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Salmon Piccata
with orzo pasta / green beans

Active: 45 minTotal: 45 min
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Chicken piccata is more well-known, but the flavors of piccata sauce, made with lemon juice and capers, are a perfect match for fish. This is a revised version of an older recipe that featured tilapia - feel free to use any type of fish you prefer.


Salmon Piccata with Orzo:
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Pasta, uncooked orzo - 1 1/2 cups
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Salmon fillets - 1 lb
  • Flour - 4 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
  • Wine, white - 1/2 cup (sub stock)
  • Lemon juice - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, drained
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
Roasted Balsamic Green Beans:
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Green beans / Shallots - (If prepping before cooking, get oven heating first.) Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Pasta - Boil pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Salmon - Rinse and pat dry. Season with some salt and pepper.
  5. Prepare breading - Combine first portion of flour, salt, and pepper in a baking dish or shallow bowl.


  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C.
  2. Toss green beans with red pepper flakes, vinegar, oil (portion for green beans), and some salt and pepper. Spread out onto a sheet pan and roast until tender and brown in spots, ~20 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking.
  3. While green beans roast, dredge salmon in flour mixture, shaking off any excess.
  4. Heat a large skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for salmon) and then arrange fish in heated oil. (Note: Cook salmon in batches if the pan cannot hold all of the fish at one time.)
  5. Cook fish on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes total, depending on thickness. Set salmon aside on a plate.
  6. Return to heated pan (if the pan looks dry, add a splash of oil) and add second portion of flour, shallots, and oregano. Saute until no dry spots of flour remain, ~2 minutes.
  7. Add stock, wine, lemon juice, and capers to the heated pan, scraping up any brown bits. Simmer sauce until it thickens, 4 to 6 minutes.
  8. Remove pan from heat. Stir butter and parsley into sauce and add salmon back to pan, spooning sauce over top. Taste and season with some salt and pepper.
  9. If pasta was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  10. Serve salmon and sauce over pasta with green beans on the side. Enjoy!

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This meal has 22 reviews

Delicious. Next time I would add more spice for the green beans but overall this was great.

By: Vickie
Posted: Jan 16, 2019
Diet: Original

Fish and veggies were great but the sauce didn't thicken up as much as I'd like

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Used Vulcan Fire Salt on the green beans - yum! Substituted spaghetti for the orzo since I didn't have any orzo on hand. It took a few extra dishes (saute pan, boiling pasta, cooking beans in the oven) but it was really delicious.

By: Julie
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Original

The flavors of the sauce, salmon, and orzo together were really delicious. The green beans were a tad too spicy for my 3 year old but the 1 year old and both adults loved them. There were a lot of dishes involved with this meal.

By: Abigail
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Original

I really enjoyed this. Had to add more flour as I always add more oil than called for when cooking fish. The fish had a lovely brown crust, and the sauce was delicious. Green beans were spicy (too much for our toddler). Would be helpful if fish recipes could specify skin on or off - I spent 15 minutes removing the skin from my salmon, which seemed necessary but maybe wasn't.

By: Angela
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Original

Stumbled my way through this with unfamiliar ingredients & methods..marking my 13th whole30 dinner. Tasted pretty good, salmon looked blackened but ended up tasting real good. Would like to try original version in future.

By: Jessie
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Paleo