This salmon meuniere recipe is a classiqué take on the French staple.
Salmon can be prepared in many ways, but if you want a fancy meal done in minutes and with simple steps, make salmon meuniere. We’ll help you make moist fillets that come with a flour coating and are drenched in an extra fragrant sauce.
Plus, what will be also on your plate is well-seasoned, tender potatoes cooked in under 10 minutes. We’ll be using a microwave, and it’s a really impressive cooking tool most of us often neglect.
So, to get straight to the “how-to” section, click “jump to recipe” to get there in seconds. Or, if you’ve got spare minutes, learn more about:
- Why it’s called “Meuniere”;
- What is “Salmon Meuniere Botw”?
- Why our version is healthy;
- How to prepare it & tips;
- What to serve with it.
What Is “Meuniere”?
You have probably seen salmon Meuniere before— salmon fillets with a crisp flour coating and in a shiny sauce. “Meuniere” or “Meunière” means “a miller’s wife”, which explains the thin flour coating and how the dish got its name.
After coated in flour and fried, the fillet is served with Meuniere sauce, which is lightly browned butter, parsley, and lemon juice. The light coating and fragrant sauce preserves the flavors of salmon, which makes for a true high-end delicacy.
What Is “Salmon Meuniere Botw Recipe”?
You’ve also probably seen “Salmon Meuniere Botw recipe” popping up when searching for “Salmon Meuniere recipe”. As confused as you were, we digged around a little, and here’s what it means.
“BOTW” or “Zelda: Breath of The Wild”, a game where players explore the land of Hyrule, get strong, and fight evil. To get strong, players can collect equipment and concoct elixirs/cook dishes, one of which is “hearty salmon meuniere”.
Apparently, the health-restoring item requires one “Tabantha Wheat”, one “Goat Butter”, and one “Hearty Salmon”. They resemble what the real-life version calls for, and we think it’s educational for gamers, knowing about dishes and cooking.
As for why the phrase comes up on google search bar, we guess that it’s more popular than the original dish. Google’s algorithm favors what is searched more, and there are probably a lot more gamers than chefs wanting to cook salmon meuniere.
Anyways, we’re not going too deep into things we’re not pros in. Let’s get into what we are— the dish’s nutritional values.
Is Salmon Meuniere Healthy?
Salmon is the richest source of DHA— omega-3, a good fat that is rare to find in nature. By having a slice of salmon once in a while, you are doing the heart a great favor.
However, that’s not to say the dish itself is always healthy.
When it comes to dishes prepared with butter (salmon meuniere included), the amount of butter should be carefully monitored. Butter is more than 50% saturated fat in mass, and it’s alarming because saturated fat is bad for the heart.
Many salmon meuniere recipes online don’t hold back on the butter, but we do. Each serving of our recipe only yields 9 grams of saturated fat, 30-38.7% of what the USDA recommends daily.
If you fear that this compromises your experience with the dish, we guarantee that the sauce is really fragrant. After all, it is our motto making healthy food taste awesome.
Is Salmon High in Cholesterol?
Contrasted to popular belief, salmon does have cholesterol, and it’s only a bit less than chicken or beef. Yet, salmon is said to lower the bad cholesterol levels, so what’s the real story here?
It’s really simple: dietary cholesterol has nothing to do with high (bad) cholesterol levels, says Healthline experts. Our body produces cholesterol naturally, and if we consume a lot, it simply produces less cholesterol to make a balance.
So why do many of us have high cholesterol levels? Factors can vary from your activity level to what you consume; one of those is foods high in saturated fat.
