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Poached Salmon with Creamy Piccata Sauce

March/April 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Easy poached salmon is sophisticated with a creamy caper-and-lemon sauce. Make it a meal: Serve with snow peas or roasted asparagus and a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice.



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"Great recipe except I can not afford $ 15 a pound for salmon....I refuse to buy "farmed" fish as I feel it pollutes our environment... "
Poached Salmon with Creamy Piccata Sauce Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 4 portions
  • 1 cup dry white wine, divided
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons capers, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Preparation

  1. Place salmon in a large skillet. Add 1/2 cup wine and enough water to just cover the salmon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer, turn the salmon over, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining 1/2 cup wine; boil until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice and capers; cook 1 minute more. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and salt. To serve, top the salmon with the sauce and garnish with dill.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: How to skin a salmon fillet: Place skin-side down. Starting at the tail end, slip a long knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding 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

Per serving: 321 calories; 18 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 62 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 0 g fiber; 321 mg sodium; 480 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (60% daily value), Vitamin C (15% dv), excellent source of omega-3s.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat


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