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Creamy Pan Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach

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Pan Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach – Quick and easy pan-seared salmon is smothered in a flavorful cream-less creamy sauce prepared with evaporated milk, tomatoes, and baby spinach.

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Creamy Pan Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach is a rich and filling meal, perfect for a quick dinner cooked in just one pan and in under 30 minutes! It is one of the easiest and tastiest, restaurant-quality dinners you will ever make.

Salmon… is the reason why I can eat the recommended amount of fish week after week. This fish is an easy way to get more heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. It’s especially easier when I can prepare it all in just one skillet. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, just the way we like it.

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Bonus? The creamless creamy sauce!! The amazing sauce of tomatoes, spinach, and evaporated milk adds a flavor that is beyond any other! You have to try it to believe it.

WHAT IS PAN SEARED SALMON?

Pan searing, or sautéing, is a quick way to cook fish, or any other meat and/or chicken. For instance, my Pan Seared Sirloin Steak with Mushroom Sauce – yowza! 

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HOW DO YOU PREPARE PAN SEARED SALMON?

  • For skillet cooked fish, it is recommended to buy skin-on fish fillets. To start, you need to season the fillets with salt and pepper, and place the fish skin side up in a pan with garlicky olive oil.
  • The salmon fillets will need to cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness, but should not be moved around until they are cooked about three quarters of the way through.
  • Flip, and continue to cook for 3 more minutes; remove from skillet and set aside.

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HOW TO MAKE A CREAM-LESS CREAMY SAUCE WITH TOMATOES AND SPINACH

  • Wipe down the skillet, melt some butter, and add cherry tomatoes to the skillet; cook for a few minutes before adding in the spinach.
  • Once spinach has wilted, you will stir in the evaporated milk, some grated parmesan cheese, and herbs.
  • Place salmon fillets back in the skillet and let cook for about 3 minutes, or until everything is heated through.

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Ain’t that a pan of green and red beauty!? It’s just SO GOOD, you’ll want to smother everything with it!

salmon fillets, fish, seafood recipes, cream sauce, pan seared salmon with tomatoes and spinach

salmon fillets, fish, seafood recipes, cream sauce, pan seared salmon with tomatoes and spinach

This is a great throw-together pan seared salmon recipe fit for a queen!  It’s a super easy and so, so flavorful meal to make during the week, but also good enough to serve at your next fancy dinner party.

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Pan Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach - Quick and easy pan-seared salmon is smothered in a flavorful creamless creamy sauce prepared with evaporated milk, tomatoes, and baby spinach.
Creamy Pan Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Quick and easy pan-seared salmon is smothered in a flavorful cream-less creamy sauce prepared with evaporated milk, tomatoes, and baby spinach.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy salmon recipe, salmon skillet dinner
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 328 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil
  • 4 (4-ounces each) skin-on salmon fillets
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bag (6 ounces) baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup low fat evaporated milk (you can also use half & half or heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and transfer to the skillet, skin-side up.
  3. Cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until browned and cooked about three quarters of the way through.
  4. Flip over and cook for 2 more minutes more; remove from skillet and set aside.
  5. Add butter to skillet and melt over medium heat.
  6. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add cherry tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until tomatoes begin to soften.
  9. Stir in spinach and cook for 1 minute, or until spinach is beginning to wilt.
  10. Stir in evaporated milk, parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley; bring to a simmer.
  11. Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Add salmon back to skillet and continue to cook for 3 minutes, or until salmon is heated through.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. Spoon sauce over each fillet and serve.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE SMART POINTS: 6

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pan Seared Salmon with Tomatoes and Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 328 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 250mg 10%
Potassium 964mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 93.5%
Vitamin C 37.5%
Calcium 14.6%
Iron 14.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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22 Responses
  1. Jen

    This was a BIG HIT tonight! I used half and half, and increased it just a smidge because I think I added extra spinach. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. I made zucchini noodles to serve on the side. Very tasty with the sauce!

  2. Dalia

    I bought some salmon yesterday I really want to try this but I’m missing the Parmesan,‍♀️ so I guess it won’t be that creamy without it. Can I use any other cheese? I have Monterrey jack on my fridge

  3. Brittany

    My friend and I made this tonight and we loved it!! My only problem is when I put the ingredients into my MyFitnessPal it gave me the amount of 423 calories per serving and my protein and fat were higher than what you had. Not sure what I did wrong or if I bought different type of low fat evaporated milk and salmon than you. But still, it was delicious!

    1. Hi!
      I’m so happy you all enjoyed it! Thank you!!
      Regarding the nutritional info, I find that nutritional calculators will all show different results, unfortunately. They’re very inconsistent. I use the paid version for Weight Watchers because I assume theirs would be most accurate for the sake of their brand and what WW is about, but you just can’t be 100% sure.

  4. Liza

    My very first attempt at cooking salmon (my hubby usually cooks it on the barbecue) this was very easy and so
    Delicious!! I substituted the evaporated milk with coconut milk and I squeezed fresh lemon on top just before serving. I served the salmon with cauliflower rice and asparagus.

  5. Vanessa

    This was so, so good. We are filing this away for later. It was super quick and would be perfect to serve company when they come over!

  6. Sara

    I can’t wait to make this tonight! What would you suggest as a good side dish with this recipe? Would some angel hair pasta work?

  7. Glenda Scheideler

    Served this for the first time tonight. It looked beautiful and tasted wonderful!!! The only addition my other half suggested was some nice rolls or bread to go with it — and to dip into the leftover sauce. We watch calories and sodium, so it was great to have the breakdown to go with the recipe.

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