Monday, June 24, 2013

Salmon with Garlicky Spinach - another quick lunch!

This makes two weeks in a row that I'm sharing quick lunches! That's what happens when I've been working hard - I need good nutrition and I need it quick so I can get back to playing with my characters...or with a cute puppy :)

Thatcher at 12 weeks

I love salmon. It's easy to get, easy to cook, and sooo good for you! I buy those individually packaged frozen fillets - perfect for one person. I buy the skinless kind because my salmon-loving son prefers it, but this recipe would work for any salmon fillet, fresh or frozen.

Salmon with Garlicky Spinach


1 salmon fillet per person
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 large handful (or two) baby spinach
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon butter
salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, saute the garlic in the olive oil until it starts smelling absolutely delicious (about 1 minute). Lay the salmon on the garlic, then flip the fillet immediately to coat both sides. Cook for a couple minutes after flipping.

Turn the fillet over again and pile your spinach on top. Use plenty of spinach - it cooks down A LOT!

Reduce the heat to low, cover your skillet, and let it simmer until the spinach is wilted.

Next, remove the cover and push the spinach over to the side. At this point, check the salmon to make sure it's done (it should flake easily). Stir the spinach around with the pan drippings (the white fat that cooked out of the salmon is where those omega 3's are - stir it right into the spinach along with the garlic pieces). Finish it all off with just enough butter to give your spinach a delectable flavor, salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

Now that's brain food to keep you going all afternoon!


  1. Now I want salmon! Not spinach... No blog post could make me want spinach. But definitely salmon!

    1. Well, I guess you could fix this without spinach...but don't leave out the garlic - it makes the salmon sing :)

  2. I like spinach raw in salads (so long as I don't read about people dying from eating it like they did a while back - I mean who wants to die from spinach?!)
    I wish I liked salmon but just don't.

    1. I like raw spinach too, Susanna.

      I remember the contaminated spinach episode. The problem is that we're so used to safe food, that we take it for granted. I always wash fresh fruits and veggies before eating them - I'm usually a very trusting person, but not when it comes to produce. Who knows how it's been handled?

      But you don't like salmon OR cooked spinach? My husband would say you're a very wise woman. :)

  3. Two comments posted already and both ignored the cutest picture ever! How could that be? Look, Thatcher's Yoda ears are back!!!!!!! And his nose is getting longer and his eyebrows are more distinguished looking. He's going to be a handsome little man!!!!! I'm bedazzled!

    1. Oh Kav, you should try disciplining the little guy. Man, oh, man, how can I scold him for chewing on my shoes? He's just so darn CUTE!

      But, sigh, I do scold him. I go by the dog version of Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a puppy in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Instilling habits early is the key - and if I don't instill the good habits, he'll install the bad ones.

      And puppy obedience class starts next month! Socialization and manners (especially socialization), and perhaps trying out some agility. He sure needs SOMETHING to work off his energy!

    2. LOL, love that dog version of the verse! :)

  4. LOVE THIS!!! thanks for the great idea! Looks like a perfect lunch. I'll be sure to look for the individually frozen filets.

    Thanks, Jan!

  5. Now this is my idea of yum!!!!!!

    I buy a big old salmon and cut it up and freeze.