Pan Seared Salmon with Puttanesca Sauce

Pan Seared Salmon with Puttanesca Sauce
Cook / Prep Time: 45 min

This sauce will impress and surprise your guests!  Puttanesca sauce, originally from Naples, is a sauce combined with black olives, capers, and anchovies.  I love this sauce so much i’ve modified the recipe into a pasta dish, and also cooking with Halibut. – Jen


Salmon (5-6oz) skin removed
1 Roma Tomato (small dice)
½ Small Red Onion (small dice)
2 cloves Garlic (chopped)
¼ cup sliced Black Olives
3 Tbsp Fresh Oregano (chopped)
¼ cup Roasted Red Pepper (chopped)
2 Tbsp Capers
1 Anchovy Filet (chopped) or 1 Tbsp Anchovy Paste
¼ cup Olive Oil


  • To make sauce, chop and prep all ingredients. Preheat a large sauté pan and add the olive oil. Saute the red onion, garlic and tomatoes first (2-3mins).
  • Next add the roasted peppers, olives, anchovy and capers. Season with salt and pepper. Keep in mind though that the capers and anchovy add salt already.
  • Saute all ingredients for another 2-3 mins then remove sauce from heat. Allow to cool slightly for 10 mins or so. Once it has cooled down, add the chopped oregano and mix well.
  • Preheat pan over medium high heat, and add a touch of olive oil. Season Salmon with salt and pepper and pan sear fish on the face side first (3-5 mins). Once you have achieved good color, flip fish over and cook on second side (6-7mins).
  • Reheat puttanesca sauce in a separate pan until warmed through. Place salmon on plate and spoon sauce over and around salmon.

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