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Creamy Tuscan Salmon

  • Italian
  • Pan-sear
  • One-pot
  • Entertaining
  • King
  • Active Time:30 min
  • Total Time:45 min
  • Servings:4
  • Difficulty:Intermediate
Photo by Julia Gartland

Salmon and cream is a heavenly combination but add fresh rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes, and a hint of Parmesan (yes, Parmesan) and you’ve got a dish fit for the gods.


  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin and pin bones removed Available in Our Seafood Subscription Box

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and thinly sliced

  • 1 small lemon, thinly sliced crosswise

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Sear the Salmon

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 375°F. Season the salmon all over with salt and pepper. Heat the oil and butter in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. When the foam subsides, add the salmon, skinned-side up, and cook until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Build the Sauce

Add the garlic, rosemary, and thyme to the skillet and cook, stirring, just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase the heat to high, then add the wine and cook, scraping up any bits stuck to the pan, until the liquid is nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes.  Add the cream and sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until slightly reduced, 1 minute.

Add the Salmon

Nestle the salmon in the sauce, browned side up, and arrange the lemon slices all around and on top. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the salmon is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.

Finish and Serve

Transfer the salmon to a deep serving platter and cover loosely to keep warm. Stir the Parmesan cheese into the sauce and season lightly with salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the salmon, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

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Pro Tips

Pair it Up

To match the creaminess of the sauce and the assertiveness of the salmon, look towards a buttery oaked Chardonnay or a Trebbiano blend from Sicily.

Make It a Meal

Serve this luscious salmon with cooked pasta and roasted broccolini. For a one-pot sensation, fold in 2 cups of baby spinach with the Parmesan at the end and serve with crusty bread.

Change It Up

For an even heartier next day transformation, turn this simple dish into a creamy chowder. Add a touch of seafood broth to the sauce and stir in flaked salmon and a handful of baby spinach.


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