creamy garlic butter tuscan salmon

creamy garlic butter tuscan salmon is restaurant quality pan seared salmon in a delicious creamy sauce with spinach, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan!

Rich and creamy, crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside salmon fillets. The entire family loves this deliciously easy to make Salmon recipe. The creamy sauce is to die for!

4 Salmon (OR TROUT) fillets seared in a silver frying pan, in a delicious creamy Tuscan sauce with sun dried tomatoes and wilted spinach, garnished with chopped parsley or basil. |

Besides providing us with incredible rich flavour and high-quality protein, salmon has many healthy benefits. Full of vitamins and minerals (potassium, selenium and vitamin B12), it’s the amount of omega-3 fatty acids that gives salmon its ‘brain food’ reputation.

how do you pan sear or fry salmon?

  • Use skin on or skinless fillets.
  • Remove from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before cooking to bring them close to room temperature.
  • Pat dry with paper towel to prevent sticking, allowing the outsides to crisp evenly while cooking.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet before adding your fillets and make sure your pan is nice and hot.
  • Season just before cooking to prevent drawing out moisture and drying out your fish.
  • Sear your fillets flesh-side down first (skin-side up) for 4-5 minutes each side, depending on thickness.

knowing when to flip

While fillets are cooking, notice the colour along the sides of the fillets slowly begin to change to a paler colour, from the bottom where the fish is touching the pan up to the centre.

Once the colour has moved up to the centre, it’s time to flip! What you’ll get is a tender, juicy and crispy fillet.

sauce for salmon

Leave the juices in the pan after searing your fillets…that’s where all of the flavour is! Melt the butter, cook your garlic until fragrant — about one minute to prevent burning while allowing the garlic to release flavour.

If using wine, simmer it down slightly before adding in the sun dried tomatoes (give them time to release their flavours). Add sun dried tomato oil for more flavour!

what to serve with salmon

Pasta, rice or steamed/roasted veggies are a low carb favourite (think zoodles OR cauliflower rice).

Also, Garlic bread to soak up that creamy sauce!

what wine goes well with this recipe?

A light Chardonnay or Pinot Gris. For a sweeter wine, Riesling or a Sparkling Moscato.

some cooking tips:

  • Substitute white wine for chicken broth.
  • Gently simmer the cream sauce to avoid separating.
  • Substitute salmon for Trout, Cod or Burramundi.

Adapted from this Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Shrimp.


Creamy Garlic Butter Tuscan Salmon is a restaurant quality Pan Seared salmon recipe in a delicious creamy sauce! Filled with garlic, sun dried tomatoes, spinach and parmesan cheese. PRINT SAVEPREP:5 MINSCOOK:20 MINSTOTAL:25 MINSSERVES:  SERVES


  • 4 salmon fillets, skin off (or Trout or any white fish)
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine (OPTIONAL) — (do not use a sweet white wine)
  • 5 ounces (150 g) jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil, drained of oil
  • 1 3/4 cups half and half *SEE NOTES
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, (do not include for dairy free option)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (cornflour) mixed with 1 tablespoons of water (optional)**
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon filets (or fish if using) 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 cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in the remaining juices leftover in the pan. Add in the garlic and fry until fragrant (about one minute). Fry the onion in the butter. Pour in the white wine (if using), and allow to reduce down slightly. Add the sun dried tomatoes and fry for 1-2 minutes to release their flavours.
  • Reduce heat to low heat, add the half and half (or heavy cream), and bring to a gentle simmer, while stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
  • Add in the spinach leaves and allow to wilt in the sauce, and add in the parmesan cheese. Allow sauce to simmer for a further minute until cheese melts through the sauce. (For a thicker sauce, add the milk/cornstarch mixture to the centre of the pan, and continue to simmer while quickly stirring the mixture through until the sauce thickens.)
  • Add the salmon back into the pan; sprinkle with the parsley, and spoon the sauce over each filet.
  • Serve over pasta, rice or steamed veg.


*Half and half is an American product, made from equal parts light cream and milk. Feel free to use half light cream and half 2% milk (or full fat if not worried about calories and fat counts), in place of half and half.Alternatively, use all light cream or heavy cream.Not a traditional Tuscan recipe. Adapted from Olive Garden’s Tuscan Chicken.


Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 2260mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2960IU | Vitamin C: 27.5mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 5.6mg

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