This spinach and feta stuffed salmon recipe is a delicious, healthy meal for four – ready in less than 20 minutes. This is an easy recipe to throw together, but it’s full of flavor!
What Are The Benefits of Salmon?
It’s really hard to go wrong with a piece of salmon for dinner. Even the pickiest eaters we’ve hosted at dinner parties seem to like salmon. It’s also wonderfully healthy – it’s a great source of protein, it’s good for your brain (lots of vitamin B12), it’s heart-healthy, good for building strong bones, and may help to lower the risk of chronic disease (source).
How to Choose the Best Salmon
There are a few kinds of salmon you can buy – there’s King (rich and buttery and the most expensive), Sockeye (redder flesh, from the Northern Pacific), Coho (reddish-orange color, cheaper than King or Sockeye), and Pink (best eaten fresh the day its caught or as canned meat). You can also buy wild-caught or farmed salmon. To check the sustainability level of your salmon, consult the Monterrey Bay Aquariums’s Seafood Watch (you can also download it as an app for ease of use at the grocery store).
No matter which type of salmon you purchase, you should check for the following:
- Moist flesh – if the fish is dry it means it has been handled improperly or it’s past its prime
- Bright flesh – you want the color of the fish to be deep, pale flesh indicates aging
- No brown spots – these indicate aging
- No fishy smell – salmon should have a light sea smell but should not smell fishy – if it smells strongly it is past its prime
How to Know When Salmon Is Done Cooking
Usually, a salmon fillet will take from 6 to 8 minutes to cook fully (unless it’s cooking in a sauce). Salmon will go from red/raw to opaque/pink as it cooks. Salmon that is perfectly cooked through will flake, but still maintain moisture. The USDA recommends salmon be cooked to a temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit (you can check this with an instant-read thermometer).
Side Dishes to Serve with Salmon
Salmon pairs well with so many side dishes – it’s mellow flavor works with many vegetables, legumes, and salads. Some of my favorite sides to pair with salmon are:
- Sauteed sugar snap peas
- Grilled baby bok choy
- Brown butter radishes
- Roasted or grilled asparagus
- Fennel au gratin
- Roasted baby potatoes
- Brown or white rice
Tips for this Spinach Stuffed Salmon Recipe
A few tips for this recipes, I would definitely recommend baking the salmon on a rimmed baking sheet – because there might be some moisture loss from the spinach and you don’t want that to spill onto the heating element in the oven. Or you can make it in a casserole dish. Another thing to consider would be using a silpat when baking your salmon – if you like salmon skin this will make it easier to keep the skin intact to serve with the fillet.
Enjoy this easy, healthy salmon recipe!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 (6-ounces) salmon fillets
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- optional topping - microgreens
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Sauté the onions and garlic for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
- Add the spinach and cook for 30 seconds or until wilted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the feta.
- Flip the salmon fillets on their side and cut lengthwise through them to create a pocket.
- Divide the spinach mixture into four equal parts and stuff each salmon fillet.
- Drizzle the fillets with the remaining olive oil. Bake the fillets on a rimmed cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until salmon flakes apart.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 661mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 39g