15 Minute Fridays : One-pan Chili-Garlic Salmon and Spinach

July 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm (European, Recipes) (, , , , , )

I try to make a point of cooking every night but sometimes, the energy just isn’t there on a Friday. The key to avoiding the take-out trap is to embrace simplicity.  There are plenty of ways to pull together a healthy, nutritious meal in a flash if you follow the principles of less-is-more.  Fish is great for this; it cooks quickly and requires little embellishment.  We threw this dinner together in less than 15 minutes with more of the summer sockeye catch and served it with some leftover nicoise-ish salad.  Effortless, delicious and leaving plenty of time for unwinding after a long week at work.

One-pan Seared Salmon

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 skinless fillets salmon, pin-boned (~1/2 pound each)
  • 3 cups spinach, washed and not drained too thoroughly
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbs olive oil, plus extra
  • optional: dried chili flakes, lemon juice


  1. Mix together the cayenne pepper,  1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt, pepper and 2 tbs olive oil in a small bowl.  Rub the mixture over the salmon fillets and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium and brush with some olive oil.  Add the salmon and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until done.  Test with a fork for done-ness; you want the fish to be slightly pink in the middle.
  3. About 2 minutes into cooking the fish on the second side, toss the spinach with the remaining 1/2 tsp garlic powder and add to the pan.  Stir occasionally until wilted, the moisture left on the leaves will stop it from sticking to the pan.  If the spinach is done before the fish is cooked, just pile it on top of the fish until ready.
  4. If using, scatter with chili flakes and squeeze over some lemon to juice to serve.  This goes well with salad, rice, anything you have on hand really.


  1. Izzie's Kitchen said,

    Looks great 👍

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