Salmon Scallopini with Almond Orzo

salmon-orzo Leigh Beisch


  • Orzo
  • Butter
  • Sliced almonds
  • 1 (7-ounce) salmon fillet, cut into 1/4-inch-wide slices
  • Lemon juice
  • Drained capers


Cook 1/2 cup orzo according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brown 2 tablespoons almonds; set aside. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Sauté on both sides until done. Divide orzo and salmon between 2 plates. Add reserved liquid to skillet with 2 tablespoons juice and 1 tablespoon capers. Bring to a boil. Stir in 3 teaspoons butter and almonds. Spoon over plates.

  • Yield: Serves 2 (serving size: 1 cup orzo, 3 pieces salmon, 1 tablespoon almonds)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 369
Fat per serving: 17g
Saturated fat per serving: 7g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 7g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Protein per serving: 26g
Carbohydrate per serving: 24g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Cholesterol per serving: 71mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 543mg
Calcium per serving: 39mg

Good to Know

Almonds and salmon are a great source of healthy fats, and almonds help you feel fuller longer. Try using SmartBalance instead of butter to cut back on unhealthy saturated fat.