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Tender salmon filets smothered in a rich garlic cream sauce filled with sun-dried tomatoes, kale and Parmesan cheese. Restaurant quality salmon, in 30 minutes! #salmon #seafood #fish #creamsauce #30minutemeal #easyrecipe #tuscan #Italian #sundriedtomatoes #kale #spinach
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Creamy Tuscan Salmon

Tender salmon filets smothered in a rich garlic cream sauce filled with sun-dried tomatoes, kale and Parmesan cheese
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy salmon recipe, one pan salmon, salmon recipe, tuscan salmon
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 445kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

SALMON

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 (6 oz each) salmon filets
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

TUSCAN CREAM SAUCE

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 small yellow onion minced
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 5 oz jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained and chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups chicken broth reduced sodium
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese fresh is best
  • 1 - 2 cups chopped fresh kale

Instructions

  • Pat salmon dry, then season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Add olive oil to large skillet and heat over MED-HIGH heat until hot. Add salmon, skin-side UP (if using skin-on filets), and cook for 4-5 minutes. Try not to move the salmon around as it cooks. This is what creates a great golden brown crust.
  • Carefully flip salmon over and cook on the other side for another 5 minutes, until opaque throughout and flakes easily. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Don't wipe out the skillet, but add butter to pan drippings. Add onion and cook 4 minutes, until softened. Add sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and cook another 30 seconds or so.
  • Pour in chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, then stir in cream.
  • Let cook for 2-4 minutes, stirring often, then stir in pepper and Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
  • Add kale and cook another minute or two until wilted. Return salmon to the skillet, nestling them down into the sauce and spooning sauce over the top of the filets.

Notes

For a thicker sauce, whisk together 1 Tbsp cornstarch with 2 Tbsp water (in a separate bowl) until smooth, then whisk into sauce and cook until thickened to your liking.
** not a traditional Tuscan recipe - it just uses similar ingredients to Tuscan-style foods from popular Italian restaurants in the U.S.

Nutrition

Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 948mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6510IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 2mg