Tuscan Salmon is one of the tastiest salmon recipes you’ll try. You’ll love this juicy pan-seared salmon in a rich and creamy sun-dried tomato sauce. Every bite has so much flavor. Watch the video tutorial and learn how to make this easy 30-minute recipe.
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Creamy Tuscan Salmon
Our Tuscan Chicken recipe was such a hit a few years back that we started thinking about what else we can make Tuscan-style. The sun-dried tomato and spinach cream sauce is a wonderful base for a variety of proteins. Salmon was a perfect match! Here’s why you’ll love this recipe:
- Easy – this has a quick and simple ingredient prep time and it comes together fast on the stove.
- 30-Minute recipe – salmon cooks pretty quickly when it’s pan-seared and you’ll have a restaurant-quality dish on the table fast. P.S. Have you explored our 30-minute meals category?
- Flavor-packed – the ingredients here are simple but really pop from the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic-butter-infused sauce. Salmon has a lot of naturally rich flavor, but the sauce really elevates this dish and every bite is delicious.
Tuscan Salmon Video
Watch Natasha make this Creamy Tuscan Salmon. You will be surprised at how simple it is to create a memorable salmon dinner. We will never stop loving this mouthwatering salmon recipe. Now go forth and cook!
I recommend having all of the ingredients chopped, measured, and ready to go before you fire up the stove because the cooking goes fast. Here’s what you will need to make Tuscan Salmon with Spinach:
- Salmon filets – use boneless salmon filets (either skin-on or skinless salmon will work, but skin-on will take longer to cook). If you have skin on salmon and prefer skinless, we found it’s much easier to remove the skin once the salmon fillets are cooked – it will peel off quickly and easily.
- Seasoning – we use a handful of pantry staples – salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Oil and Butter– combining the two adds flavor and the oil helps keep the butter from burning.
- Sun-dried tomatoes – we buy them in a glass jar packed with oil. Drail the oil and chop them into strips.
- Chives – you can chop up chives or green onion and save some for garnish.
- Garlic – this adds tons of fresh garlic flavor to the sauce. Mince up 3 garlic cloves which will yield about 1 Tbsp of garlic.
- Cream – Use either heavy cream or regular whipping cream. I wouldn’t use half and half as it doesn’t incorporate the parmesan well and won’t be as creamy.
- Parmesan Cheese – use freshly shredded or grated parmesan cheese. It adds saltiness to this sauce so be careful adding extra salt.
- Spinach – fresh baby spinach leaves work best here. Two cups seem like a ton of spinach at first but it shrinks down quite a bit.
Pro Tip: Finding bones while eating salmon is not a fun surprise. Before you start cooking, check for any stray bones. Run your fingertips over the top of the salmon flesh to feel for any poky ends of bones and remove them using kitchen tweezers.
How to Make Tuscan Salmon
- Season Salmon – season the salmon filets on both sides with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- Sautee Salmon – in a large non-reactive skillet, melt butter and oil over medium heat then sautee the salmon for 3-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
- Rest Salmon – transfer salmon to a platter and tent it with foil to keep it warm while you make the sauce.
- Start the Sauce – in the same skillet, add sundried tomatoes, green onion, and garlic and stir constantly for 1 minute until fragrant.
- Make the Creamy Sauce – Stir in the cream and parmesan. Bring it to a simmer then continue cooking for another minute to thicken the sauce.
- Add spinach – sprinkle on the spinach and stir for another 30 seconds until wilted. Taste the sauce and season as needed then remove from the heat.
- Add salmon back to the pan and spoon the sauce over the individual salmon filets then serve garnished with chives if desired.
Pro Tip: The cook time of salmon can vary depending on several factors: (1) thickness of the filets, (2) wild-caught versus farm-raised since wild-caught will be leaner and cooks faster, (3) temperature of the skillet. I highly recommend using an instant-read thermometer. When salmon is done, the internal temperature at the thickest part of the filet will register 145˚F.
We love to serve this as a main course paired with a starchy side and fresh salad. If you’re putting together a Tuscany Salmon menu, try these pairings:
This Tuscan Style Salmon is so simple and flavorful. Best of all, everyone in my family loved it! I hope it becomes a new favorite in your home as well. I’d love to know what you thought of this recipe in the comments.
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Tuscan Salmon Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Tuscan salmon in a sun-dried tomato and garlic cream sauce tastes like fine dining, but it’s really easy to make. The salmon is pan-seared producing crisp edges that seal in a tender, flaky and juicy center. Every bite has so much flavor! Pair this versatile salmon with mashed potatoes, white rice, pasta, quinoa or spaghetti squash – there are so many options!
Creamy Tuscan Salmon, Tuscan Salmon
Cost to Make:
Servings: 4 people
boneless, skinless salmon filet, cut into 4 even slices
fine sea salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground black pepper
sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
green onion, green parts, chopped
garlic cloves, minced
heavy whipping cream
parmesan cheese, finely shredded
fresh baby spinach leaves
Season salmon fillets with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
In a large nonreactive skillet over medium heat melt in oil and butter. Once the butter is done foaming, add the salmon fillets, skin side up and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked through to a safe internal temperature of 145°F on an instant-read thermometer at the thickest part of the salmon. Transfer the salmon to a platter and tent with foil to rest and keep warm.
In the same pan over medium heat, add more oil only if needed then add your sun-dried tomatoes, green onion and minced garlic. Sauté another one minute or until the garlic is fragrant, stirring constantly.
Stir in the cream and sprinkle Parmesan over the top bring to a light boil, stirring frequently then reduce the heat and simmer for one minute until the sauce is slightly thickened.
Add spinach and stir for 30 seconds or just until wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the salmon back to the pan and spoon warm sauce over it then garnish with chives if desired and serve.
Tuscan Salmon Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Vitamin A 2667IU53%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.