This creamy Tuscan salmon recipe has an amazing cream sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and lemon juice. The best part? It only takes about 20 minutes to make!
I originally made Tuscan Chicken, and I knew that style of sauce would go fabulously with salmon, so I had to make it. Olive Garden inspiration strikes again!
You know what? As good as the chicken one was, this pan-seared salmon version has it beat! I just love this flavor combo. Searing the salmon over a high heat gives it a wonderful slightly crispy crust and tender, flaky inside.
Love creamy salmon recipes? You may also like Creamy Garlic Salmon Pasta, my Creamy Lemon Salmon recipe, this Creamy Garlic Salmon, or this Creamy Salmon Piccata.
How do you make creamy Tuscan salmon?
Coat the salmon pieces in salt, pepper, and garlic powder; dredge in flour. Sear the salmon on both sides; take it out of the pan and set aside. Make the sauce by adding the chicken broth, lemon juice, and sun-dried tomatoes, followed by the cream. You then add the spinach and salmon and let the fish cook through. Take it up a notch and serve it with freshly grated parmesan cheese and basil on top! (Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below)
Recipes notes & tips:
- Go up to 2 cups (packed) spinach if you like lots of spinach since it really does shrink down.
- If you buy salmon with skin on and don't want to eat it, it's really easy to peel off once you sear it on both sides (peel it off before adding it back to the skillet).
- You will get the best results using heavy cream, but if you're looking for a dairy-free alternative, you may want to try Silk brand dairy-free whipping cream; readers have recommended it to me.
- Skip the flour if you want this to be low-carb.
- If you want this to be extra garlicky, add in a couple cloves of minced garlic prior to adding the chicken broth.
What do you serve with Tuscan salmon?
I typically serve this dish with spaghetti or linguine, but any kind of pasta would work, as would rice or mashed potatoes. Or, make it a lower-carb dinner by serving it with cauliflower rice.
If you're looking for a wine pairing, this Tuscan salmon would go well with sauvignon blanc. You could also add some into the recipe (instead of the chicken broth) if you want.
Love Tuscan flavors? Try these:
- Creamy Tuscan Sausage Gnocchi (One Pan, 20 Minutes)
- Tuscan Garlic Shrimp Recipe
- Tuscan Sausage Pasta
Will you make this salmon in a creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach sauce? It's DELICIOUS. 😉
Creamy Tuscan Salmon Recipe
- 1 pound fresh salmon cut into 4 pieces
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Flour for dredging
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (see note)
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1-2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil sliced thin
- Freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Prep your salmon and sprinkle each piece on both sides with salt & pepper and garlic powder, then dredge the salmon in flour.
- Add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the salmon. Cook the salmon for 3-4 minutes/side or until it has a nice crust (careful not to overcook - it should not be fully cooked yet). Take the salmon out of the pan and set aside.
- Add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and sun-dried tomatoes to the pan. Let it bubble for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the cream and let it cook for a couple more minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add the spinach to the skillet. Let it wilt for 30 seconds or so, then add the fish in. Cook for a few minutes until the salmon is cooked through and the sauce thickens up a bit.
- Serve with the basil and fresh parmesan if desired.
- Anything around 3/4-1 pound of fish will work. Most grocery store salmon is about an inch thick in the thickest part, so use that for reference when considering how long to cook it.
- I used the oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (draining them prior to adding to the sauce), which tend to taste more concentrated. If using a variety not packed in oil, you may want to add more if desired.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Amazing flavors! Followed recipe, only difference is we made homemade fettuccini noodles. It was delicious!
The pasta in the photo looks delicious. Will you share the recipe.
The pasta is literally just cooked pasta tossed with the salmon's sauce.
Really great recipe! I consider myself and inexperienced cook and little scared in the kitchen to be honest but this was quick and easy to follow. It looked like a pro cooked it and my family loved it as well.
Well that's so nice to hear, Ashle!! 🙂 I'm glad that it was a hit all around. Thanks for taking the time to write me a review!
Made this tonight with salmon, it was delicious. I used white wine instead of the broth added a little whole grain mustard instead of sundried tomatoes.
