This easy Spinach Stuffed Salmon Recipe will be your new favorite weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy and super delicious.
Stuffed salmon fillets are so good! I love making these for an easy weeknight meal. They have so much flavor and are so easy!
They're filled with a delicious creamy spinach filling, and stuff it in a salmon filet for a flavorful and flaky salmon that your family will love!
I love serving these with an arugula salad, some couscous with fresh parsley, or a simple pasta dish like Aglio Olio e Peperoncino. This would also pair so well with a glass of white wine!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Delicious - This Easy Spinach Stuffed Salmon recipe is so delicious. Each bite is packed with flavor that your family will truly love! It's really a perfect dish for the whole family. Great for entertaining too!
Approachable - This recipe is approachable and is easy to make. You only need a few kitchen tools to make this great recipe. This salmon recipe is easy enough to make for a weeknight, but also fancy-feeling enough to make for Valentine’s Day or a date night!
Leftover Friendly - This spicy rigatoni recipe is perfect reheated the next day or an excellent options for meal prep! Just heat a piece of leftover salmon in a pan on low-medium heat until warm.
Here are the ingredients you will need for this Easy Spinach Stuffed Salmon recipe:
- Fresh salmon filets - You'll want 4 consistently thicker salmon fillets, about 5 oz each. You can use skinless salmon fillets or skin on, whichever you prefer. You may use Atlantic salmon, sockeye salmon, or any variety of salmon you prefer.
- Salt - I recommend using kosher salt, sea salt, or flake salt.
- Black Pepper
- Olive Oil
- Baby Spinach
- Cream Cheese - softened to room temperature
- Swiss cheese
- Garlic - minced
- Red pepper flakes - for a little kick!
Let's make this recipe together!
Preheat oven to 425F.
Pat salmon fillets dry with a paper towel on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to make a cut lengthwise, without cutting all the way through, down the filet to create a pouch. We recommend using a paring knife if you have one. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and spinach to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat.
Add cream cheese, Swiss cheese, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Melt cheese into the spinach and stir the stuffing mixture well.
Gently stuff salmon with spinach and cream cheese mixture.
Line a baking sheet with foil or oven safe parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray. Place stuffed salmon on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Serve with some lemon wedges and enjoy!
Expert Tips and Tricks
Here are some expert tips to make this delicious recipe perfect.
Be Careful Cutting the Salmon - Be very careful when making a cut through the salmon. You want to make sure you don't cut all the way through so the spinach stuffing doesn't run out both sides!
Don't Overstuff - It may be tempting to overstuff the salmon, but doing so will cause the filling to run and melt out of the salmon.
Here is some kitchen equipment you will need for this restaurant-worthy meal. You can find all of these products on Amazon.
Serving Platter - I love serving this salmon on a large serving platter with lemons and fresh herbs. Check out this large serving platter set - it will be great for so many dishes!
Fish Spatula - Grab a fish spatula to make flipping fish super easy!
Large Skillet - You'll want a high quality large skillet to make the spinach stuffing in.
Here are some common recipe substitutions and variations for this easy recipe.
Cheese Substitutions - You can use a variety of different cheeses for this recipe. Parmesan cheese, feta cheese, or gruyere are all good options.
Vegetable Substitutions - You can substitute the spinach with a variety of vegetables like bell pepper, green onion, red peppers, tomatoes, or mushrooms.
Fish Substitution - You can use this recipe as a guide for other stuffed fish. Sole and flounder are two other fish options that are frequently used in stuffed fish dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Stuff salmon with a mixture of cooked spinach, melted cream cheese, melted Swiss cheese, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a flavorful and delicious meal.
Use a sharp knife to make a cut lengthwise, without cutting all the way through, down the filet 1-2 inches to create a pouch.
No, you do not have to cover salmon when baking. Thanks to salmon's fatty acids, it's hard to dry salmon out unless it's overcooked.
Recipe Storage and Reheating
Here are storage and reheating instructions for this recipe.
Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight continuer and eat leftovers within 4-5 days.
Freezer Storage: Freeze in a freezer-safe, airtight container and keep for up to 3 months. When you're ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat as instructed below.
Reheating Instructions: The best way to reheat this recipe is to heat in a skillet with a little olive oil over low heat until warm.
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Easy Spinach Stuffed Salmon
- 4 salmon fillets
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups baby spinach
- ¼ cup cream cheese
- ¼ cup Swiss cheese
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Pat salmon fillets dry. Make a cut lengthwise, without cutting all the way through, down the filet to create a pouch. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and spinach to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, until the spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat.
- Add cream cheese, Swiss cheese, garlic, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Melt cheese into the spinach and stir well.
- Gently stuff salmon with spinach and cheese mixture.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or oven safe parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray. Place stuffed salmon on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.