How to Cook Stuffed Salmon

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Full of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is an excellent choice for a healthy meal. There are so many ways to cook salmon to perfection, be it in the oven, on the stove or on the grill. Stuffing salmon and baking it in the oven is a tasty way to keep the fish moist and infuse it with flavor. Sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach, basil and feta cheese make an excellent opinion for stuffing fish, and you can get creative with additional ideas listed below.

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Stuffed salmon makes a hearty, healthy meal.
Stuffed salmon makes a hearty, healthy meal. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Things You'll Need

  • 2 half-pound salmon fillets (or a 1-pound salmon fillet)
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • 1/3  cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Step 1: Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 F, and spray an oven-safe cooking dish with oil.

Evenly coat the bottom of a baking dish.
Evenly coat the bottom of a baking dish. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Make the Filling

Use a paper towel to dab some of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes before placing them on a cutting board and chopping them.

Chop the sun-dried tomatoes.
Chop the sun-dried tomatoes. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the oil and chopped sun-dried tomatoes to a skillet over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally or until fragrant.

Cook the sun-dried tomatoes until fragrant.
Cook the sun-dried tomatoes until fragrant. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Add the baby spinach and chopped basil leaves to the skillet. It's OK if the skillet seems very full -- the leaves will wilt and cook down. Stir occasionally until the leaves have completely wilted, about 3 minutes.

Add the spinach and basil.
Add the spinach and basil. (Image: Julia Mueller)
Saute until the leaves have wilted.
Saute until the leaves have wilted. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Turn off the cooking element, and remove the skillet from the heat. Add the feta cheese and stir until well combined with the other ingredients.

Add the feta cheese to the skillet.
Add the feta cheese to the skillet. (Image: Julia Mueller)
Stir until everything is combined.
Stir until everything is combined. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 3: Prepare the Salmon

Place salmon fillets (or fillet) on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to carefully slice the salmon through the center, just until the knife almost reaches the other side.

Slice the salmon through the middle.
Slice the salmon through the middle. (Image: Julia Mueller)
Cut until just before you reach the other edge.
Cut until just before you reach the other edge. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Tip

  • It's OK if you cut all the way through the salmon fillet. You can still stuff it by placing the slices one on top of the other.

Step 4: Stuff the Salmon

Use a large spoon to distribute the stuffing into the centers of each of the salmon fillets.

Add the filling to the edges of the salmon.
Add the filling to the edges of the salmon. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Carefully transfer the salmon fillets to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Put the raw stuffed salmon in the baking dish.
Put the raw stuffed salmon in the baking dish. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 5: Bake

Bake salmon on the center rack of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. If the fillets started out thinner than 1 inch, it should take 20 to 25 minutes. Salmon fillets that started out thicker than one inch will take closer to 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and use a spatula to serve alongside your favorite side dishes.

Serve this stuffed salmon with a side salad for a healthy meal.
Serve this stuffed salmon with a side salad for a healthy meal. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Tip

  • Substitutions and serving suggestions:

    • Replace the basil with fresh sage, thyme or parsley.
    • Include 2 cloves of minced garlic, and saute with other veggies until softened.
    • Atlantic, sockeye or king salmon work well with this recipe. As an alternative, try halibut.
    • Use goat cheese instead of feta.
    • Replace sun-dried tomatoes with halved cherry tomatoes. If using cherry tomatoes, increase measurement to 1 cup.
    • Add dried seasonings and herbs such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil, Italian seasoning or Herbs de Provence.
    • Stuff the salmon with a homemade crab or shrimp salad.
    • Serve with lemon wedges, or drizzle fresh lemon juice over the dish before serving.
    • Sprinkle feta, goat or Parmesan cheese over the fish before serving.
    • Serve the dish with a green salad, quinoa salad, baked potato, steamed broccoli or roasted asparagus.

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(Image: Julia Mueller)
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