This Tuscan butter salmon recipe will help you recreate a dreamy, restaurant-quality dish in your own home.
Are you looking for salmon fillets bathed in rich spinach-cream sauce that absolutely melt in your mouth? If so, our Tuscan butter salmon recipe is just what you need.
Not only that, but the whole meal comes together quickly. Four servings of rich salmon with crisp salad and fresh juice can be ready in 45 minutes (or even quicker with pre-prepped ingredients).
If you’re in a hurry, click here to get the full ingredient list. Or, spend some time and get to know this savory Italian staple.
What Is “Tuscan”?
Most people know about Italian food, but there’s actually more to it. Italy hasn’t always been unified, so its regions offer a lot of individuality.
Therefore, each region in Italy has its own specialty cuisines, and the people in Tuscany are no exception.
Tuscan culinary philosophy is based on the idea of “cucina poverta”, or “poor cooking.” It means Tuscan meals are built upon inexpensive ingredients and can be created following simple steps.
This philosophy also influences the spice choices. Tuscan cuisine limits itself to only a few spices, so they need to be as fresh and high-quality as possible.
We tried to keep this spirit alive in our Tuscan butter salmon recipe by using just a few ingredients and keeping things simple. After the final tasting, we were all satisfied and full; no one held back!
Is Tuscan Butter Salmon Healthy?
Tuscan butter salmon is one of those dishes that is actually quite healthy if done right, even though it doesn’t look the part.
First of all, our version is neither too salty nor too fatty. We took it easy on the salt, and kept our eyes on the butter and milk so the saturated fat doesn’t exceed what’s allowed.
Not only does this dish maintain reasonable levels of saturated fat and sodium, it also provides omega 3 from the salmon. Omega 3 fatty acids are highly recommended by experts, as they help to build a healthy body.
Finally, we chose to pair the dish with a salad and a glass of juice, giving you nothing but necessary nutrients.
If you fancy salmon and its impressive health benefits, here are a few of our suggestions to include in your meal plan:
Salmon meuniere: a fancy French staple that includes flaky salmon drenched in a glossy sauce, alongside well-seasoned potatoes.
Broiled salmon: a super meal with tender salmon served on a bed of fragrant quinoa.
Salmon Teriyaki: both a Japanese take on salmon and a “salmonized” take on the Japanese staple. Each fillet is coated in a fragrant, tantalizing sauce.
How Do You Know if Salmon Is Done?
We have cooked plenty of salmon fillets, as you can tell from the list of recipes above. Ending up with a perfectly cooked fillet is actually quite easy.
Here are the basic rules our chefs swear by:
Number one, either get fresh salmon or fully thaw your frozen fillets before cooking. It allows the salmon to cook evenly and helps you avoid a cooked-exterior-cold-center situation.
Number two, sear the salmon skin first, then flip if necessary. This crisps up the skin, which makes it a lot more pleasing to eat. (If the dish doesn’t require searing, it’s best to remove the skin before cooking.)
Number three, cook the fillets at 350-360°F in the oven or over medium heat on the skillet. Measure the inner temperature after about 10 minutes. Salmon fillets of different thicknesses cook differently, so this is the only way to be sure.
We don’t mention rule #3 in our salmon recipe because we tried enough and knew exactly how long salmon needs to cook. When following our recipes, you need nothing but a timer.
Cooking Salmon Fillets Without Thawing
Sometimes, you don’t have the time to thaw the fillets (or you simply forgot), and that’s okay. There’s still a work-around.
First, crank the oven to 400°F and take out your trusty baking dish. Place the frozen fillets in, cover the dish in foil to lock the moisture in, and bake for about 10 minutes.
The fillets will come out thawed or partially cooked, depending on their thickness. At this point, they’re ready to be cooked however you want— sear, broil, bake, etc.
If you have a meat thermometer, stick it in the middle to make sure the temperature reaches 145°F as you cook. This is the safe temperature to which salmon needs to be cooked, according to the FDA.
What to Serve with Tuscan Butter Salmon
Since the dish is filled with fats, we want a tangy, crisp salad to cut the richness. Nothing’s easier and quicker to make than our Greek salad.
When the meal’s done, round it all out with a refreshing glass of juice. Celery’s been all the rage for packing antioxidants, so we mixed it with pineapple juice. They taste like they’re just meant to be.
How Long Does Tuscan Butter Salmon Last?
The USDA states that cooked fish can last for up to 4 days in the fridge, and 2 months in the freezer. We encourage you to wrap everything tightly before refrigerating, so no bioaerosol-carrying air can get in, maximizing the food’s lifespan.
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Half of her working hours are spent on mixing ingredients for her recipes. The other half involve working with the tech team to research and test the tools and appliances that promise to make kitchen work effortless and mess-free. From a kitchen knife or water filter to the Instant Pot, if it can help save time and effort for the home cook, Luna and her team are on it.
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