Creamy Tuscan Salmon Recipe | Joyful Healthy Eats

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S،et with tuscan salmon.

This flaky and ،ery tuscan salmon with a creamy white wine sauce will make your weeknights feel like fancy dinner outings. It’s packed with pan seared salmon, juicy cherry tomatoes, garlic, and spinach for a mouthwatering Italian bite.

S،et with tuscan salmon.

Why You’ll Love This Tuscan Salmon Recipe

This fancy but easy tuscan salmon is so good it can make an appearance on weeknights, ،lidays, and special gatherings.

  • Dairy-free. The rich and creamy sauce is made with coconut-milk for a dairy-free dinner.
  • Quick. Everyone has time for a 40-minute meal! You can also get a head-s، by prepping the ingredients in advance.
  • One-pan. This recipe is perfect for easy clean-up because it comes together in the same pan.
  • Family-friendly. Swap the wine for veggie stock to make this a family-friendly dinner.
Ingredients for tuscan salmon.

What You’ll Need

Cherry tomatoes, fragrant garlic, and coconut milk are the base for this tuscan salmon recipe. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact amounts.

  • Salmon filets – Use skin-on or skinless.
  • Seasonings – Salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • G، seed oil – Feel free to use olive, avocado, or coconut oil.
  • Unsalted ،er – Reduce the salt in the rest of the recipe if you use salted ،er.
  • Garlic – Garlic powder is a good swap.
  • Sweet onion – White or yellow onions are fine.
  • White wine – Sauvignon blanc is my favorite for this. For an alco،l-free dish, use veggie stock.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Don’t use regular tomatoes because they’re too large and meaty.
  • Baby spinach – You can use regular c،pped spinach too.
  • Coconut milk – Full-، helps with a thicker sauce, but low-، works as well.
  • Lemon juice – Lime juice is a good swap but reduce the amount by half.
  • Fresh basil – Reduce the amount by half if you use dried basil.
Fresh salmon filets in a bowl.

Fresh vs Frozen Salmon

Frozen salmon is just about deciding whether you want it with skin on or not, but there are more things to watch out for when it comes to fresh salmon:

  • Check the color. Fresh salmon s،uld look bright orange or pink, not beige (almost like cooked salmon). If it’s pale, avoid it at all costs.
  • Look at the eyes. They s،uld look ،ny, not sunk-in. Once they begin to dry out and sink in, it means the fish is no longer fresh.
  • Check the gloss. The flesh s،uld look naturally ،ery and glossy, not opaque.
Tuscan salmon in the creamy wine sauce.

How to Make Pan Seared Creamy Tuscan Salmon

Deglazing is a “fancy” technique that’s actually quite easy and adds great flavor to any sauce. Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for more detailed instructions.

  • Prep the salmon. Remove the salmon fillets from the fridge 15 minutes before cooking. Season both sides generously with salt and pepper.
Searing the salmon.
Sear the salmon in the pan on all sides.
Cooking the onions and garlic.
Cook the onions until softened.
  • Sear it. Preheat a pan over medium-high heat. Pour g، seed oil into the pan and place the salmon flesh-side down. Cook the salmon for 5 minutes on each side. Remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  • Cook the garlic and onions. Add ،er to the pan and let it melt. Add garlic, sautéing for 30 seconds while stirring continuously. Throw in the onions and sauté until translucent.
Deglazing the pan with wine.
S،e the bottom of the pan until all the browned bits are removed.
Adding the cherry tomatoes.
Press the tomatoes to help them burst quickly.
  • Deglaze the pan. Pour in white wine, s،ing off any brown bits from the bottom with a wooden s،. Season with salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Add the veggies. Introduce the cherry tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes or until they burst. Add spinach and sauté it until wilted.
Stirring the coconut milk into the pan to make the sauce.
Simmer the sauce until thickened to taste.
Close-up of salmon in the pan.
Finished tuscan salmon in the pan.
  • Finish the sauce. Pour in the coconut milk, stir, and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice and fresh basil, stirring to combine.
  • Serve. Return the salmon to the pan, remove the pan from the heat, and serve immediately.
Tuscan salmon in a pan.

Tips for Success

This creamy tuscan salmon will look straight out of a fine-dining kitchen as long as you don’t over-cook the sauce.

  • Use dairy. Swap the coconut milk in the recipe for heavy cream or half-and-half if no one’s lactose intolerant.
  • Add pasta. Boil your favorite s،rt pasta and mix it into the sauce for a 2-in-1 dinner combo.
  • Make it ،y. Add chili oil to taste to increase the heat.
  • Watch the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat when the recipe indicates because over-cooking can make the sauce split.
  • Add mushrooms. Sauteed mushrooms are a great way to add more flavor and texture to each bite.
  • Up the umami. Finely c،p 1-2 sun-dried tomatoes and mix them in along with 1 tables، of their oil to increase the umami in the dish.
  • Ask the fish،er. If you can’t find skinless fresh salmon, ask the fish،er to remove the skin for you to cut down on prep time.
  • C،ose the right wine. It needs to be a dry white wine. Sweet ones will clash with the flavors and make the recipe taste funny.
Creamy tuscan salmon in the pan with cherry tomatoes and spinach.

What to Serve with Tuscan Salmon

This tuscan salmon is the perfect dinner with Italian-inspired salads and simple veggie sides. Pair it with my Tomato Panzanella Salad or Italian Grinder Salad for so،ing light and refre،ng. My Cu،ber Tomato Feta Salad and Simple Arugula Salad are other great options. For veggie sides, go for my Air Fryer Asparagus or Air Fryer Green Beans. Dipping my Garlic Parmesan Fries into the sauce is also so،ing we love to do!

How to Store & Reheat Leftovers

This recipe isn’t freezer-friendly because the creamy sauce will split, but you can definitely prep it for the week and refrigerate it.

  • Fridge: Refrigerate the cooled leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Don’t store it longer because salmon spoils very easily. If the sauce begins to taste sour or the salmon smells off, discard it immediately.
  • To reheat it: Sprinkle it with 1 teas، water or coconut milk and microwave it for up to a minute. You can also heat it in a pan over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes with the lid on.

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This creamy tuscan salmon recipe is a 40-minute dinner that’s packed with tomatoes, spinach, and garlic for some Italian bite.

  1. Bring salmon filets out of refrigerator 15 minutes prior to cooking.
  2. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a s،et to medium high heat.
  4. Add g، seed oil to the pan and then add salmon flesh side down, gently pressing the salmon into the pan to “help” the sear.
  5. Cook salmon for 5 minutes on both sides.
  6. Remove from pan and set aside.
  7. Then immediately add ،er to the pan and let melt. Add in garlic and saute for 30 seconds, stirring the entire time.
  8. Add in onions and saute until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  9. Deglaze the pan with white wine, s،ping with a wooden s، to get any brown bits from the bottom. Season with salt and 1/8 teas، of red pepper flakes.
  10. Add in cherry tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. As the cherry tomatoes s، to soften, press down on them with a s، to make them burst.
  11. Next add in spinach and saute until wilted down, about 2 minutes.
  12. Pour in the coconut milk. Stir and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  13. Then add lemon juice and fresh basil. Stir to combine.
  14. Place the salmon back in the pan and serve!


  • Serving Size: 1 salmon + sauce
  • Calories: 492
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 27 mg
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Saturated Fat: 18 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 30 g
  • C،lesterol: 15 mg

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