Stuffed Salmon with Spinach Cream Cheese Filling – (2022)

Tender, juicy fillets of salmon, a dream-boat filling of cream cheese, spinach, mozzarella, and Parmesan, and exactly 10 minutes of prep, this five-star Stuffed Salmon is the kind of epically impressive, yet paradoxically easy, recipe that will have you swearing off ever going out to eat again.

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After all you’ll tell yourself, why should you dress up, pay good money, wait for a seat, and suffer outrageous markup on wine in a restaurant, when you can make a chef-level dish like this elegant spinach stuffed salmon at home?

Michelin star who? Michelin star YOU!

Even if you’ve never baked salmon before, you can nail this recipe. The steps are very straightforward.

  • For even more tips (including what kind of salmon to buy and more), check out this post on How to Cook Salmon.
  • For a look at baking salmon in general (one of my favorite salmon cooking methods), check out this Salmon Temperature Guide.

I’m so looking forward to making this easy stuffed salmon for Ben and myself this Friday.

We’re having Valentine’s Day at home, in part because we never have a great experience when we eat out on this busy holiday, even at restaurants we normally enjoy, and because thanks to a grueling five days of finishing up my last (hopefully final) round of cookbook edits, it has been ages since I’ve actually eaten a home cooked meal.

Spinach stuffed salmon at home, a crisp glass of wine to go with it (see below for recommendations for wine to pair with salmon), and someone else to wash the dishes is my ultimate idea of romance.

Speaking of cookbook, I have BIG NEWS on that front coming VERY SOON. Watch closely, because it’s a doozy, and I know you don’t want to miss it!

In the meantime, I’m going to leave you with this stellar salmon recipe.

Whether you are spending Valentine’s Day with a significant other, a friend, your family, or just treating yourself, this stuffed salmon with spinach and cream cheese will make anyone feel special.

To round out the culinary festivities, I’ve also included a complete Valentine’s Day dinner menu below, so you’ll know exactly what to serve with this stuffed salmon.

Love salmon but not feeling the filling? Check out my other healthy salmon recipes. I’ve specifically listed few of my favorites that are extra date-night appropriate below.

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How to Make the Best Stuffed Salmon

This luscious cream cheese and spinach stuffed salmon meets you at intersection of easy and impressive. The combination of the filling and the flaky salmon reminds me of a super classed-up seafood spinach dip, turned elegant and dinner appropriate.

The Ingredients

  • Salmon Fillets. Look for thicker salmon fillets, which are easier to stuff, as they leave more room to create a pocket for the filling. You can eat the salmon with the skin on or ask the seafood counter to remove it for you. For this recipe, I prefer the skin on; it holds the salmon together, makes it easier to stuff, and generally when you leave skin on salmon, it is less prone to overcooking.
  • Spinach. Spinach stuffed salmon is not only delicious—it offers good-for-you ingredients too! In addition to the health benefits of the salmon itself (salmon is rich in omega-3s, protein, potassium, and more), spinach is packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Garlic Cloves. Adds bold flavor to the spinach mixture.
  • Cream Cheese. Gotta have it here! It makes the most creamy, rich, and lightly tangy stuffing for our salmon. Plus, it goes perfectly with spinach (just ask these Spinach Puffs).
  • Mozzarella + Parmesan. Whoever said cheese and seafood do not go together has not tried this salmon recipe. The mozzarella is mild and melty; the Parmesan cheese is salty and nutty. Dream team.
  • Red Pepper Flakes. A touch of heat to cut through the richness of the salmon and the spinach cream cheese filling.
  • Lemon. Totally optional! Top off with lemon juice or lemon zest for a fresh citrus flavor!

The Directions

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Wilt the spinach in a medium to large skillet with the garlic and spices. Remove from the heat.
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  3. Stir in the cheeses.
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  4. Keep stirring until completely incorporated and the mixture is creamy.
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  5. Make a pocket in each 6 oz salmon fillet, by making a small cut in the center. Don’t cut all the way through to the other side. Place the fillets on the baking sheet, and stuff the spinach-cream cheese mixture inside each piece. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
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  6. Bake salmon at 425 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes as suggested in my Baked Salmon Time and Temperature Guide, until the salmon is cooked through. DIG IN!

How to Store Stuffed Salmon

  • To Store. Place leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
  • To Reheat. To keep the salmon from drying out, gently reheat the salmon on a baking sheet, loosely tented with foil, in a 350 degrees F oven until warmed through.
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Recipes that Go Well with Stuffed Salmon For A Perfect Menu

  • Shrimp. If you want to go all-out fancy, serve stuffed salmon with shrimp by making Garlic Butter Shrimp. You can serve the shrimp at the same time as the salmon, or as an appetizer.
  • Salad. Keep it crisp and fresh, but still satisfying. This Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Caesar dressing is fit for a date night dinner (hello, Caesar salad!) and can be prepped ahead.
  • Sautéed Vegetables. For more of a steakhouse-at-home vibe, serve the salmon with Easy Sautéed Zucchini with Parmesan or Sautéed Brussels Sprouts.
  • Grains. a bowl of rice goes well with stuffed salmon, and this Lemon Rice would be a great option.
  • Dessert. Keep it classically decadent with Flourless Chocolate Torte or fruity and festive with this naturally pink, fresh Strawberry Cake.
  • Wine. A must! Since this salmon is rich, go for a crisp, dry white like Sauvignon Blanc (or the French version, Sancerre) or try an unoaked or very lightly oaked Chardonnay.

More Delicious, Easy Salmon Recipes for a Special Dinner

  • Teriyaki Salmon
  • Salmon Meuniere
  • Lemon Pepper Salmon
  • Baked Salmon in Foil
  • Soy Ginger Salmon
  • Whole30 Baked Salmon
  • Garlic Salmon with Lemon Butter
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If you make this stuffed salmon, please leave a comment to let me know how it goes!I adore hearing from you. Cheesy though it may sound, knowing that you enjoy these recipes I post here is what keeps me motivated and excited. I hope you love this salmon as much as we do.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cook salmon stuffed with crabmeat?

Adding crab meat or imitation crab is very popular with stuffed salmon, so you could add it, I just haven’t tried it myself. You would add it to the filling and cook just the same.

What Are More Ways to Season Stuffed Salmon?

While I do prefer the simple seasonings that I’ve added to the cream cheese filling, you could kick it up a notch by adding 1/2 tbsp cajun seasoning or old bay seasoning.

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  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach about 5 cups
  • 1 clove garlic minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 4 6 ounce salmon fillets skin off or on
  • Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. For easy clean up, line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a big handful of spinach and cook, stirring often, until it begins to wilt. Stir in the garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper flakes and let cook 30 seconds. Continue adding the remaining spinach by large handfuls, until it completely wilts down. Remove the pan from the heat.

  • Stir in the cream cheese until it melts and smoothly combines with the spinach. Stir in the mozzarella cheese and Parmesan, until the cheeses melt and the mixture looks like a delicious spinach and dip.

  • Place salmon fillets on a clean work surface. With a small, sharp knife, make a cut lengthwise down the middle of each fillet to create a pocket (do not cut the fish all the way through). Transfer the salmon to the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. With a small spoon, fill each fillet with a quarter of the spinach mixture.

  • Drizzle the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil over the fillets and brush with a pastry brush or lightly rub with your fingers to coat. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake until the salmon is opaque in the center and flakes easily with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • TO STORE:Place leftover salmon in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
  • TO REHEAT: To keep the salmon from drying out, gently reheat the salmon on a baking sheet, loosely tented with foil, in a 350 degrees F oven until warmed through.
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Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 40gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 110mgPotassium: 1068mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3556IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 206mgIron: 2mg

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How long do you leave salmon in the oven? ›

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon, skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet or in a non-stick pan with an oven-proof handle. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes.

How long should I put salmon in the air fryer? ›

Coat salmon with seasonings, on both sides of each filet. Place seasoned filets in the air fryer basket and cook at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes. Check for doneness using a fork. Salmon should flake easily, and internal temperature should be 145 degrees F.

Is Costco stuffed salmon good? ›

The stuffing however is very tasty and absolutely full of flavor! It has imitation crab (but you wouldn't know it's imitation crab), shrimp, pollock, rice, potato starch, mayo and cheese. The filling tastes like a yummy crab cake with potato and rice stuffed inside a huge delicious moist, fresh piece of salmon.

How does Gordon Ramsay make the perfect salmon? ›

Gordon Ramsay's Flavorful Salmon And Sides: Extended Version

Is it better to bake salmon at 350 or 400? ›

Baking salmon at 400 degrees F is the perfect temperature to cook the fish and get crispy skin. If you're looking for a more gentle cooking method, you can bake salmon at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.

How long do you cook salmon for in the oven at 350? ›

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place salmon on a lightly oiled sheet pan or in a shallow baking dish, folding under thin outer edges of fillets for even cooking. ...
  3. Cook salmon in the preheated oven, uncovered, until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 20 minutes.

What seasoning is good on salmon? ›

Here are some spices you may have that could be good as part of a homemade salmon seasoning.
  • Paprika.
  • Chile/Chili powder.
  • Garlic powder/salt.
  • Ground cumin.
  • Onion powder.
  • Ground ginger.

How do you tell when salmon is done cooking? ›

The easiest way to see if your salmon has finished cooking is to gently press down on the top of the fillet with a fork or your finger. If the flesh of the salmon flakes—meaning, it separates easily along the white lines that run across the fillet (strips of fish fat)—it's finished cooking.

Can I put aluminum foil in an air fryer? ›

Yes, you can put aluminum foil in an air fryer. explains that due to the air fryer's cooking process consisting of rushing hot air, your aluminum foil and the meal it's with will not be ruined by the air fryer.

Is Costco salmon farmed or wild? ›

Costco has both Farm Raised and Wild Caught salmon. The Atlantic Salmon, both fresh and frozen, is Farm Raised. The industrial farming of salmon is a complicated issue but, in general, the ocean based open net style farms used for mass production of salmon is considered non-sustainable and bad for the environment.

Can I freeze Costco stuffed salmon? ›

Can you freeze Costco stuffed salmon? Yes, as the U.S Food and Drug Administration says you can freeze the uncooked portions of Costco stuffed salmon for four to six months.

How long do I cook Costco salmon? ›

Bake your Costco Kirkland Salmon until it is opaque and cooked through, with an internal temperature of 145°F, this should take 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. Serve right away.

What is the best method to cook salmon? ›

Heat the oven to 275°F. Place a salmon fillet in a baking dish. Rub all over with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast until salmon flakes easily, or a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 120°F (about 30 minutes for a 6-ounce fillet).

What vegetables are good with salmon? ›

Best Salmon Side Dishes
  • Lemon Butter Pasta. Lemon butter pasta is quick and easy to make, light yet filling, and loaded with flavor. ...
  • Coconut Rice. ...
  • Sautéed Garlic Green Beans. ...
  • Cacio e Pepe. ...
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad. ...
  • Cilantro Lime Rice. ...
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes Wedges. ...
  • Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad.

Do you eat salmon skin? ›

Yes, salmon skin is good for you—and is actually one of the healthiest parts of the fish. Just like the flesh, salmon skin is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B and D, and minerals like niacin and phosphorus.

How many minutes do you bake salmon at 400 degrees? ›

We recommend baking it for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or until the internal temperature of the salmon should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that the fish is cooked through and has a flaky texture.

Do you cover salmon when baking? ›

Bake salmon, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes per ½-inch thickness. Bake a dressed salmon 6 to 9 minutes per 8 ounces of fish. Always check your fish at the minimum baking time to ensure your baked salmon doesn't get overcooked.

What is the best temperature to bake salmon? ›

Bake salmon at 400 degrees F for 11 to 14 minutes for 6-ounce fillets or 15 to 18 minutes for a single side, until it registers 135 degrees F on an instant read thermometer inserted at the thickest part of the salmon. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes.

How long should I bake salmon at 375? ›

What temperature should salmon be cooked at? Bake at 375ºF (191ºC) to gently cook the fish, then briefly broil to finish cooking and brown the surface. How long does it take to bake salmon? At 375ºF (191ºC), about 10 to 12 minutes for a 1 ½ pound whole fillet for medium-rare doneness.

How long do you cook salmon at 375 in the oven? ›

How Long to Bake Whole Salmon at 375 F. Whole salmon will take about 35 to 40 minutes to cook in a 375 F oven. As you can see, it takes much longer to cook a whole salmon than salmon fillets. Be sure to check its internal temperature to avoid overcooking it or drying it out.

How long does it take to bake salmon at 425? ›

As a general rule, bake salmon for 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for getting perfectly baked salmon that is moist, flaky, and full of flavor. For example, if you have 1-inch thick salmon fillets, you will need to bake them for about 10-12 minutes.

How long does salmon take to cook at 400? ›

It takes about 15-20 minutes to bake 1 lb of salmon at 400 degrees. To ensure that the salmon is cooked through, use a digital cooking thermometer to check the internal temperature of the fish. The salmon is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

How long do I bake salmon at 425? ›

As a general rule, bake salmon for 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for getting perfectly baked salmon that is moist, flaky, and full of flavor. For example, if you have 1-inch thick salmon fillets, you will need to bake them for about 10-12 minutes.

How long does it take to bake salmon at 375? ›

What temperature should salmon be cooked at? Bake at 375ºF (191ºC) to gently cook the fish, then briefly broil to finish cooking and brown the surface. How long does it take to bake salmon? At 375ºF (191ºC), about 10 to 12 minutes for a 1 ½ pound whole fillet for medium-rare doneness.

How long do you cook salmon in the oven at 400? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil and spray with nonstick.
  3. Place salmon onto foil lined sheetpan. Rub filets with olive oil, and sprinkle each piece with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until fish is 135 degrees at its thickest most internal part. ...
  5. Serve & enjoy!
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