Creamy Spinach Stuffed Salmon in Garlic Butter

Source: cafedelites.com

 

Recipe and photo credit: Cafe Delites

Creamy Spinach Stuffed Salmon in Garlic Butter

Ingredients

  • Salmon:
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Filling:
  • 4 oz (120 g) cream cheese at room temp
  • 4 oz (120 g) frozen spinach thawed
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Garlic Butter:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place each salmon fillet on a flat surface. Season both sides with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon juice. Cut a slit or pocket about 3/4 quarter of the way through, being careful not to cut all the way.
  2. Squeeze excess liquid out of the spinach discard liquid. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the spinach, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Fill salmon 'pockets' with 1-2 tablespoons of the spinach dip, spreading evenly with the back of the spoon.
  4. For Stove Top:
  5. Heat butter and remaining oil in a skillet (or non stick pan) over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and fry until golden (about 6 to 7 minutes). Carefully flip and allow to cook on the other side until golden and cooked through (another 6-7 minutes, depending on the size of your fillets).
  6. Optional: cover with a lid and continue cooking for a further 2-3 minutes, if necessary, until cooked through.
  7. Transfer to a warm plate to make garlic butter.
  8. Garlic Butter: Melt the butter in the remaining oil/juices in the pan leftover from the salmon. Add the garlic and lemon juice; saute until garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds). Remove and serve with the salmon.
  9. For Oven Baked Salmon:
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place stuffed salmon fillets in a shallow lightly greased baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through, opaque in center and flakes easily with fork.
  11. Pour pan juices out into a skillet or frying pan. Add butter, garlic and lemon juice; saute until garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds). Remove and serve with the salmon.
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