This recipe is easier than it looks! Quick pan-seared salmon and this creamy garlic spinach is all made in one pan. Decadent and delicious, see the post for a dairy-free alternative
Pat your salmon filets dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with a little bit of kosher salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, until shimmering. Be careful that it doesn't smoke. You want your pan to be hot so the salmon doesn't stick to it and it gets nice and crispy. Add salmon, skin side down first and sear for 3 minutes, until brown and crispy. Flip and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes or more, depending on the thickness of your salmon.
Remove the salmon from your pan, cover, and set aside. If there's a lot of excess oil in the pan, I prefer to wipe it with a paper towel. Add your butter along with the garlic and shallot, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Then add vegetable broth, red pepper flakes, and cream, bringing everything to a low simmer. Stir consistently until the sauce thickens and reduces a little bit. Add your spinach and stir until lightly wilted - around 3-4 minutes. Season the spinach with salt and pepper to taste.
Place creamed spinach on the plate and top with crispy salmon (you can remove the skin if you'd like). Top with parsley.