Crispy Caper Lemon Salmon is one of the best healthy salmon recipes. This lemon salmon is quick, easy and healthy! Crispy capers add texture sophistication to this easy weeknight meal.
A few months back, one of my co-workers visited Alaska for salmon season. He bought back an entire cooler of fresh salmon and halibut and was gracious enough to give me some. To capture the full flavor of wild caught salmon, I wanted to accent without overwhelming. I created Crispy Caper Lemon Salmon. It also happens to be super quick and healthy. Triple bonus!
Have you ever had an item that was so special you wanted to save it? Like a bottle of wine, smoked salt from a remote location or edible gold leaf (still in my pantry). You tell yourself you are “saving it for a special occasion” but you never end up using it because nothing seems special enough? Well, I’ve decided to throw that rule out the door. What good is wild caught salmon in air vacuumed packages in the freezer?
So instead of waiting for a special night, I decided a random Tuesday night was “the night”. Lemon always pairs nicely with salmon, so that was an obvious choice. While I did season the salmon with a quality Maldon sea salt, I wanted a little more POW.
Brined capers had that factor, but instead of eating them soft, I wanted them to also add sophistication in texture. I bought brined capers, rinsed them to get rid of excess salt and then crisped them up in a small sauce pan while the salmon was cooking. Add right before serving and you have an award winning dish: Crispy Caper Lemon Salmon!
Make sure to PIN Crispy Caper Lemon Salmon before you leave!
- 8 ounce salmon fillet
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Maldon sea salt & freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 cup brined capers drained and rinsed
- Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat baking dish with cooking spray.
Add salmon, cover with fresh lemon juice and season with Maldon sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Cooking time will vary greatly depending on the thickness of the salmon.
While salmon is cooking, lightly spray a small frying pan and heat to medium. Add capers. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until capers start to crisp and brown. Remove from heat and salt aside until salmon is complete.
Remove salmon, which should be a light pink and flake easily with a fork. Top with crispy capers and serve.