Caper Lemon Butter Salmon | Recipe | Quick & Easy

This past weekend was wonderfully relaxing.  We went out for sushi on Friday night with Mr. and Mrs. H (a typical Friday night), had Brazilian on Saturday night with some other friends, and hit up our local diner for Sunday brunch. 

So given that I hadn't cooked during the course of the weekend, why didn't I feel like cooking on Sunday night?  As in zero interest.  At all.  Zip.  Niente.  Mr. Stranded offered to cook, but we had stopped by the fish store on the way home from brunch and picked up some fresh salmon filets.  I don't like letting fish sit in the refrigerator overnight, so I had no choice but to cook them.

I wasn't in the mood for Mr. Stranded's usual salmon recipe, but I was feeling too hot and lazy to look up some new recipes.

So instead, I quickly made a lemon-butter caper sauce to accompany the salmon.  I placed the salmon over some garlic-sauteed spinach and spooned the sauce on top.  Easy, quick and enjoyable.  With Mr. Stranded as my "sous chef," dinner was cooked in 15 minutes.  Not bad for a lazy Sunday.

Salmon with Caper Lemon-Butter Sauce Recipe
Yields: 2 servings

2 boneless, skinless salmon filets
3 Tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, juiced
Zest from 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp capers
2 Tbsp white wine (optional)
lemon pepper

1. Place salmon filets on a baking sheet.  Season both sides with salt and lemon pepper.  Broil, 7 minutes per side.
2. In the meantime, melt the butter in a butter warmer or small saucepan over Low heat.  Add garlic; cook 1 minute.  Add lemon juice through white wine.  Cook 1 minute and turn off heat.
3. Spoon caper sauce over salmon filets and serve hot.


Sara Louise said... [Reply]

Looks good! I pretty much love anything with capers in it :-)

Mrs. Stranded said... [Reply]

@Sara Louise Me too!

Adrienne said... [Reply]

You have reminded me that I haven't made salmon in a couple of weeks. I was going to make that potato flake and horseradish recipe you posted previously, but I've been too lazy and absent minded to pick those ingredients up at the market.
This recipe is something I can make this week - Thursday I think - I already have all the ingredients on hand.

Mrs. Stranded said... [Reply]

@Adrienne The wasabi-potato crusted salmon was great! But this was much faster and easier. Let me know how it goes!

Hines-Sight said... [Reply]

Looks great. You have to join me for my first link-up on August 1. It's called "Easy Meal Planning". I'm all about streamlining my life and I want our readers to be able to find good recipes for healthy meals in one place for the month or tips and best practices on meal planning. Your recipes are so good. Join me. My latest post talks about it a little.

Sarah said... [Reply]

I must say, my hat is off to the amazing cooking going on here. If it weren't for my husband, I'd likely starve. Somehow, the "passing on" of cooking know-how skipped me completely. :-/ Keep up the yummy work. Oh, and be sure to check out the giveaway over on my blog. I'd love to know what you think!

Mrs. Stranded said... [Reply]

@Hines-Sight Thanks for letting me know! I will think of a few more recipes to link-up. Sounds like it will be a great series.

Mrs. Stranded said... [Reply]

@Sarah Thanks so much! I normally enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but more so during the cold, Cleveland winter months. There are a few recipes I've been waiting to try when it's not too hot to turn on the oven. Thanks for reminding me about your giveaway. I saw it the other day and loved it!

Hines-Sight said... [Reply]

Just e-mailed you. I hope so. If people participate then I'll do it the first of every month. We'll see. It would be nice to go to one post and have a bunch of meal ideas or tips at your fingertips in one link plus it helps others know about other blogs.

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Mrs. Stranded said... [Reply]

@Dave at Thanks for stopping by! I will take a look and post a few recipes in the coming days.

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