Tuscan Garlic Salmon Skillet with Spinach and Tomato

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Tuscan Garlic Salmon Skillet with Spinach and Tomato
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Tuscan Garlic Salmon – A restaurant-quality pan-seared salmon recipe in a delicious garlic butter sauce with spinach, tomatoes and basil! This easy and healthy salmon recipe takes just a few minutes of prep and makes a perfect weeknight meal in 20 minutes or less. The garlic butter sauce is to die for, you’ll want to soak a whole French baguette in it! Paleo, low-carb and keto-friendly – Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Tuscan Garlic Butter Salmon

  • 1lb. (450g) salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 oz fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (60ml) vegetable or chicken stock (or dry white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons high-quality olive oil, optional

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1. To make the Tuscan garlic salmon skillet: Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet, on medium-low heat. Add the salmon fillets, red pepper flakes, paprika, Italian seasoning, and salt in the skillet and cook salmon on medium heat on both sides, until salmon is cooked through – about 5 minutes. Remove salmon fillets from the skillet and set them aside on a plate.

2. In the same skillet over medium heat, add tablespoon olive oil or melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add garlic and chopped onion and cook gently until fragrant and translucent. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped fresh basil leaves, fresh spinach, and vegetable or chicken stock (or white wine). Cook on medium heat for about 3 – 5 minutes until spinach wilts just a little and tomatoes release some of their juice. Adjust seasoning, if needed.

3. Add cooked salmon back to the skillet to reheat quickly. Drizzle with good quality olive oil just before serving, for extra taste. Serve the Tuscan garlic salmon immediately, enjoy!

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How to cook salmon in the pan

  • 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. But if you prefer salmon without the skin, no problem!
  • 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 when you first flip the fillets.
  • Make sure your pan is nice and hot before adding your salmon fillets in. Sear your salmon fillets flesh-side down first (skin-side up) until nicely golden and crispy for 3-4 minutes on 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.

What to serve with the Tuscan salmon fillets?

This pan-seared Tuscan salmon recipe is super easy and goes with lots of possibilities when it comes to choosing a side dish. We like to serve this salmon with steamed/roasted veggies ( zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, asparagus, broccoli, etc…), white or brown rice, and of course, pasta.

How and how long to keep the Tuscan salmon leftovers?

You can keep the garlic Tuscan salmon leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator.

What other readers say about this Tuscan Garlic Salmon Skillet recipe

“This is great! Seems so simple and basic, but the flavors work together wonderfully. I did not add any butter and it was perfect. Maybe next time I will use half oil half butter because of the flavor. I did simmer the tomatoes longer (cca 10, 15 min) so the sauce was thicker and then added the spinach. Lovely!” – Mary

“Great recipe, will make it again” – Ronnella

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  • I tried this recipe today and it turned out very delicious.

    2024-03-08 13:38:12

    Very easy recipe

    Tuscan Garlic Salmon Skillet with Spinach and Tomato
  • Emily

    2023-11-10 21:59:37

    I did not have the red pepper flakes, nor basil and I used wine rather than stock. My husband asked me if if was his birthday, (it was not) this was such a treat! Yum!

  • Polly

    2023-10-25 16:20:06

    I have made this several times now. Easy and SO delicious. I changed nothing.

  • Jane

    2023-10-22 01:35:46


  • Carole Archibald

    2023-07-04 14:26:02

    Lovely tasty recipe, will definitely make it again. I too, cooked the tomatoes for a bit longer and also added some chopped mushrooms Thank you

  • Paula

    2023-03-09 14:25:50

    My husband is not a big Salmon fan, but he really liked this recipe, and I LOVED it!

  • Shanna

    2023-01-26 14:43:13

    Great flavors! I added mushrooms too and put it over a bed of cilantro jasmine rice

    Tuscan Garlic Salmon Skillet with Spinach and Tomato
  • Kristen

    2022-12-15 18:08:33

    I had to omit much of the oil and butter since I am counting macros and could not afford the calories and fats. :( However, overall good and healthy week night recipe. I would make again.

  • Bonnie

    2022-08-06 22:04:00

    Totally awesome. Easy to make too!

  • Billie

    2022-06-14 15:44:10

    I love this dish. My husband does not like the taste of salmon but when I make this he thinks it’s delicious. I add a can of white beans to mine to make it a bit more hearty.

  • Bridget

    2022-05-15 19:42:21

    It was delicious...Thanks for sharing...base ingredients can be used for other fish dishes...I made small adjustments but still very good...

  • Winona

    2022-02-06 19:39:07

    WOW! Simply amazing. I am not a salmon fan so I used cod and it was fantastic! My husband loved it as well! Simple ingredients to elevate the cod to the next level.

  • Tracy Butler

    2021-11-08 18:16:10

    This recipe was amazing. I did change it up a bit. I added a can of rotel instead of Roma tomatoes & added in a small amount of whipping cream & shredded mozzarella & Parmesan at the end to make a creamy dish. Thank you for an amazing recipe.

  • Jeannie

    2021-09-22 17:43:37

    My husband and I just moved to the area of Maine called The Down East. Fresh fish is now happily the main component of our diet. I followed this recipe as was written. I added black olives and mushrooms. We were blown away by the flavor. The salmon was crisp but flakey and the vegetables were incredibly flavorful. Thank you for sharing this fantastic recipe.

  • Shawn

    2021-06-25 01:00:42

    My husband and I don’t care for salmon so I made this using swordfish. It was SO GOOD! I used white wine (duh) and halved cherry tomatoes. Next time I’ll make more sauce because it’s just so good.

  • MonB

    2021-05-27 17:22:03

    I like that broth is an option for non wine drinkers.

  • Ginger Johnson

    2021-05-21 09:24:06

    I will be making this again. It’s simple, healthy & delicious!

  • Tobie

    2021-05-18 18:31:39

    I made the recipe but my sauce looked NOTHING like the sauce in the pic.

  • Rita

    2021-05-18 00:06:41

    Love this recipe, my 93 year old mother loved it too! Simple but so tasty!

  • Mary

    2021-05-08 14:35:12

    This is so simple but so delicious! I would never have thought about pairing salmon with tomatoes.

  • Sunita

    2021-04-26 23:47:31

    Loved it...made it without basil(I did not have any) but followed the recipe.. and it turned great. So delicious!!!!

  • Sharon W

    2021-04-26 15:11:44

    This recipe was amazing! I believe it’s the tastiest salmon dish that I have made so far. I am trying this recipe today with chicken breast .

  • Lori

    2021-03-06 09:13:56

    Do you out the spices directly in the pan with the salmon or sprinkled on the salmon? If you put the directly in the pan won’t they burn?

  • Cheryl

    2020-11-11 20:20:44

    Excellent. Added mushrooms. Only used olive oil.

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