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Salmon Meunière

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Salmon Meunière is a simple, beautiful way to prepare fresh salmon. Using just a few ingredients, fresh lemon and herbs, this Salmon Meunière recipe is ready in about 10 minutes. 

Honestly, I don't think you can ever have enough salmon recipes. I made this Salmon Meunière when we were stuck at home. I had salmon, and I had a ton of fresh parsley and lemon at home, so I searched for a preparation style that would use them both! 

Salmon Meuniere

What is Meunière style? 

Meunière is a french style of cooking that is typically reserved for fish. The fish (in this case, salmon) is lightly dredged in flour and pan fried. Then, it's typically served with a simple sauce of browned butter, lemon and parsley or other fresh herbs. 

The word Meunière means "Miller's Wife." This style of cooking is thought to originate from  families that milled flour, since flour is used to coat the fish. 

Salmon Meuniere

All recipes and cooking methods evolve, and you can adapt this recipe to your taste! The additions of Worchestershire sauce, a splash of white wine or chicken/beef stock are all tried and true additions that will customize the flavor of the dish.

And a fun fact- the addition of slivered almonds would turn this into Salmon Meunière Amandine or simply, Salmon Amandine. 

Salmon Meuniere

You may also be wondering how to pronounce Meunière. My best approximation is "meh-nyur." If you want to hear someone pronounce it, you can find that here.

How to Make Salmon Meunière

Making Salmon Meunière is unbelievably easy, especially considering how elegant and delicious it is! 

  • Lightly coat the flesh side of the salmon with salt, pepper and a dusting of flour.  
  • Melt your fat of choice in a large skillet on high heat, and introduce the salmon, flesh/flour side down.
  • Sear for 2-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the filet.
  • Remove the salmon from the skillet and allow it to rest while you prepare the sauce. 
  • To the skillet, add butter and allow to brown for about 1 minute over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom to loosen any browned bits left from the salmon. Add fresh parsley and stir quickly. Add lemon juice and stir again, then remove from heat to prevent the sauce from burning.
  • Serve your browned butter sauce over the top of the cooked salmon, garnished with additional lemon slices and/or fresh herbs. 

Salmon Meuniere

I think this salmon recipe would be amazing when paired with these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic Vinegar or  Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Mustard Glaze.

Salmon Meuniere

Salmon Meunière

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Salmon Meunière is a simple, beautiful way to prepare fresh salmon. Using just a few ingredients, fresh lemon and herbs, this Salmon Meunière recipe is ready in about 10 minutes. 

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets, 3-4 ounces each
  • 3 teaspoon flour 
  • a pinch of salt and pepper, per filet 
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil 
  • 4 tablespoon butter 
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

Lightly coat the flesh side of the salmon with salt, pepper and flour.

Melt your fat of choice in a large skillet on high heat, and introduce the salmon, flesh/flour side down. I used olive oil for this.

Sear for 2-4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the filet.

Remove the salmon from the skillet and allow it to rest while you prepare the sauce. 

To the same skillet, add butter and allow to brown for about 1 minute over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon, scraping the bottom to loosen any browned bits left from the salmon. Add fresh parsley and stir quickly. Add lemon juice and stir again, then remove from heat to prevent the sauce from burning.

Serve your browned butter sauce over the top of the cooked salmon, garnished with additional lemon slices and/or fresh herbs. 

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Friday 15th of May 2020

I've never heard of this type of salmon preparation, but it sounds delicious. I have an order of frozen seafood coming in tomorrow, so I'm excited to give this one a try! Thanks for the share.

Arpita Patel

Thursday 7th of May 2020

I just finished this dish 10 minutes ago served with the roasted brussel(s) sprouts recipe from this site and a salad of lettuce/walnuts/apples/blueberries with a balsamic vinaigrette. I followed the directions almost precisely. Based on other reviewer recommendations, I sprinkled the fillets with dill, garlic, and lemon juice before I coated the fish in olive oil. I also added the capers last. One of the best meals I have had ever. Thank you so much!

Michelle Goth

Thursday 7th of May 2020

Arpita, thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I agree that dill and capers would be excellent additions!

Jessica Formicola

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

We had this salmon for dinner last night and my whole family loved it! Thanks so much for sharing!

Michelle Goth

Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Jessica! :)

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