Poached Salmon with Creamy Piccata Sauce

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Simple poached salmon is anything but bland when topped with this piquant sauce. Serve with roasted asparagus, sliced fresh tomatoes and some crusty, garlic-rubbed, toasted farm bread.

"I love this recipe. It's quick and easy and I was surprised at how tasty it was, the lemons, capers, and shallots were just perfect with the salmon. A little brown rice and a nice crisp side salad was all it took to make it a very...
Poached Salmon with Creamy Piccata Sauce

Makes: 2 servings

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  • 8 ounces center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 2 portions
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, divided
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons capers, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Place salmon in a medium skillet. Add 1/4 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 small skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining 1/4 cup wine; boil until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice and capers and cook 1 minute more. Remove from the heat, stir in sour cream and salt. Serve the salmon topped with the sauce and garnished with dill.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Place a salmon 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.


Per serving: 281 calories; 16 g fat (4 g sat, 7 g mono); 73 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 306 mg sodium; 486 mg potassium.

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

Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 1/2 fat

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