorful and satisfying!

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