Grilled Salmon With Lemon Caper Sauce

Salmon and capers
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Marinate: 10 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
294 Calories
18g Fat
6g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 294
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 20g
Calcium 80mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This grilled salmon with lemon caper sauce sounds like fancy adult food, but it's actually quite appropriate for kids as well. You can grill the salmon on a regular grill, in a grill pan on the stove, or in an indoor electric grill.

"A fool-proof method for preparing salmon on the grill. The lemony marinade soaks into the fish and adds a ton of bright flavor. The buttery lemon sauce takes just a minute or two on the stove. The flavor is bright yet rich, with briny capers adding complexity. Any side dish will work as an accompaniment." —Danielle Centoni

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  • 3/4 cup lemon juice, from 3 lemons, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, pin bones removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Whisk 1/4 cup lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, and a dash of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add salmon fillets, turning to coat. Refrigerate the salmon for 10 minutes.

  3. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Brush and oil the grill grates. Grill the salmon about 4 minutes a side, depending on the thickness of the salmon and the type of grill you're using.

  4. Heat remaining 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes until it becomes more opaque and reduces to 1/3 cup. Remove from heat and add butter and a pinch of salt. When the butter is melted, stir in the capers. Taste, and add more salt if necessary.

  5. Divide salmon among four plates. Serve with a drizzle of lemon caper sauce over each salmon fillet.

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