One of my all-time favorite dinners is a creamy Tuscan salmon with spinach. Today, I want to share a similar recipe with you, known as pan-seared salmon with spinach. This Mediterranean-style dish is not only easy to make but also incredibly healthy. It’s a great way to incorporate more veggies into your family’s diet. Plus, it’s gluten-free and rich in protein. Are you ready to give it a try?
A Taste of the Mediterranean
In just 30 minutes, you can have this delicious and nutritious dinner on the table. It all starts with pan-frying salmon fillets in olive oil until they’re perfectly seared. While the salmon cooks, you’ll lightly sauté spinach with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, and capers. These flavors come together beautifully, creating a bed of sautéed vegetables to serve your pan-seared salmon fillets on top of. Trust me, it’s a winning combination!
The Health Benefits of Salmon and Spinach
When it comes to health, this dinner is a double winner. Salmon is known for being a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Meanwhile, spinach is packed with essential nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, making it an excellent addition to your diet. Combining these two powerhouses into one mouthwatering meal is a smart choice for a healthy lifestyle.
And don’t worry about spending hours in the kitchen. This recipe can be whipped up in just 30 minutes, making it perfect for those busy weeknights when time is of the essence.
To Skin or Not to Skin?
There’s a debate about whether to cook salmon with or without the skin. Let me settle this for you. Pan-searing salmon with the skin on is a game-changer. The skin becomes irresistibly crunchy and crispy. Plus, it adds nutrients and protects the fish from overcooking. Keeping the skin on helps the salmon retain its shape during cooking, and it’s much easier to remove once the fish is cooked. Simply slide a spatula between the salmon fillet and the skin, and it will come right off!
How to Make Pan-Seared Salmon with Spinach
Pan Searing Salmon
- Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season the salmon fillets with salt.
- When the oil is hot, add the salmon fillets, flesh side down (skin side up).
- Sear for approximately four minutes on medium-high heat.
- Flip the salmon fillets to the other side (skin side down) and sear for another four to five minutes on medium heat, or until the salmon is flaky. Remove the salmon from the skillet.
Preparing the Vegetables
- In the same skillet, add the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic.
- Then, add the chopped artichokes and capers. Stir for one minute.
- Finally, add the fresh spinach and cook, stirring, until it wilts. Season with salt if needed.
- Place the pan-seared salmon on top of the vegetable mixture.
- Spoon some of the vegetable mixture over the salmon.
Delicious Side Dishes
To complete your pan-seared salmon dinner, here are a few side dish ideas:
- Roasted vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, or garlic green beans with bacon.
- Pasta options like angel hair, spaghetti, penne, or ziti.
- Consider trying roasted spaghetti squash, which is a fantastic gluten-free alternative.
More Seafood Recipes to Explore
If you loved this pan-seared salmon with spinach recipe, why not check out these other easy seafood recipes:
- Garlic Parmesan Crusted Salmon and Asparagus
- Trout Recipe
- Rainbow Trout Recipe
- Creamy Tuscan Salmon
With Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, you can enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean right from the comfort of your own kitchen. Experience the flavors, the health benefits, and the simplicity of this delightful dish. Happy cooking!