Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Seared Salmon with Green Peppercorn Sauce

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2012

A simple sauce of piquant green peppercorns, lemon juice and butter tops this seared salmon recipe. Green peppercorns come from the same plant as black ones, but are harvested before they mature. Typically packed in vinegar, they have a refreshingly sharp flavor. Look for them near the capers in most supermarkets. Serve with smashed red potatoes and sautéed kale.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1¼ pounds wild salmon fillet (see Tip), skinned and cut into 4 portions
  • ¼ teaspoon plus a pinch of salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon green peppercorns in vinegar, rinsed and crushed


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  1. Sprinkle salmon pieces with ¼ teaspoon salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and cook until just opaque in the center, gently turning halfway, 4 to 7 minutes total. Divide among 4 plates. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add lemon juice, butter, peppercorns and the remaining pinch of salt; swirl the pan carefully to incorporate the butter into the sauce. Top each portion of fish with sauce (about 2 teaspoons each).
  • Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a larger, more stable population. Farmed salmon, including Atlantic, should be avoided, as it endangers the wild salmon population.
  • To skin salmon, place fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 226 calories; 11 g fat(4 g sat); 0 g fiber; 1 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 19 mcg folate; 76 mg cholesterol; 0 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 327 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 58 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 269 mg sodium; 543 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: 4½ lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 3

March 18, 2019
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By: Catherine Lee
Are the green peppercorns the same as capers?
January 15, 2019
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By: Ms. Serafin
Made this dish and it was absolutely amazing! I couldn’t get the peppercorns in my area so I just used regular course ground pepper and it turned out perfect! My whole family loved this (even my picky boyfriend who only likes fish a certain way!)
December 31, 2012
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By: nospam99
Simple and elegant I would be happy to be served this dish in a restaurant. The method is very easy and the lemon butter sauce is simple but powerful and adds a lot fresher flavor by topping the fish at the end than if you had cooked it with lemon. I used sockeye salmon and had to skip the peppercorns since they aren't available here, although I suspect they would make the dish better. Instead, at service I topped with fresh ground black pepper. I served the salmon with a large green salad. If your picky eaters like salmon, they will love this dish. Non-picky eaters will be pleased, too. Pros: Easy to prepare Cons: Salmon takes at least twice as long to cook as stated
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