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Salmon with Creamy Spinach & Hollandaise Sauce

During the next two weeks, I'll be sharing recipes suitable for the fat fast. If you follow my tweaked version, rather than the traditional approach, you won't need to eat 4-5 tiny meals a day. I personally prefer to eat 2 regular meals and a cup of coffee with cream instead of eating several small meals every 2-3 hours.

If you don't plan to make this meal specifically for the fat fast, you can use a larger piece of fish (~ 150-200g / 5.3-7.1 oz), more spinach (~ 200g / 7.1 oz) and less fat (just 1 tbsp butter should be enough).

Hollandaise, which is used in this meal, is extremely easy to make once you learn how to do it. My four fool-proof tips to perfectly smooth hollandaise would be:

  • Always cook it gently over a pot filled with boiling water and never allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl.
  • Keep mixing it at all times if you don't want to find any lumps.
  • Pour the butter (or ghee) in very slowly or it will curdle.
  • Never reheat your Hollandaise or it will curdle - make it fresh every time you use it just for the servings needed.

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Nutritional values (per serving):

3.7 grams 2.8 grams 34 grams 72.6 grams 40.3 grams 813 calories
Total Carbs6.5grams
Fiber2.8grams
Net Carbs3.7grams
Protein34grams
Fat72.6grams
of which Saturated40.3grams
Energy (calories)813kcal
Magnesium143mg (36% RDA)
Potassium1314mg (66% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (1.8%), protein (16.9%), fat (81.3%)

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

Instructions (electric blender / hand whisk method):

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F. Place the salmon in a baking tray and drizzle with half of the olive oil, ghee or coconut oil. Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the creamy spinach. Wash the spinach and place in a salad spinner to remove any excess water or pat dry with a paper towel.
  3. Grease a skillet with half of the olive oil (or ghee, coconut oil) and heat over medium-high heat. Add the spinach and cook for about 3-5 minutes while mixing. Season with salt.
  4. Add the heavy whipping cream (or coconut milk).
  5. Take off the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, prepare the Hollandaise sauce.
  6. Remove the salmon from the oven and set aside for 5 minutes.
  7. Place the creamed spinach on a serving plate and top with the baked salmon.
  8. Pour over the Hollandaise sauce and enjoy!

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Comments (29)

I read about Keto diet but I had so less options. I am so glad that I came across to your site. Every recipes are so simple and easy to cook yet more effective. Will definitely recommend to all of my friend's who are following Keto Diet. Thanks Martina.

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Thank you Sanjay!

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Hi Martina, Just came across your blog after searching Fat Fast recipes - excellent stuff here thank you! I have a question about this salmon recipe - am I right in reading that 1 serving here is 813 calories?

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Thank you Suzanne! Yes, that's correct. The Hollandaise itself is almost 300 kcal.

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It looks awful but it tastes absolutely amazing - salmon, spinach, hollandaise, are sumply made for each other... (excellent combo - J Oliver would say), but a more esthetic way to present it, could make it more classy & more suited for formal dining occasions... any ideas there?

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Thank you Rudi. It will help if you boil and drain the spinach really well before adding all the other ingredients on top of it. That will eliminate they greyish pond of juices Smile

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I made this tonight and even my husband liked it.  I messed up the hollandais sauce and ended up making the blender version.  It was a fantastic dish that we will make again!  Thanks!

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Thank you Lynei, I'm glad you liked it!

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Just washed up and sitting back thinking how really good that meal was.
I even attempted the sauce. Thanks so much for doing all the hard work so it's easy for us. Thank you.

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Thank you Germaine, glad you liked it! Smile

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Just made & eaten this. It was great, first time making hollandaise  to. A bit scary! Especially  has I was cooking  a separate  meal for my husband he doesn't eat fish!

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That's great Catherine, glad you liked it! Smile

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I poached my salmon in salted lemon water, then used the same skillet to saute the spinach with cream, but didn't make the sauce.  I put the salmon over the spinach and just added a squeeze of lemon juice over it all, even the cream in the spinach.  The family loved it, and it was fast, easy and tasty.  Thank you for the idea.  So far, I am loving all your recipes that I have tried.  You're amazing!

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Awesome! Thank you for your kind words Marie! Smile

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Nice colors, looks fabulous!

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Thank you Sylvie!

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This is an amazing recipe. The entire family loved it. Thank you.

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Thank you Katy, so happy you enjoyed it!

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The dish looks great. Make it easier with blender hollandaise. No mistakes. There's no "once you learn how to make it." Tastes just as good. Will hold in refrigerator for 2-3 days and you can serve it cold. What a great world.

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Thanks! How do you make the "blender Hollandaise"?

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i eat salmon regularly and this is a great variation!

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Thank you Dina! Smile

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Martina, this is wonderful! Cannot wait to make this for my family... What a gastronomic delight of flavours!  Thank you Thank you Thank you! Am so sharing this!

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Thank you Barbara!! <3

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My fave! I had no spinach so made it with mashed broccoli & cream today Smile

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Thanks Elisabeth, broccoli & cream sounds wonderful!

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This looks delicious! I was wondering about that... You fat fast list has so many great and easy looking recipes, and I was wondering if they can be used after the fat fast. So basically just up the quantity of protein a little an decrease the fat a little? It'd be really helpful to see a breakdown of the nutritional info for the dat fast version vs the non fat fast version of this meal! Thanks for all of your work! Love your recipes!

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Hi Ashley, thank you so much! Yes, exactly. You can add some protein (like here you can use a larger fish fillet) and less fat (maybe just 1 tbsp butter). This will decrease the calories and increase the protein which is more suitable for LCHF if you are not fat fasting Smile I just noticed that I missed the cream in my nutritional breakdown, so I'll just correct it now.
With 150g / 3.5 oz salmon, 200g / 7.1 oz spinach and only 1 tbsp cream and 1 tbsp butter (other ingredients remain the same), the macros would be:
Total carbs: 9.3g
Fibre: 4.5 g
Net carbs: 4.8 g
Protein: 41.5 g
Fat: 59.4 g
Energy: 730 kcal
Magnesium: 209 mg (53% RDA)
Potassium: 1820 mg (91% EMR)
This is 2.6% kcal from carbs, 23.1% kcal from protein, 74.3% kcal from fat.

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Thanks so much!

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