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One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon

This One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon is an easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick!

One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com

I stayed up way too late last night because of an iPhone game. Yes, an iPhone game. What the heck. It started innocently enough, with my husband saying, “hey honey, here’s a game I think you’d like.” I was all “pshh no thanks, I don’t have time for games.” But then he said the magic words… You know the ones. He said, “I bet you can’t beat my high score.” And suddenly I was all, “what is this game called? Where do I get it? When can I start playing? Bring. It. On.” And then it turned into a battle. We looked at the clock at one point and couldn’t believe how late it was and how long we had been staring at our phones. Ugh. The good news is, I went to bed secure in the knowledge that I had indeed gotten the high score. Take that, sucka!

I’ve always considered myself pretty much the opposite of competitive. “I hate to compete with people!” I’ve always said… But you know what? I think I actually just hate losing. And for that reason, I avoid competition most of the time. Isn’t it awful when you realize a sad truth about yourself that you never fully understood before? But really, I literally don’t think I could have gone to sleep until I got the high score. And while I’m pretty good at getting through the day on little sleep without being overly tired or dragging, I know that I’m not as productive as I could be when I’m lacking sleep. Which means a) I end up working a lot later into the evening and b) I need something easy for dinner or else we run the risk of ordering takeout. Enter this One-Pan Chipotle Salmon.

Any meal that’s a one-pan meal is automatically going to get my vote when I’m overtired. Cooking is hard enough; washing dishes is downright torture. Are you with me?? One-pan salmon means I can make it, eat it, and clean it up in no time at all.

Collage showing the steps for making One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon

Plus, it’s so easy to eat unhealthily when you’re tired, so having some easy go-to healthy-ish meals that are also super satisfying are important. Salmon fits the bill of being healthy. Chipotle salmon takes care of being satisfying. There is some cream in this dish, but in my opinion, it’s so worth it. If you want to cut some calories/fat, you can totally use half and half instead.

One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com

I used both chipotle peppers and sun-dried tomatoes in this dish because I wanted to jazz it up a bit. It wasn’t until I looked at my photos that I realized chipotles and sun-dried tomatoes look incredibly similar and one might think this dish is loaded with chipotle peppers. But don’t worry; this meal is only mildly spicy; the kind of spice that packs in a ton of flavor, with the addition of a little sweetness from the tomatoes.

One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com

I served my chipotle salmon over brown rice, but you can most definitely use cauliflower rice or quinoa, or anything you desire. You can even serve the salmon by itself if you want, but I have to warn you that that sauce is absolutely incredible when mixed with rice or something similar. Otherwise, you might have to just slurp the remaining sauce off your plate.

One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com

Since I was only cooking for Chris and myself, we had plenty of leftovers for the next day. I don’t always love salmon leftovers, but this was a major exception. Sometimes I see “cooking for 2” recipes that I want to try, but then I realize I’d be so sad without leftovers. Dinner leftovers at lunch are the best!

And since I now work from home, I can happily heat up my leftover chipotle salmon in the microwave without worrying about offending my co-workers. My dog is the opposite of offended by my heating up leftover salmon. Except when I don’t share with her… And while I’m usually happy to give her salmon, something tells me the chipotle peppers wouldn’t be the best idea for her.

One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com

But for me? They are indeed the very best idea.

OK, excuse me while I go cry in the corner because my husband has now BEAT the game we were playing and I cannot torture myself by staying up late again to battle it out. Sob. This is why I don’t compete. Or play games on my iPhone. But if you want to get sucked into a deep dark hole, feel free to download Fire Up! from the app store. Just don’t beat my high score. Please.

Do you have a favorite one-pan meal or a meal that’s healthy and leaves you with few dirty dishes?

Salmon is one of my favorite meals to cook and you can see many of my other salmon recipes here.

5 from 19 votes
One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com
One Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon is an easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick!

Course: Entree
Servings: 4 servings
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 lb. salmon, cut into 4 filets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, plus 1 Tbsp oil from jar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chipotle peppers (from about 3 chipotle peppers)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp adobo sauce (from chipotle peppers)
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
Instructions
  1. Lightly season salmon filets on each side with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add salmon to the pan, skin-side-up and cook for about 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4 minutes skin-side-down. Remove salmon from pan and set aside on a plate.

