Pan-fried salmon with watercress sauce

Pan-fried salmon with watercress sauce

Serve your summery fried salmon with a vibrant (and nutritious) watercress sauce, made all the more interesting with dill, lemon, crème fraîche and capers
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2
Calories 707 kcal


  • 90 g watercress
  • a handful dill
  • 100 g crème fraîche
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns ground
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sunflower oil
  • 2 salmon skin-on fillets
  • a knob unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp capers drained
  • boiled new potatoes to serve
  • steamed green veg (such as long-stemmed broccoli) to serve


  • Put the watercress, most of the dill, all the crème fraîche, lemon juice and zest, black pepper, olive oil and a pinch of salt into a blender and whizz until a saucy, pourable consistency – add a tbsp of water if seems too thick. Chill while you cook the salmon.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a mediumhigh heat. Coat the salmon fillets with a little sunflower oil and season generously. Put into the pan, skin-side down, for 2-3 minutes until the skin is golden and crisp. Carefully turn, then cook for 1-2 minutes before adding the butter and basting for another minute, adding the capers and removing from the heat to rest for a minute.
  • Put the salmon and capers onto two plates, spoon over the watercress sauce and serve with new potatoes and green veg, if you like.