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Get ready to fall head over heels for my creamy Tuscan marry me salmon recipe! This recipe is probably one of the best ever ways to cook salmon. With tender, flaky salmon and a creamy garlic lemon and herb sauce, the result is an incredibly delicious Tuscan-inspired recipe. Pan-frying and then gently simmering the fish in the cream sauce results in fall-apart salmon that melts in the mouth. It’s a dinner that will have you saying “Marry Me” to whoever makes it for you! No wonder it’s winning hearts and causing a stir online!

A plate of creamy Tuscan marry me salmon served with a side of fresh green salad and half a lemon, with a fork placed on the plate.

Make this viral marry me salmon recipe and fall head over heels for the rich, creamy sauce balanced with lemon and deepened with garlicky succulent salmon.

Do you love salmon recipes and want more inspiration? Try this orange BBQ salmon, this pesto salmon, or my salmon with fresh veggies.

A skillet containing creamy mayyr me salmon, garnished with fresh basil leaves and sun-dried tomatoes, placed on a white countertop. In the background are a pepper grinder and a plate, giving the scene a cozy, inviting ambiance reminiscent of romantic dinners.

Why You’ll Love It

One-pan wonder: Less mess in the kitchen with this one-pan recipe.
Quick and easy: Whip it up in 35 minutes – so easy and speedy!
An upscale feel: This is a kind of fancy recipe to serve to guests. You can easily double the recipe to make it for a crowd. It’s pretty similar to a creamy Tuscan salmon recipe, so if you love that, you’ll love this.
Basic ingredients: Made with simple pantry staples that are easy to find at any grocery store.

A fork is placed in a piece of creamy, herb-covered marry me salmon on a white plate, with a side of fresh green lettuce.

Ingredients for Marry Me Salmon

A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Salmon filets: Skinless salmon filets are ideal. You’ll get 3 or 4 to a pound.
Yellow onion: Diced, adds sweetness and depth of flavor.
Garlic: Minced, gives a strong aromatic and savory flavor.
Sun-dried tomatoes: Drained, they add a yummy and concentrated tomato flavor.
Chicken broth: Use a high-quality chicken broth as it’s a major player in this recipe’s taste. Vegetable broth is great, too.
Heavy whipping cream: Creates a rich and creamy texture.
Parmesan: Grated, adds a nutty and salty flavor.
Dried Italian seasoning: Adds a blend of herbs for seasoning.
Lemon zest: Adds a bright, citrusy note.
Fresh basil: Thinly sliced for garnish, adds a fresh and aromatic finish.

Ingredients for a creamy Tuscan Marry Me Salmon recipe are arranged on a marble countertop, including salmon, lemon, basil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, cream, broth, cheese, herbs, olive oil, and butter.

How to Make Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Salmon

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Prepare the salmon: Brush olive oil on top of the salmon fillets. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook the salmon: Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Sear the salmon: Place the salmon fillets in the skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side. Lower the heat and cook until the salmon is done in the center. Remove the salmon and set it aside on a plate.
Sauté onions: Add butter to the same skillet. Once melted, add diced onions and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender, over medium heat.
Add garlic and tomatoes: Stir in minced garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.
Make the sauce: Whisk in chicken broth, heavy cream, grated parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and lemon zest. Simmer for 2 or 3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
Combine and simmer: Return the salmon fillets to the skillet and spoon the sauce over them. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Garnish and serve: Garnish with freshly chopped basil and serve immediately.

A close-up image of creamy Tuscan salmon in a pan, garnished with chopped basil.

Substitutions and Variations

Protein swaps: Try making this recipe with cod, tilapia, halibut, shrimp, lobster, or chicken.
Vegetables: Go ahead and add sliced zucchini, squash, asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, or peas.
Wine swap: Replace the chicken broth with a dry white wine – this adds a lovely balanced flavor.
Spiced: Add a little heat with red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
Cream alternative: Substitute heavy cream with a can of full-fat canned coconut milk or a dairy-free whipping cream.
Onion swap: Shallots are a tasty substitute for onions.

