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Tender, flaky salmon fillets rubbed in a bold smoky rub, stuffed with a creamy spinach artichoke filling and baked to perfection! You’ll feel like you’ve ordered stuffed salmon from a fancy restaurant!

It seems like salmon recipes are the rage all over the place, so I have been working on loads of different recipes to cook salmon in different ways and with different flavors.

We have a classic garlic butter salmon, a BBQ salmon in the air fryer, a teriyaki salmon, a baked maple mustard maple salmon, a grilled salmon, an Asian sticky salmon, and a sweet and spicy orange salmon. I’m still working on a smoked salmon, so stay tuned! But this stuffed salmon has a story behind it…

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Salmon

This last spring my family was just about to board a cruise ship with my parents when we got a text that changed everything; “Tom isn’t doing well. They’ve brought in hospice.”

You see, my entire life my parents were best friends with Tom and Peggy Glem. No, best friends doesn’t really describe it. More like family, they were family. Our kids matched up well in ages. Our vacations were often spent together, holidays were moments and memories and laughter and even our recipes seemed to run together. But no one was closer than mom and Peggy.

I always say that to have a “Peggy” means that you have the best kind of friendship possible. Because of Mom and Peggy, dad and Tom really didn’t have a choice but to become close as well. He was all about the tease, the lemon meringue pie, the fishing and the adventure. He was genuine and he loved his family. Like really loved them. Regardless of who walked in his door and how they were living their lives Tom truly tried to see them and love them.

Tom made it just a few short days and then all gathered for his funeral. Much like Peggy, Tom was taken far too soon, and far too young. This last year has brought a lot of change and chaos into our lives. There have been miracles, blessings, memories and laughter for sure, but I also can’t help but notice how quickly my life is changing.

A daughter about to head off to college, the friends of my parents, whom I have known and love for all my life, struggling through grief, death, poor health, and tragedies and the world spinning, and confusion, it’s a year unlike any other I’ve ever experienced.

I have found myself wanting to really be present to acknowledge those who have come before me to acknowledge the life that I’ve had, and the life that is still ahead of me and so to most, this will just be a stuffed salmon recipe with the most delicious spinach artichoke filling that’s like a combination of your favorite appetizer and dinner all in one but for me this is something special this recipe gives a nod to Peggy and how I will honor her forever for the friendship and love she showed to my sweet mother, as well as the salmon a fish that reminds me of Tom and his adventures spirit, and for the friendship, he gave my father.

For friends really are one of the greatest gifts of life but when a man has a best friend, that seems to be something extra special, so I’m grateful for those two. I hope that my life will be filled with such friendships.

a photo of a stuffed salmon fillet that has been stuffed with creamy spinach artichoke dip and baked to golden perfection

Ingredients for Stuffed Salmon

You’re going to a need a few ingredients to make this stuffed salmon happen. There are items for the spinach artichoke filling, seasonings for the rub and then ingredients for the garlic butter sauce that gets poured over top. Here is what you will need:

  • Salmon Fillets
  • Filling: Cream Cheese, Mayonnaise, Artichokes Hearts, Garlic, Dill, Salt, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Frozen Chopped Spinach
  • Rub: Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Salt and Olive Oil
  • Sauce: Butter and Garlic
    • Note: If you have to have lemon with your salmon, squeeze the lemon juice from half a lemon and whisk it into the garlic butter sauce.
  • Cherry Tomatoes

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post. Scroll down for all the details.

a photo of a bowl full of creamy spinach artichoke filling for stuffed salmon

What is the Best Type of Salmon for Stuffed Salmon?

The type of salmon is less important than the thickness of the salmon fillets. You want nice thick fillets so you have plenty of room for stuffing them. A king Salmon or Atlantic salmon are usually thick and meaty and should work great.

How to Pick Good Fresh Salmon

Buying salmon at the grocery store can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be! There are a few things to look for…

  • Touch – when you gently press the salmon, it should bounce back and not leave an indentation
  • Smell – good fresh salmon should not have a fishy smell
  • Color – vibrant, deep shades of red/coral/pink is what you are after and there shouldn’t be any brown spots anywhere on the fillet
  • Appearance – it should look moist and not dried out
a photo of a creamy spinach artichoke stuffed salmon fillet surrounded by cooked cherry tomatoes with a fork removing a bite.

How to Make Stuffed Salmon

Stuffed salmon is decadent and fancy but the beauty of it is that it’s super easy to make! Anyone can do it! Here are the basic steps:

  1. Make the filling. Blend everything for the filling together in a blender.
  2. Stir in the spinach.
  3. Cut slits in the side of each salmon fillet with a sharp knife to create little pockets. Stuff with the spinach artichoke mixture.
  4. Prepare the dry rub. Drizzle a little olive oil on each fillet and then sprinkle the dry rub all over them and rub it in.
  5. Place the fillets in a sprayed baking dish, toss a couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes around the fillets and bake uncovered.
  6. While the salmon is baking, prepare the garlic butter. Then drizzle it over the top of each fillet.

Keep scrolling to the end of the post to read the complete instructions in the recipe card.

a photo of a seasoned baked salmon fillet that has been stuff with a spinach artichoke filling

What How This Recipe is Made…

What is the White Stuff that Comes Out of Salmon When It Cooks?

When salmon bakes, there is a protein inside salmon called albumin that coagulates and becomes solid. It’s the same protein that is in egg whites. It is common for it to seep out of the salmon as it cook. It’s harmless and flavorless.

What to Eat with Stuffed Salmon

How to Store Stuffed Salmon

Leftover spinach artichoke stuff salmon should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it will keep for 1-2 days.

I recommend reheating the salmon in the oven rather than the microwave. Place the leftover stuffed salmon in a baking dish and place foil loosely over the dish. Reheat at 350 degrees F until warmed through.

a photo of a spice rubbed salmon fillet that stuffed with a creamy artichoke and spinach filling and baked until flaky and golden.

If you have followed us for long, you will know that I’m not a huge seafood lover, but there is a demand out there for salmon recipes. And I get it! It’s healthy and mild in flavor. It’s a beautiful fish. Stuffed salmon with creamy spinach and artichokes is my newest favorite salmon recipe!

More Tasty Salmon Recipes:

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

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Tender, flaky salmon fillets rubbed in a bold smoky rub and stuffed with a creamy spinach artichoke filling and baked to perfection! You’ll feel like you’ve ordered stuffed salmon from a fancy restaurant!

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  • In a blender, blend everything for the filling but the spinach until smooth.

    3 oz Cream Cheese, 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise, 1/3 Cup Artichokes Hearts, 1 Clove Garlic, 1/2 teaspoon Dill, Salt, 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

  • Stir in the spinach.

    1/4 Cup Frozen Chopped Spinach

  • Cut a slit in each salmon filet and stuff with the dip.

    4 Salmon Filets

  • Mix together the rub.

    1 teaspoon Chili Powder, 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika, 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • Drizzle olive oil over the filets and then the rub over that. Place the filets into a sprayed baking dish and add about a cup of grape or cherry tomatoes around the filets.

    Olive Oil, 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes

  • Bake at 375 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until desired doneness.

  • Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan with the garlic over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat.

    4 Tablespoons Butter, 2 Cloves Garlic

  • Pour over the baked salmon and enjoy!

Serving: 1filetCalories: 511kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 39gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 822mgPotassium: 1028mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 2383IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 2mg

Author: Sweet Basil

Course: Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas

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