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My hassle-free Salmon Florentine recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner and is ready in a snap. Tender, juicy, and flaky salmon with a delicious creamy spinach sauce. A wholesome salmon filet recipe that can be ready in just under 30 minutes.

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A lightened-up version of the classic Florentine dish using coconut cream instead of heavy cream. This creamy salmon florentine recipe is made with pan-seared salmon filets on a bed of creamy mushroom and spinach sauce. It is so tasty, straightforward, and the perfect nutritious meal the whole family can enjoy. My kids love this specific salmon recipe and love to eat it with plain spaghetti. A winner if you ask me! 😀 It is comforting, dairy-free, paleo, and keto-friendly.

If you are looking for a non-creamy salmon dish that is cooked in a lemony sauce, then you will love our Salmon Piccata Recipe.

Reasons to make this recipe

  • Easy and simple: This recipe is very easy to make a simple one as well that doesn’t require a ton of ingredients to make.
  • So tasty: My kids will vouch for this salmon florentine dish. It is packed with flavor and so creamy.
  • Meal prep-friendly: This seared creamy spinach and salmon dish is great for those looking for a low-carb dish and it is also perfect for those who meal prep.
side view of 3 cooked salmon filets in a creamy mushroom and spinach sauce

Ingredients you will need

  • Salmon Fillets: we used skin on salmon filets, but if you prefer using skinless you sure can.
  • Olive Oil: other oils can be used. Try avocado oil
  • Garlic Cloves: we highly recommend that you use fresh garlic cloves instead of garlic powder. Unless you are out of fresh garlic.
  • Fresh Spinach roughly chopped, about ¾ Cup: you may use frozen spinach- see notes
  • Button Mushrooms: or any other mushrooms of your choice.
  • Vegetable Broth: you may use milk in place of broth of you do not have any broth.
  • Coconut Cream: This is what you get from the canned versions.
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
side shot of pan-seared salmon filets in a creamy mushroom sauce

How to make it

  • First, rinse the fish and pat dry with a paper towel, then place it into the prepared baking tray. Season with some salt and pepper.
3 raw salmon for salmon florentine on a white cutting board
  • Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add salmon, skin side up, and cook undisturbed for 4-5 minutes, until golden.
  • Gently flip the fillets on the other side, and continue to cook for 4-6 minutes, or until cooked through and skin is crispy. Once the salmon is done, set aside on a plate.
  • Heat remaining oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Next, add mushrooms and cook until slightly golden brown and tender. Then add broth and coconut cream, season with salt and pepper, if needed.
fresh white whole  mushrooms on a white cutting board
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until sauce is thickened, then stir in spinach and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes.
  • Finally, return the salmon back to the pan, and spoon the creamy spinach and mushrooms on top. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tips and notes

  1. You may use whipping or heavy cream if you don’t have any coconut cream.
  2. Use frozen salmon if you can’t get your hands on fresh salmon. Thaw overnight in the fridge. We also used skin-on salmon filets. If you prefer using skinless that will work too. If you can get your hands on wild-caught salmon, even better.
  3. Don’t like salmon? Or do you happen to have another type of fish in your freezer? Any other fish works, white fish would make a great substitute.
  4. Don’t like fish? Try chicken, shrimp, or scallops. We do have a chicken Florentine Recipe you can check out.
  5. Use fresh mushrooms for the best flavor. If you have canned mushrooms you prefer using then go ahead.
  6. Spinach: we used fresh and we also recommend that you use fresh. If using frozen, then allow the spinach to thaw first and squeeze out all the excess liquid from it first.
close up view of cooked salmon with creamy mushroom and spinach sauce

Storage and reheating

  • Store leftovers in a container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Freeze in individual containers for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge the night before.
  • To Reheat your leftovers, we recommend just using the microwave. Reheat for 2 minutes or until it is heated through.
side shot of salmon filets cooked in a creamy mushroom sauce

Frequently asked questions

What is a florentine sauce made of?

A Florentine sauce is typically made of butter, cream, and spinach. Often served with chicken or fish. For our creamy salmon florentine, we used coconut cream for a lighter and dairy-free version and olive oil instead of butter.

What does florentine mean?

In the food world, Florentine is referred to as an Italian-style dish consisting of either chicken or fish served in a creamy spinach sauce which originated in the region of Florence Italy.

What kills the fishy taste in salmon?