A plate with a marry me salmon recipe garnished with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh greens next to a fork. Beside the plate are a lemon cut in half, a cloth napkin, a pepper mill, and a bowl of sun-dried tomatoes.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizer: Start off with something fresh, like burrata with tomato. Another light dish is this best-ever cowboy caviar dip.
Main: Serve your marry me fish dish over garlic butter noodles or zucchini noodles. Brown, white or cauliflower rice is a yummy mild partner to your rich dish! A simple salad works well, too, like this parmesan chopped salad.
Dessert: Scoop up this cherry icebox cake, or try my brownie batter dip with fun dippers instead!

A plate of a marry me salmon recipe topped with creamy sauce and herbs, accompanied by a fresh green salad. Sliced lemon and a fork are beside the plate. A pot and additional ingredients are visible in the background.

How to Store Marry Me Salmon

Store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freezer: I don’t recommend freezing this recipe as the dairy will separate and the fish will go mushy.
Reheat: Reheat on the stove with a little chicken broth and cream to bring the sauce back to life.

A spatula lifting a piece of salmon with sun dried tomato cream sauce from a white skillet, with a sauce containing spinach, tomatoes, and herbs. Fresh basil leaves are in the background.

Top Tips

Choose fresh salmon: Opt for fresh, high-quality salmon filets with the skin on for extra flavor and moisture retention.
Pat dry the salmon: Before seasoning, pat the salmon filets dry with paper towels so that you get a good sear.
Don’t overcook: Salmon cooks quickly, taking no more than about 3 or 4 minutes per side depending on thickness. Aim for an internal temperature of 125°F (52°C) for medium-rare or 135°F (57°C) for medium.

A plate with a serving of creamy Tuscan salmon sun dried tomato cream sauce topped with herbs and accompanied by a side of fresh mixed greens.

Salmon with Tuscan Cream Sauce FAQs

Can I use frozen salmon for this recipe?

Yes! You can use frozen salmon; thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking.

Can I make this recipe with skin-on salmon?

Yes, both skinless salmon and skin-on work well.

What type of pan is best for searing salmon?

A non-stick skillet or a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet is ideal for searing salmon, as these pans help prevent the fish from sticking and promote even cooking.

How can I tell when the salmon is done?

Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. The flesh should be opaque and pink in the center.

A skillet with a creamy Tuscan marry me salmon recipe.

Marry Me Salmon Recipe

5 from 3 votes

Marry Me Salmon

By: Bella Bucchiotti
Make this viral marry me salmon recipe and fall head over heels for the rich, creamy sauce balanced with lemon and deepened with garlic, all seeped into succulent salmon.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the Salmon:

  • 1 Pound salmon filets, skinless
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ Teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ Teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked

For the Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • ½ Cup chicken broth
  • 1 Cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ Cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian seasoning, dried
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon zest
  • basil, fresh, thinly sliced, for garnish

Instructions 

For the Salmon:

  • Brush olive oil on top of salmon filets using a basting brush. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add salmon filets to the skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes on each side. Lower the heat and allow the salmon to cook through to the center. Remove filets from the skillet and set them aside on a plate.

For the Sauce:

  • Add butter to the same skillet. Once melted, add onions and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and cook for 1 or 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Whisk in the chicken broth, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and lemon zest. Simmer the sauce for 2 or 3 minutes until thickened.
  • Return salmon filets to the skillet and spoon the sauce on top.
  • Turn the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped basil and serve immediately.

Notes

Choose fresh salmon: Opt for fresh, high-quality salmon filets with the skin on for extra flavor and moisture retention.
Pat dry the salmon: Before seasoning, pat the salmon filets dry with paper towels so that you get a good sear.
Don’t overcook: Salmon cooks quickly, taking no more than about 3 or 4 minutes per side depending on thickness. Aim for an internal temperature of 125°F (52°C) for medium-rare or 135°F (57°C) for medium.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 914mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1218IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 2mg
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This marry me salmon recipe has become a standout in my kitchen for cooking salmon. The combination of parmesan cheese, lemon and garlic infuses beautifully into both the sauce and the perfectly seared salmon. Pan-searing followed by a gentle simmer in the creamy parmesan sauce ensures the salmon becomes tender and flaky, making every bite a melt-in-your-mouth experience.

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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