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This pan-seared salmon with creamy garlic spinach cooks in one pan and is decadent, yet easy to make. #glutenfree #salmon #easydinner #easyrecipes
Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Garlic Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
17 mins
Total Time
27 mins

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

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Garlic Spinach, Creamy Sauce for Salmon, Crispy Salmon, Gluten Free, Pan Seared Salmon
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 426 kcal
Author: The Dizzy Cook
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pieces salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream *
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 9-12 oz fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
  • kosher salt and pepper
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Place creamed spinach on the plate and top with crispy salmon (you can remove the skin if you'd like). Top with parsley.

Recipe Notes
  • Substitute coconut cream for dairy free. See post for notes on how to thicken, if needed. 
Nutrition Facts
Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Garlic Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 426 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 298mg13%
Potassium 798mg23%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 13149IU263%
Vitamin C 38mg46%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.