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Creamy Garlic Tuscan Salmon With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

by Christina Cherrier – Updated May 4, 2021
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Creamy Garlic Tuscan Salmon With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
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Creamy Garlic Tuscan Salmon With Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Smothered in a luscious garlic butter spinach and sun-dried tomato cream sauce, you won’t believe how easy, fast and simple it is to cook salmon this way! These deliciously seasoned, Tuscan salmon filets are juicy and tender on the inside with perfectly crisp edges. You’ll never want a regular salmon recipe again after trying this one! This creamy salmon recipe is low-carb and Keto friendly – Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Creamy Garlic Tuscan Salmon Recipe

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Directions

1. To make the creamy garlic Tuscan salmon recipe: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon filets on both sides with salt and pepper, and sear in the hot pan, flesh-side down first, for 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking. Once salmon filets are cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.

2. In the same pan, melt the butter in the remaining cooking juices leftover. Add in the garlic and fry until fragrant (about one minute). Add onion and stir fry until translucent. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes so they release their flavors. Finally, pour in the vegetable broth, and allow the sauce to reduce down slightly. 

3. Reduce heat to low, add the heavy cream, and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally. Season the cream sauce with salt and pepper to your taste.

4. Add in the baby spinach and allow to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow cream sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts through. 

5. Add the grilled salmon filets back into the pan; sprinkle with the parsley, and spoon the sauce over each filet. Serve the creamy garlic Tuscan salmon over steamed veg or cauliflower rice for Keto dieters, or rice or pasta for non-Keto. Enjoy! ❤️

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Tips for the Tuscan salmon recipe

This Tuscan salmon recipe is so easy, quick to cook, ready in under 20 minutes or less! Crispy and flaky salmon is smothered in a luscious garlic butter spinach and sun-dried tomato cream sauce. The creamy garlic sauce is restaurant-quality and keeps the salmon fillets tender and moist on the inside.

  • The key to obtaining a perfectly creamy sauce is to gently simmer the sauce to avoid separating and curdling
  • For more flavor, you can add a dash of white wine instead of using only vegetable broth.
  • Feel free to substitute vegetable broth with chicken broth or water.
  • If you don’t have salmon available, substitute salmon for trout, cod, or even tilapia.

How to pan sear Salmon?

  • Use either skin-on or skinless salmon fillets. We like skin-on fillets because it guarantees the second round of searing won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • To allow the salmon 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 fillets just 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 in. Sear your salmon fillets flesh-side down first (skin-side up) until nicely golden and crispy for 3-4 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of your salmon fillet. If the fillets are extra-thick, cook a little longer, reducing the heat to medium or medium-low, so you don’t burn the outside while the inside is still undercooked.

Sides to serve with the Tuscan Salmon

  • This pan-seared salmon recipe is super easy and goes with lots of possibilities when it comes to choosing a side dish. Some of the best options for this salmon recipe are:
  • Steamed/roasted veggies are a low carb favorite ( zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, asparagus, broccoli, etc…)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • White or brown rice
  • Pasta

How to Store the Cooked Tuscan Salmon

This creamy garlic Tuscan salmon will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Store the leftover Tuscan Salmon in an airtight container. You can also freeze the Tuscan Salmon in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

What other readers say about this Tuscan Salmon Recipe

“Oh I made this creamy salmon recipe tonight for dinner, added broccoli and baby potatoes… it was delicious!!” – Jayne

“We loved this Tuscan salmon recipe. There is so much extra sauce that it was perfect to add some elbow pasta to it. My daughter could not stop raving about it. Pretty easy as well!” – Jennifer

“Put the salmon over quinoa and family loved it! Even the local picky 6 years old ate it!” – Jacqueline

“I made this Tuscan salmon last night for my wife when she got out of work and it was great” – William

“My husband and I love this recipe. Many variations with veggies would work. I didn’t have half and half so I used powdered milk, water, and sour cream. The salmon was delicious. Of course, don’t leave out the linguini noodles !!” – Cynthia

“This was delicious! And easy! The only changes that I made were to use chicken broth, frozen spinach, and minced dried garlic. This salmon recipe is good enough to serve to company. I served it over riced cauliflower and it was perfect!” – Kim

Is salmon healthy?

Salmon is a real superfood: It contains omega 3 fatty acids, best known for its heart health benefits. Eating salmon or other fatty fish such as trout, mackerel, and herring helps protect your heart!

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  • Jordan

    2021-05-02 02:43:36

    Just made this last night, AMAZING!!!! HUGE HIT!!!

