Tuscan Salmon In Cream Sauce (with Spinach & Tomatoes)

This "brain food" is about the most perfect recipe I've ever made. I was giddy after making it just because it looked and tasted absolutely perfect!
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This Tuscan salmon recipe has incredible rich flavor and is high-quality protein. Salmon has many healthy benefits including full of vitamins and minerals (potassium, selenium and vitamin B12). Plus, the amount of omega-3 fatty acids it has gives salmon its ‘brain food’ reputation.

How to cook salmon?

  • Use either skin-on or skinless salmon fillets. I like skin-on fillets because it helps add flavor and retain moisture plus it helps to keep the salmon together while searing.
  • To allow the salmon skin and flesh to crisp up evenly while cooking, bring the salmon fillets at room temperature and pat dry with paper towels. This also helps to prevent sticking in the pan.
  • Season salmon before cooking to avoid drawing out the moisture and end up with dry salmon. 
  • Make sure your pan is nice and hot before adding your fillets into the pan.








What wine goes well with Salmon?

It is always recommended to have a WHITE wine with any type of fish, but of course there are plenty of red wines that tasted light and sweet enough to go elegantly with this dish.

For this Tuscan salmon dish, I suggest a light, sweet white wine.

Some excellent white wines that are complimentary choices are:

  • light Chardonnay
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling (sweeter option)
  • Sparkling Moscato (sweeter option)


Wine Pairings with Salmon:


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Difficulty: Intermediate Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 30 mins


Cooking Instructions

  1. Add the oil into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. 
  2. While the oil is heating, pat the filets dry with a paper towel and season them on both sides with salt and pepper.

  3. When oil is heated, add filets to hot pan skin side down and sear in the hot pan. Some variations say flesh-side down first, but I don't think it matters. Sear for 5 minutes on each side, until filets are a solid color (or until cooked to your liking). Once cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.

  4. Using the same pan, add your butter, garlic and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are softened (usually translucent).

  5. Add in tomatoes and allow to cook until softened. Fresh cherry tomatoes will begin to open up or pop open. You can also push down on them with a spatula to open them and cook quicker.

  6. Once tomatoes are gently softened and opened, add in the half and half cream and spinach. The spinach will reduce drastically once it starts to heat and is stirred. You can always add more if you prefer. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

  7. Add back in salmon and let it all heat up together for another few minutes before serving.

    *Serve with rice and/or a green vegetable.

    *Serve over cauliflower rice for Keto or no-carb option

    *Serve with a white white


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Keywords: salmon,cream sauce,tuscan,spinach,tomatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I cook the skin side or flesh side down first?

I found cooking the skin side down first had the best results even when it was my first time making this. I did some research and while a lot of recipes say flesh side down first, the first results on Google say that the best way to cook skinned salmon is the skin side down first.

What do I serve as a side with Tuscan salmon?

This is really a preference, but I find the best pairings are to serve with white rice, cauliflower rice, asparagus, broccoli or green beans.

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