Salmon Meuniere

This Salmon Meuniere recipe is an easy French classic. It’s packed with a lemon flavor that perfectly balances the dish making it our go-to fancy salmon recipe to impress our dinner guests.

a plate of salmon meuniere coated in sauce with parsley garnish

Salmon

We use two fresh salmon fillets for our Salmon Meuniere. The name Salmon Meuniere simply refers to the way the salmon is prepared - the salmon is coated in flour, sautéed in butter, and seasoned with lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley. That’s it!

Typically, this dish was prepared with a flakey white fish, such as cod. However, we couldn’t help trying out this method with delicious salmon fillets.

Brown Butter

Otherwise known as Beurre Noisette, brown butter is a sauce commonly used in French cuisine. You will find this mostly used in savory foods such as pasta, fish, and chicken but also it makes an appearance in French pastries. Brown butter is the perfect way to add a subtle deep nutty scent and flavor to a dish. It’s used in Salmon Meuniere as an effective way to deepen the flavor and offset the bitterness of the lemon juice.

Seasoning

The seasoning is a mixture of lemon for a lovely citrus flavor, parsley which brings a beautiful element of freshness to the dish, and a little bit of salt and pepper. There’s not much more to it!

a forkful of beautiful pink salmon meuniere

Can I use another fish instead of salmon?

Yes, this dish is typically made with light, flakey white fish, such as cod, tilapia, or sea bass. Try out this recipe with any flakey white fish!

Can I store the Salmon Meuniere in the fridge?

Yes, once it’s cooled, store the Salmon Meuniere in the fridge for 2 days in an airtight container. Reheat the salmon in a pan on low medium heat. Add a knob of butter to the pan and once the butter is melted add your salmon fillets to the pan and heat for roughly 3-4 minutes on each side.

Salmon Meuniere

This Salmon Meuniere recipe is an easy French classic. It’s packed with a lemon flavor that perfectly balances the dish making it our go-to fancy salmon recipe to impress our dinner guests.

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Cuisine
French

Servings
2

Calories
683 kcal

Prep time
5 minutes

Cook time
15 minutes

Total time
20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ¼ cup black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon parsley roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Mix ¼ cup flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Coat the salmon fillets thoroughly in the flour mixture.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pan on medium heat. Wait until the butter melts and begins to turn brown (roughly 5-10 minutes).
  3. Reduce the heat to low medium heat and then add the salmon fillets to the pan skin side down. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the skin is golden brown and the sides of the salmon turn pink. When that happens, flip the salmon over and add lemon zest to the skin of the salmon and the 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the pan. Cook the salmon for an additional 30 seconds - 1 minute. It should reach an internal temperature of 110°F-125°F.
  4. Move the salmon fillets to a plate lined with foil, cover with the foil and let the fillets rest for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Serve the salmon with brown butter and lemon sauce.

Nutrition

  • Calories 683 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 13.4 g | 
  • Protein 90 g | 
  • Fat 30.3 g | 
  • Saturated fat 10.4 g | 
  • Cholesterol 232.5 mg | 
  • Sodium 602.8 mg | 
  • Fiber 0.7 g | 
  • Sugar 0.5 g |