Creamy Lemon Bars with Browned Butter Raspberries.
Keeping things super quick and very delicious with this Garlic Butter Creamed Spinach Salmon. This one skillet salmon is for those nights when you’re craving something fancy…ish, but need to keep things quick and easy too. It’s all made in one skillet with heart healthy salmon, shallots, garlic, a touch of creamy coconut milk, parmesan cheese, plenty of fresh baby spinach, and spring herbs. Not only is this salmon easy and delicious, but it feels fancy too. Best part? It comes together in less than 30 minutes.
There are some days that I head into the kitchen and I really do not have a clue what I’m going to cook. To be honest, I don’t love to be overly planned out when it comes to the recipes I share. I’ve learned that when I spend a day or two plotting out new recipes, and putting the concepts on my list of recipes to test, that when the time comes to actually make the recipe, I find that I’ve already changed my mind.
What I’ve found most productive is to start each week fresh and only plot recipe concepts every 2-3 days. Any more lead time and I will end up changing my mind and move on from the concept. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but if something is not exciting me in the moment, I’m not going to create it. Of course, there are some ideas that are just always exciting, and will always make the cut. But then there are also some that just aren’t.
I leave the non-exciting ones behind, and run with the exciting ones…
Anyway, my point in this little behind the scenes peek into my recipe development process, is that I made this garlic butter salmon last week on a whim, and without much thought. It just sounded amazing, so I ran with it and had the recipe tested and ready for photographing in just a couple of hours.
For whatever reason, I was thinking about how much I used to love my mom’s homemade Chicken Florentine. She made it heavy on the butter, lemon, spinach, and parmesan. It’s one of those childhood comfort foods I will always love.
I thought about how delicious that Florentine sauce would be with pan seared, crispy salmon. Once the thought hit, I knew this would be one of the recipes I’d be testing out that day.
I was almost certain it would turn out to be a great recipe to share with you all. So I was very excited about it from the start. Clearly all went as planned, because here it is! And you guys…it’s just as good as it sounds, but better.
And so easy, which I think is always nice on a Monday.
This is another one of my one skillet recipes.
The salmon is pan seared until both sides are perfectly crisp. I love cooking salmon filets with the skin on, as it adds an incredible amount of flavor. Plus the skin is where a lot of the healthy oils are, so there are also additional health benefits. You can certainly use skin-off salmon as well, but I do recommend skin-on for best flavor!
Once you sear the salmon, it’s time to make the sauce. All you need is a pat of butter, shallots, garlic, coconut milk, parmesan, spinach, and herbs. Now, I know the coconut milk may sound odd, but you really don’t taste any coconut flavor. I like to use coconut milk for its creaminess. I find it to be incredibly delicious in cream sauces and prefer it over heavy cream. Bonus that it’s also much healthier!
Slowly cook the garlic until fragrant, then add the milk, spinach, and herbs. I also add plenty of lemon, since that was a key ingredient in my mom’s sauce.
Finish up with some fresh chives and done. It doesn’t even take 30 minutes, and it’s really just one of the most delicious ways you can cook up salmon on a weeknight. The sauce is a touch buttery, a little garlicy, very creamy, and made fresh with the squeeze of a lemon. It’s the perfect pairing to a pan seared, crispy filet of salmon.
Serve this with crusty bread for dipping, baby potatoes, roasted asparagus, a big salad, or maybe even a combo of them all! This makes for a great weeknight meal, but can easily be used as a main course for your next spring or summer dinner party.
And yes, it’s great for Easter too!
If you make this garlic-butter creamed spinach salmon, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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I NEVER comment on recipes but I absolutely feel the need to comment on this. It is the absolute best creamy salmon recipe. In fact it could be used for anything! I had an abundance of mushrooms and added that in the shallot step. The lemon Is KEY! What a flavour enhancement! Love love this!!!
Happy Wednesday!🌈 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner!
I made this recipe for dinner tonight and it is amazing! So easy to make and the flavours are chef’s kiss!
I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was delish! Have a great weekend! xT
Love this! So easy and fancy too!
Wonderful!!🍀 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for trying it out:)
My two favorite foods combined with all my favorite seasonings!!! This is truly exquisite just the way it is! Thanks so much!
Happy Sunday!!🍀 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it and sharing your comment! xT
Followed the recipe as written. Delicious! Served it over quinoa made with chicken broth and zest from the lemon in the recipe. Loved the flavor and the zestiness of the sauce. Will make again.
Fantastic!!🌺 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you and thanks so much for making it! xT
This dish was absolutely delicious! I had to make a couple of substitutions because I didn’t have some of the ingredients on hand. I didn’t have coconut milk so I sautéed the salmon in coconut oil and then used regular whole milk (instead of cream). I also substituted Penzey’s Fox Point seasoning as it contains shallots, garlic and chives. Thankfully, I had all the remaining ingredients, even some crusty bread to dip in the sauce. Magnificent!
Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and appreciate you giving it a try! Have a great weekend! 🏈
I love this recipe so much I make it weekly. Question, what am I doing wrong, sometimes I feel the cream cheese kind of separates, rather than creating a creamy, consistent sauce
Happy Wednesday!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear it was tasty! Try warming your cream cheese first, that should help! xx
I never comment on these kinds of things but have to for this one. This recipe is DELICIOUS. I was going to use coconut milk but then realized I didn’t have any – so in order to not feel so bad about using a whole cup of heavy cream, I did 1/2 cup of that and 1/2 cup of chicken stock. The sauce was still super creamy, delicious and flavorful. I also used frozen spinach and upped the garlic by a couple cloves (never enough garlic for me). This was absolutely divine and is going into our regular rotation for sure. Can’t wait to try it with coconut milk. Thank you!
Happy Wednesday!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe and sharing your comment, I love to hear that it turned out well for you! xx
Wow! I made this recipe tonight and it was easy, quick and sooooo delicious! My husband is a perfectionst and usually doesn’t like anything I make BUT, tonight he said, “This dinner is the best I’ve had in a very long time!”
Happy Sunday!!❄️ I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it out and sharing your feedback! xx
Can you make this with frozen spinach?
Totally, that will work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT