Creamy garlic, lemon & spinach salmon in a white pot

Creamy garlic, lemon & spinach salmon

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 2

Cook our 20-minute salmon supper for two and serve with sweet potato mash. It takes just a handful of ingredients to make and delivers two of your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal721
  • fat44g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre7g
  • protein43g
  • salt0.5g


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or rapeseed oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 170g baby spinach
  • 1 lemon, zested and ½ juiced, ½ thinly sliced



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 75g mascarpone
  • 5 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pierce the sweet potatoes a few times each and microwave on high for 5 mins until soft (alternatively, bake for 35-40 mins). Keep warm until ready to serve.

  2. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and lightly brown the salmon on both sides – don’t worry about it being cooked through at this point. Transfer the salmon to a plate, wipe out the pan and heat the remaining oil. Cook the garlic for 30 seconds, without letting it brown, then add the spinach, lemon zest and juice and some seasoning. Stir in the mascarpone and 2 tbsp of the milk and cook until the spinach has wilted.

  3. Tip the spinach mix into an ovenproof dish and top with the lemon slices and salmon fillets. Bake for 5-8 mins until the salmon is cooked through.

  4. Meanwhile, scoop the sweet potato flesh from the skins and mash with the remaining milk and some seasoning. Serve the sweet potato mash alongside the salmon and creamy spinach.

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1st Jun, 2020
Absolutely love this recipe!! I have made it around 5 time’s now - sometimes I just steam the fish in the creamy sauce rather than bake to save time, I also use lemon from a bottle as I always have it in the fridge and serve with regular mash. I will definitely continue to make this regularly!!
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Che Guevaraa
22nd Mar, 2020
This was delicious and so easy to make.
Zoe Tribe
18th Jan, 2020
Very delicious considering how straight forward a recipe this is. I added a tablespoon of pesto along with the mascapone - even better.
13th Jan, 2020
V.nice! Will make again. For my fellow novices: I left the skin on the salmon and it was fine. And my sweet-potato needed over double the time in the microwave, probs depend on the size of the potato, cooking them longer was fine.
13th Sep, 2019
Gorgeous! Easy to make and full of flavour! Will be making again.
6th Apr, 2019
Easy and straight forward. Tasted fantastic! I added alot more mascarpone (3/4 if a tub ... the rest went in the mash so i didnt waste any!) gave a better flavour and more sauce. Will definitely be cooking again soon!
9th Jul, 2019
I want to make this tonight but can't find mascarpone. Has anyone tried anything as a substitute?
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11th Jul, 2019
Thanks for your question. The flavour will differ slightly but we'd suggest crème fraîche as an alternative.
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