Creamy Salmon Piccata


This Creamy Salmon Piccata is so easy to make and the flavor is sure to satisfy! It’s fancy enough to serve to guests yet simple enough for a weeknight dinner.

Creamy Salmon Piccata

Here you get buttery salmon fillets pan seared to golden brown perfection then they are covered with a deliciously creamy, tangy lemon sauce and they’re finished with salty capers and fresh herbs. All together it’s a match meant to be.

Want to see how to make this salmon piccata recipe? Watch the video!

Creamy Salmon Piccata

Here if you don’t like dill or capers one or the other can be omitted and you’d still get a delicious end result, because really it’s all about that dreamy lemon sauce and those perfectly pan seared salmon fillets.

With pan seared salmon a few tricks I’ve found to get a crispy exterior are to use a preheated hot skillet with just enough oil, dab the salmon dry first, give it space in the skillet, and don’t move it around. Let it sit in the same spot until it’s ready to be flipped.

It’s one of my favorite ways to cook salmon and it only takes minutes. You can’t beat that!

Creamy Salmon Piccata

Once you start cooking salmon in a skillet you won’t look back. It is probably the cooking method I use most for salmon because it’s too convenient (preheating a skillet is way faster than preheating an oven or grill) and the end result is just so tasty.

Creamy Salmon Piccata

I like to serve this with orzo for the extra sauce and a side salad for some pops of color. But roasted veggies or steamed asparagus would also be a good choice.

You can never have too many salmon recipes so add this one to the list! Salmon is one of my favorite dinners so I’m always trying out new salmon recipes and I’m totally loving this one!

If you liked it then try my Creamy Chicken Piccata which is what this recipe was derived from.

Creamy Salmon Piccata


Creamy Salmon Piccata

5 from 10 votes

Perfectly pan seared salmon fillets covered in a creamy, tangy lemon dill sauce and finished with salty capers. An easy and amazingly delicious salmon dish!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 1/4 cups + 1 Tbsp low-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 2 Tbsp capers, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley


  1. If you have time let salmon rest at room temperature 10 minutes. 

  2. Heat a 12-inch heavy bottomed non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil.

  3. Dab salmon dry with paper towels. Season both sides lightly with salt and pepper. 

  4. Place in skillet and sear until bottom is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip then continue to cook until salmon is cooked through, about 2 - 3 minutes longer. 

  5. Transfer salmon to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm, leave about 1 tsp oil in skillet. Add garlic and saute just until golden brown, about 20 seconds. 

  6. Pour in 1 1/4 cups chicken broth and let simmer until broth is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together remaining 1 Tbsp broth with cornstarch. 

  7. While whisking pour cornstarch mixture into reduced broth mixture. Cook and stir until thickened, about 1 minute. 

  8. Stir in cream, butter, lemon and dill. Remove from heat, return salmon to skillet. 

  9. Spoon sauce over salmon. Sprinkle with capers and parsley. Serve immediately.

  10. Recipe source: adapted from my Creamy Chicken Piccata

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  • Mrs P: I made it tonight – delicious!! Thank you for the inspiration!! Having it with a side of butternut squash risotto, and a collard greens & kale mix. December 27, 2017 at 5:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it! Your additions sound delicious. Thanks for your review! December 28, 2017 at 4:29pm Reply

  • Tammy: Where can I get plates like the one in creamy salmon piccata..? December 31, 2017 at 5:58am Reply

  • Rachel: Very, very good! We all loved it and my 6yr old had 3 helpings. A repeat recipe for sure! December 31, 2017 at 5:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family liked it Rachel! Thanks for your review! December 31, 2017 at 8:35pm Reply

  • Lori: Is there anything I can use to replace the corn starch? This looks delicious. January 1, 2018 at 6:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes a roux would work here as well, so in a separate small pan melt 2 Tbsp butter then add 2 Tbsp flour (since flour needs 3 times as much vs cornstarch), cook 1 minute then add that to the broth and let thicken. I’ve also heard gelatin works well to thicken sauces but haven’t tried yet. Hope you enjoy! January 3, 2018 at 5:26pm Reply

      • Lori: Thank you! I can’t wait to try this! January 3, 2018 at 5:44pm Reply

  • Leigh Ann Hall: Excellent! The sauce is amazing! January 3, 2018 at 5:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Leigh Ann! January 4, 2018 at 12:59pm Reply

  • Phyllis: Delicious! This will be a go-to recipe for me. My entire family loved it. I served it on spiraled zucchini instead of orzo. We will have this again soon! January 3, 2018 at 8:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Healthy and delicious! January 4, 2018 at 12:57pm Reply

  • Monica: Looks delicious! Was hoping to try but I don’t eat meat/chicken. Is there anything I could use to substitute for chicken broth? Thanks! January 4, 2018 at 7:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m guessing a seafood stock or vegetable broth would work as well. I hope you love it! January 5, 2018 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Becky: I hate Salmon unless it’s from a can and has mayo with lots of sweet onion LOL . I decided to see if I could make it for someone who’s a conasuir, what can I say I love a challenge and Salmon is tricky . Well I loved it ! Thanks for waking up my taste buds , but I gotta admit I had 5 times more sauce on mine LOL January 6, 2018 at 7:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Becky! And you can’t go wrong with extra sauce! January 7, 2018 at 5:32pm Reply

  • Pauline: Hi there, I’m planning to make this dish for my partner, I’m thinking of doing it like a full course meal, can you recommend me any appetizers(soup/salad) from your recipe that goes along with this dish? Thank you! January 7, 2018 at 2:04am Reply

  • Cheryl: This salmon was amazing!!! January 8, 2018 at 9:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Cheryl!! January 11, 2018 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Victoria Preston: What type of pan would work the best? I have non-stick frying pans and I have cast-iron skillets.

    Thanks January 10, 2018 at 9:23am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I used a heavy non-stick fry pan. January 11, 2018 at 2:59pm Reply

  • Victoria Preston: I made this tonight and it was incredibly delicious. I’m not a huge salmon fan but this is definitely a recipe that I will keep and make time and time again. Follow the directions exactly and you will be more than pleased. That’s why I love this site so much. I know that the recipes are going to produce great meals, so it’s always worth my time and effort. January 10, 2018 at 9:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Victoria – so glad you liked it! January 11, 2018 at 11:44am Reply

  • Patsy: I’m not really a piccata fan, but my husband is and I wanted to mix it up a little. This was outstanding and I will make it again and again.
    Thank you,
    Patsy January 22, 2018 at 7:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed Patsy! January 23, 2018 at 2:28pm Reply

  • Mia: This is delicious. Even my picky eaters loved it. I used beef broth instead. I didn’t have chicken broth. It turned out so delicious. I made extra sauce for the smash potatoes. This is what my son said “ MOM, this is DIVINE “ happy kids, happy mom. LOVE this website. I will make this recepie again, again and again 😘 Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️❤️❤️drlisafrost February 18, 2018 at 2:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear this! Thanks for leaving a comment Mia! February 21, 2018 at 10:43am Reply

  • Jocelyn: This was absolutely wonderful! It was my first time cooking salmon in a cast iron skillet, and I’m hooked (no pun intended). Thanks so much. March 6, 2018 at 7:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Lol so glad you liked it! March 8, 2018 at 1:22pm Reply

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