Stuffed Salmon Recipe

Stuffed Salmon

 Kristina Vanni

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 4 fillets
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
508 Calories
28g Fat
43g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 508
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 343mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 166mg 832%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 1111mg 24%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for stuffed salmon is great because it is like having a main dish and a side dish in one! If you enjoy a perfectly seared filet and love creamed spinach, this innovative preparation is right up your alley. It is easy to assemble and cooks quickly on the stovetop, making this salmon the ideal dish to serve at your next dinner party or as a weeknight meal.


For the Salmon:

  • 1 pound salmon, cut into 4 fillets

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Filling:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 2 ounces frozen spinach, thawed, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black black pepper, to taste

To Serve:

  • Lemon wedges

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Stuffed Salmon
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  2. Place the salmon fillets on a large cutting board and pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle both sides of the salmon fillets with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

    Stuffed Salmon
     Kristina Vanni
  3. Cut a pocket into the thick part of each of the fillets, only going about 3/4 of the way through. Be careful not to cut all the way through the fillet.

    Stuffed Salmon
     Kristina Vanni
  4. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, spinach, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    Stuffed Salmon
     Kristina Vanni
  5. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the spinach cream cheese filling into each pocket.

    Stuffed Salmon
     Kristina Vanni
  6. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon, about 4 minutes on each side until golden and cooked through to an internal temperature of 145 F.

    Stuffed Salmon
     Kristina Vanni
  7. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

    Stuffed Salmon
     Kristina Vanni
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • If you prefer, this stuffed salmon can also be prepared on the grill. It is important to make sure that your cooking grates are well oiled before placing the fish on the grill and that you grill the salmon indirectly. This means that you don't place the salmon directly over the flame, but instead heat one side of the grill and place the salmon on the other.
  • Alternatively, you can also place these stuffed salmon fillets on a cedar plank, then cook them on the grill. The cedar will add a subtle smokiness to the fish, but won't overwhelm the flavors of the stuffing. To do so, first, soak the plank in water for 20 minutes to an hour. Place the stuffed salmon on the wood and put on the heated grill. With this method, you want to place the plank directly over the fire and grill for about 20 minutes, or until the salmon has cooked through to 145 F. 
  • Finally, if you had planned to grill and run into problems with weather, you can also cook your salmon under the broiler in your oven. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your fish, though, as it's easy to overcook.

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.

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