  3. Add sun-dried tomatoes, oil, chipotle peppers, and onion to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant and onions are translucent.

  4. Add broth to pan and bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bit from the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Once simmering, slowly pour the cream into the pan, followed by the adobo sauce. Stir. Add spinach to pan and cook for about 30 seconds, until spinach is wilted.

  5. Add salmon back to pan to heat through, spooning sauce over the salmon.

  6. Serve over brown rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or whatever you desire! Be sure to spoon extra sauce over the salmon when serving.

One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon -- An easy-to-make meal packed with chipotle peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and a creamy sauce with a little kick | wearenotmartha.com

24 Responses to "One-Pan Creamy Chipotle Salmon"

  1. Sharon says:

    This dish looks absolutely mouth watering, delicious! Love that there are leftovers…such a bonus!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh wow, this looks amazing! I work from home too so no offending my co-workers! Just tempting my pets, lol!

  3. Demeter says:

    Haha sometimes you just have to beat that high score! šŸ˜‚ And chipotle sauce is always so yummy!

  4. When I saw the picture of the salmon my mouth started watering and wow! I love this idea of combining the sun-dried tomatoes with the chipotles. Great call, I love bold flavors.

  5. Ruchi says:

    Love Salmon and this Chipotle Salmon look so delicious. Adding it to my meal plan!

  6. Traci says:

    I love salmon and all the flavors you have going on here! And of course, you had me at one pan šŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  7. This sounds so delicious! Chipotle is the best flavor – pairing it with salmon sounds absolutely amazing!

  8. Emilie says:

    Love one pan dinners! I’d probably have to cut down on the peppers though for my kids who can’t handle any spice. Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Laura says:

    This salmon recipe sounds perfect for me and my family. We love salmon and I have a load of sun dried tomatoes I can use. No leftovers in my household, I am afraid

  10. Wow, this looks AMAZING! I’ve never made salmon like this… that’s gonna change ASAP! I love these flavors and colors together too. šŸ™‚

  11. Hahaha….I remember when I was a kid throwing a complete tantrum cause I didn’t want to stop playing the game….I just had to get to the next level. Oh my! These days, I do love to play the occasional game of Mario and I maintain my composure a little more (or that’s what I tell myself, lol). Anywho – this looks awesome, Sues! I have yet to try chipotle with salmon so this has got to happen. Looks fabulous!

  12. Beth says:

    Hehe! On the games! They do suck you in! The only reason your husband beat you is because you were working and he was playing the dumb game! šŸ™‚ This salmon looks fantastic! Salmon is my favorite and I love this sauce you’ve come up!

  13. Sues says:

    @Beth haha I love your comment… VERY good point!! šŸ™‚

  14. First of all, this looks delicious. Second….what game??

  15. Rachel says:

    This looks so spicy and savory that it’s hard to believe it’s fish for dinner!

  16. This looks delicious! I’ve never cooked with chipotle peppers, but I love sundried tomatoes and salmon. I’m gonna have to give this recipe a try

  17. Such great flavors in this salmon dish! Perfect weeknight meal, tasty and nutritious!

  18. haha. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t have any games on my phone anymore and save it for long flights! As for the salmon. I want some please!

  19. Amanda Mason says:

    Oh my goodness you have my heart with this dish! I’m SOOOO making this this week! ALL my favorite ingredients! I might leave out the heavy cream though to make it a bit healthier but YES to this recipe! Pictures are so appetizing!!!!

  20. Sharon says:

    I love spicy food and you made regular salmon into something spectacular with this recipe. Delicious!

  21. I love one pan dishes for easy weeknight meals! This one looks delicious!

  22. This dish looks so flavorful. I have never thought of these ingredient combinations. I am excited to try it.

  23. Jennifer says:

    Iā€™m always looking for new salmon recipes and this one looks delish!

  24. Paige says:

    This looks really creamy and savory, yum with the rice!

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