Stuffed Salmon with Spinach, Capers, and Greek Yogurt

4 servings


20 minutes

active time

34 minutes

total time


2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, (plus more for greasing the pan)

1 shallot, (finely diced)

3 garlic cloves, (minced)

5 ounces baby spinach

2 fire-roasted red peppers (homemade, or jarred, diced)

2 tablespoons capers, (drained and roughly chopped)

1 small preserved lemon (homemade, or jarred, pith, peel and flesh finely chopped)

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper, (plus more for seasoning the salmon)

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, (plus more for seasoning the salmon)

Freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds salmon filet (at least 1-inch thick, sliced into 4 equal portions)

1 lemon, (half sliced into wedges, half reserved for juice)


Get ready. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a rimmed baking sheet with a thin layer of olive oil (about 2 teaspoons).

Prepare the spinach. Heat the 2 teaspoons olive oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until softened and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes.

Dry the spinach mixture. Scrape the wilted spinach into a fine-mesh strainer. Set the strainer over a small bowl or hold it over the sink while you use the spoon to press the spinach against the strainer a few times to drain the excess water.

Make the filling. Transfer the spinach mixture to a cutting board, roughly chop, then add it to a medium bowl. Add the roasted red peppers, capers, preserved lemon, Greek yogurt, Aleppo pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Stir to combine.

Make a pocket for the filling. Pat the salmon dry, then use a sharp knife to cut a slit down the side of each salmon filet without cutting through to the other side. Season the salmon all over with salt and pepper including inside the pockets.

Stuff and bake. Arrange the salmon skin-side down in the pan. Sprinkle the filets with extra Aleppo pepper if you’d like a little more heat and squeeze on the lemon juice. Spoon a quarter of the filling into each pocket. Bake until the fish is cooked through and flakes easily, 12 to 14 minutes.

Finish and serve. Serve immediately with extra lemon wedges on the side for squeezing.


Serving Size



292.7 kcal

Total Fat

13.2 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Unsaturated Fat

9.8 g

Trans Fat



93.9 mg


620.7 mg

Total Carbohydrate

6.9 g

Dietary Fiber

2.2 g

Total Sugars

1.6 g


36.4 g

4 servings


20 minutes

active time

34 minutes

total time
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