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Easy One-Skillet Creamy Tuscan Salmon

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A visit to Tuscany is a foodie’s dream come true. But with this simple 25-minute recipe, you can experience the delectable flavors of this famous Italian region right in the comfort of your own home. Our easy skillet recipe not only cooks quickly right in one pan, but it features a creamy vege-licious sauce for salmon that we know you’re going to love. Crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy this simple yet elevated Tuscan Salmon recipe tonight.

Overhead view of creamy tuscan salmon with artichokes in a cast iron skillet.

Easy Dinner & The best sauce for salmon

Perfect skillet-cooked salmon nestles into a bed of creamy sun-dried tomato sauce enriched with spinach, artichokes, garlic, shallot, and paprika. You’ll find all the Italian flavors you love in this healthy salmon dinner that is just as perfect for date-night-in as it is for a quick weeknight meal. You can get this Tuscan Salmon Recipe on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Ingredients to make creamy tuscan Salmon

Here are the fresh ingredients to gather. In addition to these, you’ll need nonstick cooking spray:

  • Salmon fillets – select skin-on salmon fillets that are 4-5 ounces each
  • Olive oil – you’ll use 2 teaspoons of olive oil to cook the salmon and another 1 teaspoon of olive oil for the sauce for salmon; you can also use avocado oil
  • Shallot – you can also use 1/4 cup of finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • Artichoke hearts – use one can of artichoke heart quarters, drained and cut in half
  • Sun-dried tomatoes – grab a jar or can of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil; if you can’t find sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, you can use some that are not packed in oil (i.e. dry), slice them and then soak them in boiling water for 10 minutes to soften, then drain before using
  • Garlic – you’ll need 4 cloves or about 1 1/2 tablespoons of minced garlic; you can also use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Fresh spinach – pick up one 5-ounce bag of fresh baby spinach leaves
  • Half and half – for dairy-free, you can substitute plain, unsweetened liquid non-dairy creamer 
  • Paprika
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fine salt and black pepper
Overhead view of all ingredients for Skillet Creamy Tuscan Salmon arranged together in small bowls and one plate.


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how to make creamy tuscan salmon

This salmon recipe cooks entirely in one skillet and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes. Here are the quick steps to make it tonight:

  1. Prep the salmon: Pat the salmon dry with paper towels, then season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the salmon: Cook the salmon in a large skillet that has been misted with non-stick cooking spray and has 2 teaspoons of heated olive oil. Place the salmon fillets in the skillet with the skin-side up. Cook, undisturbed, for 4 minutes. Then, use a spatula to carefully flip each fillet. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove salmon to a clean plate and set aside. 
  3. Make the sauce for salmon: To the same skillet, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, reduce heat to medium and swirl the pan to coat. Add shallot and cook until they start to soften, stirring frequently. Add the artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and garlic. Continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach to the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the spinach starts to wilt. Stir in the half and half and paprika. Allow mixture to come to a gentle simmer. Season with salt and pepper and stir. 
  4. Return salmon to skillet: Add salmon fillets back to the skillet and remove skillet from heat. Sprinkle with basil and red pepper flakes. Serve with lemon wedges. 

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