Do you feel like your salmon is more on the fishy side? You can fix it. Sugar and some acidic will do the trick. Depending on how you are preparing your salmon, for a savory finish, you will need to some something like lime or lemon. If you are preparing a sweet finish, honey or maple syrup will help.

top view or salmon florentine cooked with mushrooms and spinach in a pan

What to serve with Salmon Florentine

Dishes you can serve with Salmon florentine can be some pasta, Plain Basmati or brown rice, quinoa, more veggies, zoodles, or some potatoes. Also, here are some of my favorite dishes to try it out with:

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4.58 from 26 votes

Easy Salmon Florentine

By: Rena
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Salmon florentine recipe with spinach and mushrooms in a round silver pan.
Pan-seared salmon filets on a bed of creamy spinach and mushroom sauce. Easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Salmon Fillets, skin on
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 3 Large Garlic Cloves, pressed
  • 5 oz Fresh Spinach, roughly chopped, about ¾ Cup
  • 6 oz Button Mushrooms, sliced, ¾ cup
  • ¼ Cup Vegetable Broth
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Cream
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse the fish and pat dry with a paper towel, then place it into the prepared baking tray.
  • Season with some salt and pepper.Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add salmon, skin side up, and cook undisturbed for 4-5 minutes, until golden.
  • Gently flip the fillets on the other side, and continue to cook for 4-6 minutes, or until cooked through and skin is crispy.
  • Once the salmon is done, set aside on a plate.Heat remaining oil in the same pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add mushrooms and cook until slightly golden brown and tender. Add broth and coconut cream, season with salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer until sauce is thickened, then stir in spinach and cook until wilted, 1-2 minutes.
  • Return the salmon back to the pan, and spoon the creamy spinach and mushrooms on top. Serve hot and enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Coconut cream is the Thai Kitchen coconut MILK in the can
  • You may use heavy cream if you prefer it over coconut cream/milk
  • It is best to use fresh spinach
  • Use any other mushroom of your choice. It is better to use fresh mushrooms as opposed to mushrooms in cans

Nutrition

Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 38gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 166mgPotassium: 1321mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3422IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
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22 Comments

  1. Is the nutrition facts accurate? Because the carbohydrates and sugar are too high for a keto-friendly recipe. But based on the ingredients, it shouldn’t be that high.

    1. I just ran it again. It has 7g of carbs per serving. It is not possible to get it to be really low because there will always be a small amount of carbs in veggies.

  2. 5 stars
    This was very easy and delicious. It was sweet, but tasty. I used Goya coconut cream because that is what I had on hand. It may have been the wrong one, but it came out good.

  3. 5 stars
    This dish was absolutely phenomenal. I used Trader Joe’s coconut cream with the vegetable broth, and put it over cauliflower pasta. Added some cut up asparagus as well which was a delightful addition. Super delicious and definitely works as a nice addition to my anti inflammatory diet recipes. My wife who is a big pasta fan loved it and did not miss the heavy cream that the original Florentine recipe asks for. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. 5 stars
    This was SOO good and EASY! I had soft smoked salmon I needed to eat up so I used it for this dish. It wasn’t quite enough sauce for me so I added a little more cream and chicken stock. I think that is because I added a little more mushroom and added a sliced onion. Also my sauce wouldn’t thicken up so I added shredded and grated parmesan and it quickly thickened up. It came out tasting like a salmon dessert!! The smoked flavor was the cherry on top! The only thing I might have changed in the way I prepared it would be to add a little more spinach, 5oz wasn’t enough for me 🙂 Will definitely make this again and have shared it with friends and family.

      1. This was a great dish! I too was looking for coconut cream but after another comment I realized it was Thai Kitchen coconut MILK .
        It really was delicious and quick and easy!
        Thank you!

      2. I have both Thai Kitchen coconut cream AND coconut milk, which one is better to use?

  5. 5 stars
    I made this dish with Tilapia, a mild white fish and it was delicious! I used different seasonings, one of which was tarragon and used half n half and no vege stock, after panfrying the fish, I placed it in a casserole dish, made the sauce, poured it over the fish and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Baked for about 20-30 min. My husband loved it , took leftovers to work and raved about it again. Will definitely make it again

  6. 5 stars
    I used crema de coco “Goya” and it was very sweet. I have a feeling I used the wrong creme of coconut. What brand do you recommend?

  7. 5 stars
    What kind or brand of coconut cream did you use? I used one that was sweet and I have a feeling it was the wrong one…my mushrooms taste like candy.