  • Jessalyn

    2021-04-27 19:53:06

    This recipe was AMAZING. I didn’t have any sun dried tomatoes so I just did the recipe as normal but added in some spaghetti/ tomato sauce. I savoured every bite. I also added in some broccoli in the same step as the onion and vegetable stock. So good. Will definitely make this recipe again.

  • Lauren

    2021-04-24 14:05:31

    Made this recipe tonight for a family of 4, instead of pan frying the salmon, I oven baked it instead as I made 6 fillets. I followed this recipe for the sauce to the T, tasted at every added ingredient and honestly the final sauce is absolutely to die for. I cooked the garlic in extra virgin olive oil (without adding butter) but the same ingredients and amounts throughout. There was plenty of sauce and it was super filling aswell, I served with cauliflower rice for myself and chips for the family as I am following the keto diet. This will definitely keep me full until tomorrow. Highly highly recommended! Thank you for this recipe!x

  • Esperanza Mañas

    2021-04-19 16:54:54

    I would use less heavy cream, white wine instead of vegetable broth and omit the parmesan. Can’t wait to try it.

  • K

    2021-04-08 15:46:08

    This recipe was a knock-out and so delish! I used fresh grape tomatoes in place of sundried and used half and half instead of the heavy cream. So, so, so good!

  • Jo-Ann

    2021-03-30 18:08:59

    This is one of my favourite go to recipes. I highly recommend it.

  • Misti

    2021-03-16 16:56:41

    I love this recipe. It is absolutely delicious and is something my entire family will eat. The first time I made it, my husband called it a “home run.” I make it at least once a month now because it’s pretty easy and it’s something I feel good about feeding toy family.

  • A-Mitch

    2021-03-10 14:21:56

    I liked this recipe a lot - the sauce does the salmon so much justice! I served it with pasta last night, but next time I think I'll use buttered rice.

  • Janet

    2021-03-09 23:14:46

    Delicious!! I switched it up a little bit to make it even healthier by omitting the butter and only using olive oil and instead of a cream sauce I did a white wine reduction. I had some fresh mushrooms so I toss those in with the onions and garlic. I had a frozen salmon fillet and some fresh spinach so this was just the perfect recipe I was looking for and I will definitely make it again.

  • Joelle

    2021-03-03 06:38:49

    Wow! delicious...even my kids enjoyed it! I substituted chicken for my husband :)And I doubled the sauce part of the recipe so I would have leftovers. Great recipe

  • Rafael

    2021-03-02 15:34:18

    Amazing flavors have been cooking gourmet for about 31 years and this is one of the best salmon recipe

  • Joan

    2021-03-02 03:53:42

    This recipe is delicious! Super yummy!! I saved the sauce to mix with pasta and will serve large shrimps with it. That's for tomorrow. :)

  • Roberta

    2021-02-27 15:09:49

    This recipe was so delicious. Hubby and I both loved how different it is from most of my other recipes. I used a splash of white wine and increased my broth as some had cooked away, otherwise I stuck to the recipe. Will definitely make again.

  • LP

    2021-02-21 20:34:16

    My husband AND children 18 and 16 all agree this is the best meal I have ever made! We used very fresh salmon and it was amazing! I doubled the recipe because we have a family of 6 and I needed to save some for the others when they get home. Delicious!! The sun dried tomatoes bring out so much flavor.

  • leslie

    2021-02-21 17:46:40

    what non dairy alternative can be used for the cream?

  • leslie

    2021-02-21 12:33:30

    how would this recipe taste if I subbed canned coconut milk for heavy cream?

  • Marcella

    2021-02-20 20:55:53

    Wow! Made this recipe for the first time today. It is absolutely delicious!!! Was also my first time cooking with sundried tomatoes. They add so much flavor. Love it. ❤️

  • Kathleen

    2021-02-19 18:26:28

    This is delicious! We've made it twice now and will again. Soooo good!

  • Peggy

    2021-02-15 22:41:15

    This recipe was delicious!! My husband said it was one of the best meals he's ever had. I used 4 sockeye salmon fillets which worked well with the amount of sauce in the recipe. I used regular cream instead of heavy cream which worked out well also and I would recommend cutting up the sun dried tomatoes before cooking them. Great recipe!!

  • Pamela

    2021-02-15 20:56:50

    fabulous!!

  • Rhonda

    2021-02-10 17:51:13

    I am so glad I found eatwell101!! This recipe is awesome. My husband raved about it too. I can't wait to try more recipes.

