INGREDIENTS
Salmon:
4 skinless salmon fillets
Salt and pepper to season
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil divided
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Filling:
4 oz (120 g) cream cheese at room temp
4 oz (120 g) frozen spinach thawed
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional Garlic Butter:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS
• Place each salmon fillet on a flat surface. Season both sides with salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon olive oil and lemon juice. Cut a slit or pocket about 3/4 quarter of the way through, being careful not to cut all the way.
• Squeeze excess liquid out of the spinach and discard liquid. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the spinach, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
• Fill salmon ‘pockets’ with 1-2 tablespoons of the spinach dip, spreading evenly with the back of the spoon.
For Stove Top:
• Heat butter and remaining oil in a skillet (or non stick pan) over medium-high heat. Add the salmon and fry until golden (about 6 to 7 minutes). Carefully flip and allow to cook on the other side until golden and cooked through (another 6-7 minutes, depending on the size of your fillets).
• Optional: cover with a lid and continue cooking for a further 2-3 minutes, if necessary, until cooked through.
• Transfer to a warm plate to make garlic butter.
• Garlic Butter: Melt the butter in the remaining oil/juices in the pan leftover from the salmon. Add the garlic and lemon juice; saute until garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds). Remove and serve with the salmon.
For Oven Baked Salmon:
• Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place stuffed salmon fillets in a shallow lightly greased baking pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until salmon is cooked through, opaque in centre and flakes easily with fork.
• Pour pan juices out into a skillet or frying pan. Add butter, garlic and lemon juice; saute until garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds). Remove and serve with the salmon.

Makes 4 servings; count each serving as 3 proteins and 3 fats

Recipe courtesy of cafedelites.com