Salmon with Lemon Butter Caper Sauce

It’s the first day of a new school year (and hopefully my last year as a grad student!). Summer is over and this means that the joys of being able to come to campus whenever I want and to be able to find a parking spot no problem is over. It’s back to waking up super early, rushing to campus, and then battling it out with a bunch of 18-year-olds for a parking space (no offense to any 18-year-olds reading this…). But, there are two good things about fall: 1. cooler weather and 2. SEMINOLE FOOTBALL! Now, onto the food.

When it comes to seafood, I always prefer simple, light, citrus flavors. We have salmon about once a week and this is the way the hubs and myself like to cook it. This is a quick and easy dish to make. You can turn it all out in about 15-20 minutes, which during the week, this is my kind of meal!

Salmon with Lemon Butter Caper Sauce

Serves 2


– 1 lb. salmon

– 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

– 2 lemons, juiced

– 2 garlic cloves

– 1 1/2 tbs. butter (I used Smart Balance)

– 1 tbs. capers

– salt and pepper


1. Heat olive oil in pan. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper. Add to pan skin side down. Add half of the lemon juice. Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes and turn over. Scrape skin off fish and discard. Cook for an additional 4 minutes. Turn over once more and cook for 2 minutes or until fish is cooked to your preference. Remove fish from pan.

2. Without cleaning the pan, add butter and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Add remaining lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Add capers. Turn off heat and pour sauce evenly over fish and serve.



  1. This looks delicious! What a great sauce! Sounds similar to the chicken piccata I just made, I just love those flavors!! :)

    • Thanks, Kelly! This is also very similar to my chicken piccata recipe. It just doesn’t have the white wine! Any variation of this type of sauce is good to me and it works so well on chicken and fish! :)

  2. I just bought some salmon this recipe is perfect! Thanks for sharing

  3. Love all the flavours here! Salmon is so great with butter and lemon and caper. Yumm!

  4. Great dish-I prefer salmon with simple ingredients because it does bring out the best in the fish. Perfectly done-yum!

  5. You had me at lemon butter. Then you add capers and I’m in LOVE.

  6. Stephanie! I love lemon and capers! What a great light sauce for salmon! This looks scrumptious! Hope your school year is off to a great start! : )

  7. This is just stunning. I love capers on chicken!

  8. I love lemon butter caper sauce on anything! This looks delish!

  9. This looks soooo good! I haven’t have salmon with lemon and butter caper sauce since I had to make this dish as part of one of my finals in culinary school. It looks beautiful and delicious! Great photo too! Thanks so much for sharing, so glad I saw it, brings back good memories, well done! =]

  10. I always love lemon butter and capers…. looks fantastic.

  11. I love capers…. I put a lot as long as it doesn’t change the whole flavor….but my husband thinks I’m crazy for putting so much capers (on my portion). Now your recipe reminded me that I haven’t had this similar dish. I’ll have to try your recipe next time. I love simple butter, lemon, and caper combo!!

  12. I’ve given up on Summer. Time to embrace the Fall. Love the strong flavours with this salmon. Very delish – and all that natural omega 3 is great brain food.

  13. Mmmmmmm….this looks fabulous!!! I love lemon butter and capers on chicken, so I know it would be delectable on salmon :)

  14. Kinda picatta style – love it lemons & capers! Very healthy start to the school year.

  15. After looking at that picture I’m really craving salmon. I think I will have to eat some salmon this week:)

  16. I agree, simple meals like this are perfect for the weeknight! And salmon – even better =)

  17. Capers add a nice touch. My father-in-law is a big Seminole fan! I go with Boise State myself :)

  18. Please come over and make this for me. Enough said! It looks simple, yet amazing! Love it.

  19. This sounds wonderful – always looking for good salmon recipes!

  20. As big of a fan as I am of summer break, I love the fall. Wishing you luck in school this year! Delicious salmon :)

  21. I have been into a salmon craving lately… I have been having it twice a week for the past couple of weeks! Great recipe! I love capers! :-)

  22. Just found your blog – awesome recipe. I’m going to have to try adding capers to my lemon sauce for salmon. I just always forget to buy them!

  23. What a great salmon recipe! Looks wonderful! Citrus makes salmon so yummy!

  24. Lovely. I collect simple salmon recipes as I tend to eat a lot of the stuff as it is so good made simply and after work I usually have no time. Count me in as loving capers so for me, this one has it all! Good job!

  25. My son followed FSU last year. His teacher is Christian Ponder’s aunt and they talked about him all the time. We are Razorback fans in this house though but super excited about football!! Great recipe. I’m going to have to hold on to the lemon caper sauce recipe…sounds perfect.

  26. i love salmon, and your dish is so beautiful! Love capers and lemon-buttery sauce..sounds even more delicious!! Thank you for sharing, and have a lovely day Stephanie!

  27. Beautiful looking salmon dish, Love the capers and the lemony sauce…
    Delicious and perfect …
    Thanks for sharing.

  28. Lemon Butter Caper sauce… Mmmmmm! I just bought a big jar of capers from Costco, I know the first dish I’m going to try. : )

  29. Capers are the best! I’ve actually used them with a Greek yogurt topping on my ques-egg-dilla too. Sounds weird, but I’m convinced they go with everything. :)

  30. Stephanie, this recipe looks amazing!!
    I’m like you, I love citrus with fish – it’s light and fresh…topped with cappers – yum!
    Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog – it’s so nice to have you visit :)

    I’ll be following you now too!


  31. Hi Stephanie! Mmm, I love lemon butter caper sauce! This is one of my favorite meals. Thanks for stopping by the Shiksa blog! :)

  32. ooh capers!! never thought about adding those!

  33. Lemon, butter, and capers oh my! :D

  34. This looks a lot like our dinner from last night–great minds! I like the idea of the capers, too.

  35. I’m a big fan of capers and lemon. This sounds like a great combination with the salmon!

  36. Well I know what I’m eating for dinner tomorrow night! Looks great!

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