  • Celeste

    2021-02-09 23:28:02

    I’m going to make, but reduce several items to make it keto friendly. Like less tomato, onion, broth, spinach. Should be more keto friendly.

  • Stephane

    2021-02-09 20:45:57

    This was delicious the first time around. But the second time around, I added mushrooms and capers. Made it even better.

  • Matt

    2021-02-04 11:29:10

    This was amazing. When I was adding the meal to track it, it seems like the nutrition numbers are way off. To get that much protein, it seems like you would need 13oz or so of salmon per serving, and that alone would give you about 47g of fat. That’s before everything else is added in. I’m coming up with 115g of fat total per serving if you use enough salmon to get 90g protein per serving. Sorry for all the numbers, but I’m new to keto, and trying to make sure if my macros. Can someone explain where I could be messing up?

  • Diana

    2021-02-03 18:44:05

    This dish was amazing! I don’t like to cook salmon because I feel like it’s always very fishy tasting however there was nothing like that at all. The sauce is amazing and we were licking our dishes clean!

  • Cheryl

    2021-02-02 16:28:42

    I made this for dinner last night. Wow! Not only was it absolutely delicious but the presentation was so elegant that I ended up dimming the lights and setting the table with candles with soft music playing in the background. It was as though we were having a gourmet dinner at a fine restaurant. My husband absolutely loved it! This recipe is a keeper for sure!

  • Jingmeister

    2021-01-31 20:32:16

    This is absolutely delicious! And easy to make. I used chicken broth in place of veggie broth, and used half n half. I put in twice as much chicken broth, half of the half-n-half, and a lot of spinach, the sauce is just devine, goes very well with salmon over rice. 5 stars

  • Mary

    2021-01-29 22:32:08

    This was amazing. The left over sauce I’m freezing to use in a future dish.

  • Stephane

    2021-01-26 11:23:16

    This was delicious! I added soft shell crab to top it off. Next time, I plan to add mushrooms and capers.

  • Ifonlyihadtime

    2021-01-24 19:59:06

    Delicious! I added a tad bit of cayenne and it was amazing!

  • Kristi

    2021-01-24 19:26:10

    This was delicious and very easy to make. Tasted like something I had at a nice restaurant. I made with cauliflower fried rice. 5 stars.

  • Kristy

    2021-01-19 23:35:07

    I was quite pleased with my final product. I poured my sauce over some penne pasta with salmon on top and served it with cheesy garlic toast.

  • Elayne

    2021-01-18 21:49:29

    Made this tonight after an afternoon drive. Fast, easy, and most important full of flavor. Had no dried tomatoes so I used roasted peppers in oil - just dried them well before cutting them up and adding to the pan. Served over broad noodles. No leftovers from this dish. BEST SALMON RECIPE EVER.

  • Suzanne

    2021-01-17 19:59:17

    This recipe is FABULOUS! I am a very tenured cook, and this is- by far- the best salmon recipe I’ve ever made. My 17 year old daughter actually asked to learn how to “make this recipe so she knows how to make a recipe like this.” I can’t underscore how big a statement this is from my non-cooking child! The rest of the family said restaurant-quality (like the other reviews) so you know it’s true. Served with a melange of roasted veggies and a quinoa-lentil bed. Yum!!!!!! Plenty of sauce. Perfect! Thank you for this one!!! My only change was deglazing with a bit of dry vermouth before the stock and using prepared, jarred garlic.

  • Dawn Dumeny

    2021-01-16 19:10:48

    It was amazing!!!!

  • Kaz

    2021-01-14 23:44:51

    This is a very yummy recipe, café quality for sure... easy to modify to suit your taste and works beautifully with salmon and other fish, as well as with fresh chicken tenderloins.

  • Kim Frank

    2021-01-10 13:55:46

    This is such an amazing recipe! I have made it several times, and it always turns out delicious. Sometimes I swap out the sun-dried tomatoes for roasted red peppers, but it's delicious either way. It's a restaurant-quality entree!

  • ahrimamj@gmail.com

    2021-01-10 03:19:20

    Delicious

  • Sharae

    2020-12-27 20:45:13

    I added half a cup of Fresh shredded Romano cheese in addition to the Parmesan cheese and it made the sauce so thick and creamy!! There was so much sauce I added a package of gluten free linguine and tossed everything together and it made such a difference! I’ll never look at Olive Garden the same way again, if you haven’t tried this recipe, you are truly missing out. You’ll never go back, I promise!

