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OK I don’t care what anybody says, salmon is a top tier fish. And this Tuscan butter salmon recipe really makes the best use of a fresh fillet of salmon.

Looking for more recipes to make with a salmon fillet? Check out my pistachio crusted salmon recipe.

So, what exactly makes a recipe Tuscan?

I’m glad you asked. Tuscan means to be from Tuscany which is a region in central Italy.

Tuscan style cooking is actually incredibly uncomplicated, involving easy to find ingredients or straightforward cooking methods. The simplicity of the dishes comes from a history of poverty. That’s why many of the dishes you’ll find will use simple, seasonal ingredients to create delicious rustic dishes. However, the one thing about Tuscan cooking, is that fresh ingredients is a must.

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So, is this a traditional Italian recipe?

Truly speaking, no this is not. Traditional Italian cooking doesn’t have a place cheese and fish. I would call this an Italian American recipe, because it was most likely invented by an Italian living in America for generations. Nonetheless of its roots, this Tuscan butter salmon recipe is delicious and a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Tuscan Butter Salmon Recipe

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What’s a good side dish for this recipe?

I like to pair it with pasta, specifically spaghetti. It would also go great with some mashed potatoes and vegetables, and even some rice.

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Tuscan Butter Salmon Recipe

Franchesca Livraghi
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 salmon fillet
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp chicken broth base or 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp pecorino romano or parmesan
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin


  • Cut salmon into 2 inch pieces. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside. Over medium heat, add 1 tbsp olive to a large pan. Add salmon and cook on both sides until cooked, approximately 6 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Over medium heat, add remaining olive oil, onions, tomato, and garlic. Cooked until the tomatoes are soft and the onions are translucent. Add chicken broth base and spinach, cook until wilted. Add heavy cream and simmer for 5 minutes, until slighty thickened.
  • Add pecorino romano and mix. Add salmon to pan and cover in sauce. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Enjoy!



  • Serve over pasta for an easy, elegant homemade meal.
  • I used 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon for my chicken broth base but feel free to use 1 tsp chicken broth powder or 1/2 cup chicken broth.
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