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Tasty Italian Salmon Steaks

These Italian Salmon Steaks are a fish lovers dream, tasty, tender and quick and easy. Made with only a handful of ingredients and very little time, it makes the perfect family or even company coming dinner idea. Flavorful and delicious!

Salmon steaks in a pan and one on a plate with rice.


 

I was never a big fish or seafood lover until I came to Italy, a country surrounded by water has so much to offer in the way of fish and how it is prepared and served. I discovered that salmon was one of my favorites and when I make this salmon recipe I know why.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Salmon steaks
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Parsley – Italian parsley also known as flat leaf parsley
  • Black pepper – peppercorns
  • White wine – dry white wine
  • Salt – kosher salt
Recipe ingredients on a wooden board.

What white wine is best?

A dry white wine is usually best for cooking. Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay would make nice choices.

What is Kosher salt?

Because Kosher salt has coarser and wider grains than regular table salt it salts food in a different way. It intensifies the flavor of the food rather than making it saltier which table salt can do.

Salmon on a white plate with rice.

What is a salmon steak?

A salmon steak is thicker and has more meat on it than a salmon fillet, and it is usually bone in whereas a fillet is boneless. A steak is sliced crosswise from a whole salmon including the bone, whereas a fillet is cut away from the bone, lengthwise on the fish.

How to make Italian Salmon Steaks

In a large non stick frying pan or skillet add the olive oil and whole garlic, on medium heat cook for approximately 1 minute, be careful not to burn the oil or garlic.

Heating the oil and garlic in a skillet.

Add the salmon and cook 2-3 minutes on each side.

Cooking the salmon in the pan.

Sprinkle with ½ the minced parsley, ½ the peppercorns and add the white wine. Raise to medium-high heat and cook for 1-2 minutes, turn the steaks one more time and sprinkle with remaining parsley and black peppercorn.

The salmon steaks with parsley and pepper.

Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes spooning the sauce as the steaks cook. Taste for salt, depending on how salty the salmon is you may need to sprinkle wit a little salt.

Don’t overcook, the salmon is done with the internal temperature is 135-140F. Serve drizzled with lemon juice if desired.

What to side dish with salmon

When I serve salmon I like to serve it with a side of Parmesan Garlic Rice or wild rice, sauteed mushrooms, pan fried potatoes, grilled zucchini , roasted asparagus or even a simple lettuce salad.

How to choose the best salmon

The best salmon to choose is the King salmon also known as the Chinook it is large and full of Omega-3s, which is the good type of fat. Omega 3s may help lower the risk of heart disease, dementia, depression and also arthritis.

Unfortunately your body cannot produce them so you have to eat fish or take supplements. The flesh should have a bright orange-red tone with a nice marbling and of course no strange odors.

3 salmon steaks in a frying pan.

FAQs

How to tell when salmon is cooked

Salmon is cooked when the flesh flakes, it should separate easily along the white lines the run across the fillet, or the internal temperature reads 135-145F (57-62C).

What is the best wine to use for cooking

Whether the recipe calls for white or red wine I always like to use a nice dry wine that I would also drink. You can easily ruin a good dish with a lousy wine.

How to store leftovers

Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

So if you are looking for something a little less heavy or just plain fast, simple and delicious I hope you enjoy these Italian Salmon Steaks. Buon Appetito!

Salmon on a white plate with rice.

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3 salmon steaks in a frying pan.

Tasty Italian Salmon Steaks

Rosemary Molloy
These Italian Salmon Steaks are a fish lovers dream, tasty, tender and quick and easy. Made with only a handful of ingredients and very little time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 servings
Calories 345 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 salmon steaks (about ½ inch / 1 ¼ cm thick)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • ½-1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ cup white wine

Instructions
 

  • In a large non stick frying pan or add the olive oil and whole garlic, on medium heat cook for approximately 1 minute, be careful not to burn the oil or garlic. Add the salmon and cook 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Sprinkle with ½ the minced parsley, ½ the peppercorns and add the white wine. Raise the heat a little and cook for 1-2 minutes, turn the steaks one more time and sprinkle with remaining parsley and black peppercorn. Continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes spooning the sauce as the steaks cook.
  • Taste for salt, depending on how salty the salmon is you may need to sprinkle wit a little salt. Don't overcook, the salmon is done with the internal temperature is 135-140F. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

When I serve salmon I like to serve it with a side of Parmesan Garlic Rice or wild rice, sauteed mushrooms, pan fried potatoesgrilled zucchini , roasted asparagus or even a simple lettuce salad.
The best salmon to choose is the King salmon also known as the Chinook it is large and full of Omega-3s, which is the good type of fat. Omega 3s may help lower the risk of heart disease, dementia, depression and also arthritis.
Salmon is cooked when the flesh flakes, it should separate easily along the white lines the run across the fillet, or the internal temperature reads 135-145F (57-62C).
Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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Updated from December 18, 2014.

6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Those salmon steaks look amazing — I’ve been overdosing on rich holiday food so I’m totally craving light and healthy right now.

  2. YUM! I’ll have to try this soon. I’ve been a bad Satellite lately and haven’t had my salmon.

  3. I got on the scale this morning – YIKES!! Fish tonight was my first thought. I love fish and my hubby loves to ocean fish so we get lots of wild caught in the freezer. Tonight we are having Sea Trout Piccata which is simply delicious. I love salmon but here it is very expensive if it’s wild caught. Your way of grilling is great, isn’t it? I am definitely trying your recipe when we get salmon again.

    1. Hi Marisa, I know what you mean and Christmas isn’t even here yet! I love sea trout and yes salmon isn’t too pricey here. Have a great weekend.

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