  • Jemima

    2020-12-25 13:27:07

    Loved it ! This receipt was easy and tasty! I added a few extra seasoning to give sauce more flavor but I enjoyed making it and eating it 🤤

  • Laurence

    2020-12-19 05:01:35

    Wow, made this last night. It was amazing. So simple to do and incredibly tasty. I'm on a very low carb (not keto) diet to reduce my blood sugar count so I served this with steamed broccoli and baby carrots.

  • Tina

    2020-12-13 19:03:54

    This was SO good!! And super simple! I left a little of the oil from the tomatoes, and really let the chicken broth cook down. I ended up with a sauce so thick I wasn’t sure it was going to work out! But then the spinach wilted and it was PERFECT! I will will DEFINITELY make this again!

  • Sylvie Clemente

    2020-12-11 20:03:09

    Can I use you yogurt instead of cream?

  • Robyn

    2020-12-07 17:14:38

    Totally awesome, like totally awesome recipe I cooked it for my spouse Nora and she is sold. I added a sardine sauce to up the flavour it complimented the tomato aspic for dessert.

  • Jada

    2020-12-03 16:15:35

    DELICIOUS! Tastes like restaurant quality

  • christine

    2020-12-01 15:38:46

    Well...I cheated on the sauce...I actually used "jarred garlic Alfredo, put minced garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and a "splash of white wine, tad of real butter...Simmered about 15 minutes before adding "FRESH baby spinach....Once ready I poured over the salon fillet, and used "extra to pour on top of rice(of choice) that I cooked with sliced green onions(whole green onion! Too die for! My veggie of choice was baby fresh asparagus(which also was yummy with the sauce or just REAL butter and minced garlic as a side.There are "so many good "jarred Alfredo sauces on the shelves that make fish or chicken breast fancy dinners easy! "Depending on "what you are making, just adding a "pinch or real butter, or a little "cream cheese /parmesian too) to these "jarred sauces will "Put them OVER the top in texture and flavor boost!

  • Laura Thomson

    2020-11-30 19:54:54

    So so so good and so so so easy! Yum yummmmm

  • Lea

    2020-11-25 18:27:08

    Great recipe. To make it thicker, just add more cheese. I altered it a little and it turned out great. Can wait to try this sauce with a pasta.

  • Belinda

    2020-11-20 06:39:13

    I made this for lunch, substituting 2T of Tomato paste for the sun-dried and served it over fresh tagliatelle pasta. It was delicious! I also used crème fraîche instead of liquid cream and a Knoor vegetable bouillon "blob" instead of the liquid stock which meant I didn't need to reduce the sauce and it was lovely, thick and creamy. I'll definitely make this again with the sun-dried tomatoes!

  • Ashley

    2020-11-19 12:13:00

    I made this last night for my boyfriend and I and we loved it. It definitely didn't look as pretty but you know that happens. Anyway, I deliberately followed instructions but kept some of the sun-dried tomato oil in the jar to pour into the sauce just for more flavoring. In addition, I added Trader Joes' red wine vinegar at different points throughout. First when sauteeing the onions, then with the vegetable broth, then at the end as a final step before submerging the salmon. Also, this changed how I will cook my salmon. I've never done flesh down first and feel like it made a huge difference. I will cook again, but with some time in between as it isn't the best for my diet, ha. (p.s. heavy cream)

  • Jerry

    2020-11-16 21:32:18

    I didn't have Salmon so I use some Long Cod that we had in the freezer. Added basil to the sauce and was amazing. My wife who loves seafood says that she would choose it for her last meal.

  • Freddie

    2020-11-16 05:49:07

    Made this and it was absolutely delicious, had it with a creamy cheesy layered potatoes as the base and paired with a South Australian Shiraz, the flavours felt like a royal meal

  • Sheila Jackson

    2020-11-14 17:54:34

    The Best and Simple and Delicious recipe 👍🏾. Will make again, again, and again. This is definitely a KEEPER.

  • Laura Martinez

    2020-11-11 21:46:29

    I was looking for ideas to use some frozen salmon I bought. I added mushrooms and crushed red pepper. I add mushrooms to almost everything. I served it over cauliflower rice. Turned out so good! The flavors are amazing. This will now be my go to salmon recipe unless I am smoking it on the pit. I’ve got extra sauce so I may cook up the other two fillets for dinner tomorrow.

  • Candice

    2020-11-11 18:28:41

    I made this recipe tonight. It’s delicious but my one gripe is the sauce is a little more watery than I would like. Any way to make it thicker?

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