This explains why we are encouraged to consume less red meat and more poultry or fish to meet our protein needs. Beef, a popular red meat, is high in saturated fat compared to, say, salmon and chicken:
|Food (per 100 grams)||Cholesterol||Saturated Fat|
|Sockeye salmon||51 mg||0.8 g|
|Beef, 85% lean||68 mg||5.7 g|
|Chicken breast, meat only||73 mg||0.5 g|
|Chicken thigh, meat only||94 mg||1.1 g|
|Chicken wing, meat only||57 mg||0.9 g|
To sum it up, salmon contains a moderate amount of cholesterol, and it is still good for heart health. It is not dietary cholesterol but saturated fat that you should consume in moderation.
How to Prepare Salmon Meuniere
First, we gave the fillets an even flour coating on all sides. Then, we heated neutral oil in a skillet (like canola), and fried both sides of the fillets until golden brown.
Some people choose to cook salmon in butter, since butter is the base of the sauce anyways. Butter has a low smoking point, so we didn’t want to take the risk of burning the sauce and used oil instead.
Next, we make the signature Meuniere sauce.
Sauce for Salmon Meuniere
In that skillet, we added butter and minced garlic and cooked over medium heat. We wanted to stir everything to incorporate excess flour with the melted butter to form a thick sauce.
As the sauce thickened, we added squeezed lemon juice and turned off the heat to preserve the freshness. Sprinkle scallion on top of the sauce and allow the residual heat to cook it.
How to Make Salmon Meuniere – The Summary
Here’s to sum up what you’ll need to do following our salmon meuniere recipe:
- Microwave the quartered potatoes;
- Cook the potatoes with butter and seasonings;
- Season the fillets and flour them;
- Fry the fillets;
- Add butter, garlic, lemon juice, and scallions to the fillets;
Tips for Making
It’s a simple recipe, to be frank, but we’ve got some tricks up our sleeves to work efficiently:
- When you flour, make sure to shake the fillets vigorously to get a really thin coating. We don’t want excess flour to burn in the pan and darkens the sauce.
- Right before you microwave the potatoes, turn on the stove and place on the skillet with oil. Then as you finish coating the fillets, the oil will be hot and ready to fry.
- Use a timer so you don’t need to supervise the pan.
What to Serve with Salmon Meuniere
We’ve got the proteins, good fats, and carbohydrates from the added potatoes, so it’s only natural to get some salad. We recommend a Greek salad and a drink:
Altogether, they make a complete meal with complementary components: savory, tangy, creamy, and sweet. You can go for other salads as well, as long as they’re refreshing.
How Long Does Salmon Meuniere Last?
Cooked fish lasts for a maximum of 4 days in the fridge, and 2 months in the freezer, says the USDA. To store leftovers, we encourage you to cover it with plastic wrap/ put it in an airtight container before refrigerating.
As it’s super quick to do, we recommend having freshly cooked salmon rather than heated leftovers. You can prep ingredients beforehand (make potato salads, cut up herbs, etc.) to save even more time whipping up the dish.
Salmon Meuniere Recipe
- 20 oz baby potatoes quartered and peeled
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter divided into 2
- 1/2 tsp salt divided in 2
- 1 tsp ground black pepper divided in 2
- 1 tbsp dill finely chopped
- 24 oz boneless salmon thawed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 2 tbsp scallion finely chopped
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- Place 20 oz potatoes in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 7 minutes.
- Carefully take the potatoes out and remove the plastic wrap (it’s hot). Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a skillet. Add the potatoes, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 tbsp dill. Stir well and cook for 8 minutes.
- Rub the salmon fillets with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Place 1/4 cup flour in a large dish. Use your hands to coat all sides of the fillets in flour. Shake to remove excess flour.
- Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the skillet and turn the heat to medium. When it’s hot (it sizzles when you drop in some flour), gently place the fillets into the skillet to cook. If you’re feeling like crowding the pan, do this in batches. They need 3 minutes on both sides (6 minutes in total).
- Add 2 tbsp of butter, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp garlic, 2 tbsp scallion, and stir to cook for 2 minutes.
- Serve: place one fillet on each serving dish, and divide the potatoes evenly across the dishes. Garnish with more dill, if desired.
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