Indulge in the Delight of Creamy Tuscan Salmon – Experience the ease and speed of preparing pan-fried Tuscan salmon, generously coated in a delectable garlic-butter spinach and sun-dried tomato cream sauce. The simplicity of this cooking method will astound you! These pan-seared salmon fillets boast a juicy and tender interior complemented by perfectly crisp edges. Once you’ve savored this rendition, the prospect of returning to a standard salmon recipe may lose its appeal. Embrace the low-carb and Keto-friendly nature of this Tuscan salmon delight – Bon appétit!
Creamy Tuscan Salmon
- 1 large Skillet
- 3 salmon fillets
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 5 cloves garlic, finely diced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable broth
- 5 oz (150g) jarred sun-dried tomato in oil, drained of oil
- 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 cup baby spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- To make the Tuscan salmon recipe: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon filets on both sides with salt and pepper, and sear in the hot pan, flesh-side down first, for 5 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking. Once salmon filets are cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt the butter in the remaining cooking juices leftover. Add in the garlic and fry until fragrant (about one minute). Add onion and stir fry until translucent. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes so they release their flavors. Finally, pour in the vegetable broth, and allow the sauce to reduce down slightly.
- Reduce heat to low, add the heavy cream, and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally. Season the cream sauce with salt and pepper to your taste.
- Add in the baby spinach and allow to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow the cream sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts through.
- Add the grilled salmon filets back into the pan; sprinkle with the parsley, and spoon the sauce over each filet. Serve the creamy Tuscan salmon over steamed veg or cauliflower rice for Keto dieters, or rice or pasta for non-Keto. Enjoy!
- The key to obtaining a perfectly creamy sauce is to gently simmer the sauce to avoid separating and curdling
- For more flavor, you can add a dash of white wine instead of using only vegetable broth.
- Feel free to substitute vegetable broth with chicken broth or water.
- If you don’t have salmon available, substitute salmon for trout, cod, or even tilapia.
HOW TO PREPARE SALMON:
Opt for either skin-on or skinless salmon fillets. Skin-on fillets are preferable as they prevent the second round of searing from sticking to the pan.
To ensure even crisping of the salmon flesh during cooking, bring the fillets to room temperature and pat them dry with paper towels. This also aids in preventing sticking in the pan.
Season the salmon just before cooking to retain moisture and avoid ending up with dry fish.
Ensure your pan is adequately heated before placing the fillets in. Start by searing the salmon skin-side up until it achieves a golden and crispy texture, approximately 5 minutes on each side, adjusting the time based on fillet thickness. For thicker fillets, extend the cooking time, reducing the heat to medium or medium-low to prevent burning the outside while the inside remains undercooked.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CREAMY TUSCAN SALMON:
This versatile salmon recipe pairs well with various side dishes. Consider options such as:
- Steamed or roasted low-carb vegetables (zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, asparagus, broccoli, etc.)
- Mashed potatoes
- White or brown rice
HOW TO STORE COOKED SALMON:
Leftover salmon can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Store the Tuscan salmon in an airtight container. Alternatively, freeze the fish in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF SALMON?
Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, renowned for their heart health benefits. Including salmon or other fatty fish like trout, mackerel, and herring in your diet can contribute to heart protection.
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