I'm so happy you enjoyed it, Sharon!! 🙂 Thanks for your review!
Amazing and so easy to make
Thank you, Paula!!
This was delicious! I find myself coming to your blog at least ever other day for new recipes. Thank you so much for sharing!
That makes me so happy!! 🙂
Darra Griffin says
Love the recipe. It was delicious. I used diced tomatoes and green chilies instead of the dried tomatoes. Kids like the diced tomatoes better. Delicious!!!
Wonderful! Glad you guys enjoyed it! 🙂
Delicious, definitely new weekday dinner fave! Seasoned the salmon with fresh garlic, paprika, thyme, S&P— left out the flour. Creamy but also just insane flavor from the sun dried tomatoes. Perfect with a side of lemony broccoli!
So happy you enjoyed it, Natalie!!
Delicious! We used Scottish salmon and half the amount of cream (with more broth) and it was absolutely amazing! Making it again this Friday!
Great!! 🙂 So pleased you enjoyed it.
use aldi mediterranean salmon to add interest
served over grits
I'm so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂
Stephen Miller says
Tried this it was amazing, making it again tonight, going to add basil
So glad to hear it!
This looks amazing and I would love to try it but is there a non-dairy substitute for the heavy cream?
Hi Lisa! I heard Silk makes a whipping cream substitute. You could try that. I haven’t ever tested it before, so I don’t know if it acts like the real thing or not. You could try coconut cream but it’ll be a different recipe. Some readers have had luck doing that in my recipes. Again, it won’t be the same, but you may like the results.
I've used coconut cream for several of Natasha's creamy sauces and they work PERFECTLY 🙂
DELICIOUS! The sauce complemented and really made the salmon the star of the show. Boy, did I get compliments! Fantastic recipe!!
Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know, Kim 🙂
Meshia Redd says
Recipe is for 4 salmon, would I double for 6? Or do you think the original recipe would be enough sauce for that quantity.
It depends how much sauce people eat. Like there is quite a bit of sauce for four, but doubling it would definitely make a lot of sauce. Maybe double the salmon too and have leftovers?
Really yummy, thanks for posting this wonderful recipe! Since we’re doing keto I used almond flour, and kale since we had no spinach. It’s absolutely amazing!
You are very welcome!
Thank you for this recipe. It was delicious! I added mushrooms, artichokes, & mixed arugula with the spinach. It was really easy and tasted wonderful. A lot of variations can be done with this recipe. We ate it over zucchini noodles to add some more greens.
So glad you enjoyed it... love your additions, Elizabeth!
Can i substitue it with tilapia loin?
Can you use frozen salmon thawed?
Angela Rey says
Can I substitute the sundries tomatoes for cherry ones? I just don’t like the sundried taste.
Sure! The sauce may end up a little more watery, but I'm sure it'll still be delicious.
Can I use veggie broth instead of chicken or wine? Thanks! This looks amazing!!
Hi Lauren! Yes, that will work. Chicken broth tends to be a little saltier, I find, so you may need to add extra salt at the end. Enjoy!
This so easy and scrumptious. I have made it twice and love how simple it is to do, and tastes like spent all day creating. Thank you. Great recipe.
That's wonderful to hear, Monique! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Can I use white fish like cod or sea bass, instead of salmon?
Absolutely. Cooking time may vary slightly, but I see no reason why it wouldn't work. Hope you love the recipe!
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy says
Leigh Ann says
I'm always looking for new ways to cook salmon and I think I have to try this recipe out! Looks so amazing!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it!
Jennifer Farley says
I absolutely need this for dinner tonight! Gorgeous photos, too!
Aw thank you! 🙂
Matt Robinson says
Love the you can flavor salmon so brilliantly, our 11 year old would love this!
Right?! Thanks, Matt!!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
I can't wait to try it with salmon Natasha! That sauce is amazing!
Thank you so much!! I really enjoyed it.
How do you make the sauce or what cream do you use to make the sauce? Thanks!
Hi Rachel! I'm confused... it's all explained in the recipe card that's near the bottom of the page? Can you not see it?