This salmon florentine recipe features tender salmon bathed in a creamy and cheesy spinach sauce. You’ll be blown away by the divine flavor!

Salmon Florentine in a serving pan.

What Is Salmon Florentine?

Salmon florentine is a dish consisting of cooked salmon covered in a creamy spinach sauce. Taste-wise, the cream sauce is similar to Italian Alfredo, except for the addition of spinach. The name of the dish comes from the French term “florentine”, which refers to a dish that consists of cooked spinach, a protein, and a cheesy sauce.

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How To Make Salmon Florentine

Can you believe this delicious salmon florentine is made in under 30 minutes from start to finish? Cook the salmon, make the sauce, then combine the two — your fancy dinner awaits!

  • Season the salmon: Clean, dry, and cut the salmon filets into four equal pieces. Then, season with garlic parsley salt.
  • Fry the salmon fillets: In a large pan or skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. A nonstick skillet works best here. Sear the salmon on both sides for 3-6 minutes. Move the cooked salmon to a separate plate.
  • Sauté the veggies: Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until they’re soft and browned. Then, add in the minced garlic cloves and cook until fragrant.
  • Make the creamy sauce: Pour the heavy cream into the skillet, add the Parmesan cheese, and stir the sauce until it thickens.
  • Toss in the spinach: Add in the spinach and cook until it wilts. Season to taste with salt.
  • Combine the salmon and sauce: Return the cooked salmon to the skillet and top it with the sauce. Serve warm and enjoy!

Flavor Variations

This base recipe for salmon florentine is bound to impress you and your guests. But if you want to take it up a notch to truly be amazed, try any of these flavor variations!

  • Citrusy: For a pop of citrus, add a splash of lemon juice to the sauce.
  • Spicy: If you like heat, sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes for a kick.
  • Savory: For even more savory, umami flavor, add diced shallots or onions (make sure to sauté these before adding in the mushrooms), or diced tomatoes.

3 Tips & Tricks To Nail Salmon Florentine

Sometimes it’s hard to nail a new dish on the first try. Follow these four tips, and you’ll have all the textures and flavors in this salmon florentine recipe mastered in no time.

  • Avoid overcooking the salmon: It is so important to not overcook salmon, otherwise it will turn out dry. Cook the fillet just until the internal temperature reaches 145°F when tested with a meat thermometer.
  • Vary the cooking time: Depending on the thickness of the salmon fillets, the cooking time may vary. Instead of watching the clock, watch for the golden brown color and the internal temperature. If the salmon is very thick, decrease the temperature to medium heat — or the exterior may burn before the inside cooks through.
  • Use a large skillet: Since the salmon fillets and the florentine sauce take up a decent amount of room, make sure to use at least a 12 inch skillet.

Ways To Serve

Salmon florentine is the perfect dish for serving on top of a bed of pasta/noodles, rice, or with oven roasted potatoes. The creamy salmon and sauce mixes with the carbs for a perfect explosion of flavor and texture. For more veggies in your meal, opt for buttery garlic green beans or arugula salad.

Storing & Reheating

One of the best parts of homemade meals is how easy it is to make a large batch and have leftovers the next day. Check out these storage and reheating tips to ensure your salmon florentine tastes equally as good tomorrow.

  • Refrigerator: To keep for up to three days, place the cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Reheating: Reheat salmon florentine in the microwave or in the oven at 325°F for 6–8 minutes. It is best to reheat low and slow so the salmon doesn’t overcook and dry out.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.