Poached Salmon with Caper-Butter Sauce Recipe

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Jimmy Published: April 28, 2021 Modified: June 18, 2021
Poached Salmon with Caper-Butter Sauce Recipe

How To Make Poached Salmon with Caper-Butter Sauce

Soft and flaky poached salmon is cooked in white wine, then coated in a rich and savory caper-butter sauce, for an indulgent meal!

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 2tbspextra virgin olive oil
  • 2medium shallots
  • cupsdry white wine
  • 1stickunsalted butter,cold
  • 1tbspcapers
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2cupswater
  • 4salmon fillets,skinless
  • 2cupsromaine lettuce,shredded


  1. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the shallots and cook over low heat for about 4 minutes, until softened.

  2. Add ¾ cup of the wine and boil over high heat for about 7 minutes, until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Reduce the heat to moderate.

  3. Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, occasionally moving the pan back to the burner to keep the sauce very warm. Stir in the capers and season with salt and pepper.

  4. In a large skillet, combine the water with the remaining ½ cup of wine and bring to a boil. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet.

  5. Simmer very gently over low heat, turning once, for about 4 minutes per side, until just cooked through.

  6. When the salmon is almost done, gently reheat the butter sauce over moderate heat, whisking constantly just until hot; do not let it boil.

  7. Spread the shredded lettuce on plates. Using a slotted spatula, remove the salmon fillets from the skillet and quickly pat them dry with a paper towel, then set them on the lettuce.

  8. Pour the caper-butter sauce over the salmon fillets, serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 1177.37kcal
  • Fat: 82.99g
  • Saturated Fat: 27.57g
  • Trans Fat: 0.93g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.82g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 17.03g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.15g
  • Fiber: 2.04g
  • Sugar: 3.39g
  • Protein: 82.46g
  • Cholesterol: 278.54mg
  • Sodium: 1582.92mg
  • Calcium: 82.19mg
  • Potassium: 1682.94mg
  • Iron: 2.42mg
  • Vitamin A: 296.39µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.88mg
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