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One Pan Salmon Orzo with Spinach and Artichoke

5 from 1 vote
Gal Shua-Haim MS, RD – @somethingnutritious
Super easy one pan salmon orzo recipe for a rich and satisfying dinner.
Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :40 minutes
Total Time :45 minutes
Servings: 3




  • Combine the salmon seasonings together, then rub the spices over each salmon fillet.
  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, then add a drizzle of olive oil. Sear the salmon for about 3-4 minutes per side, until browned. Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the butter to the pan. Once melted, add the diced onion and frozen artichoke. Cook for about 5-6 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the garlic, lemon zest, spices, Dijon mustard, and orzo. Toss together for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour in the water and coconut milk, and mix together. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, taste and adjust the salt to your liking.
  • Add the Parmesan and spinach, and mix together. Place the salmon fillets back into the orzo. Cover the pan and let it simmer for another 7-8 minutes, until the water is absorbed. If preparing this ahead of time before serving, you can place the salmon back into the orzo off the flame and finish cooking the dish 10 minutes before dinner time.
  • Garnish with extra grated Parmesan, chopped parsley, and a drizzle of chili oil.


One pan salmon orzo recipe
Credit: Gal Shua-Haim MS, RD

What makes this one pan salmon orzo dish stand out?

This one pan salmon orzo dish stands out for its perfect blend of flavors and simplicity in preparation. Unlike traditional salmon recipes, it incorporates orzo pasta, adding a unique texture and heartiness to the dish. The combination of savory seasonings, tangy lemon zest, and creamy coconut milk creates a delightful symphony of flavors that elevate the salmon to new heights. Additionally, the one-pan cooking method streamlines the process, making it convenient for busy weeknights. With its balance of protein, carbs, and vegetables, this dish offers a wholesome and satisfying meal that is sure to impress even the most discerning palates.

One pan salmon orzo recipe
Credit: Gal Shua-Haim MS, RD

Can I prepare this dish in advance?

Yes, you can easily prepare this dish in advance to streamline mealtime. After cooking the salmon orzo, allow it to cool slightly before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate the dish for up to 2-3 days, ensuring it remains fresh. When ready to serve, simply reheat the salmon orzo on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. You may need to add a splash of water or coconut milk to revive the creamy texture. This make-ahead option allows for greater flexibility in meal planning and ensures a delicious and convenient dining experience whenever you’re ready to enjoy it.

One pan salmon orzo recipe
Credit: Gal Shua-Haim MS, RD

How to store this one pan salmon orzo

To store leftovers of this delightful one pan salmon orzo dish, let it cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate the leftovers promptly, ensuring they are consumed within 2-3 days for optimal freshness. When reheating, gently warm the dish on the stovetop over low heat, adding a splash of water or coconut milk if needed to maintain its creamy texture. Enjoy the flavorful leftovers as a convenient and delicious meal option for another day.

One pan salmon orzo recipe
Credit: Gal Shua-Haim MS, RD

Can I substitute any of the ingredients?

Certainly! This versatile salmon orzo recipe offers flexibility for ingredient substitutions based on personal preferences or dietary restrictions. For instance, you can swap salmon fillets with other types of fish like trout or cod. Additionally, if you don’t have orzo pasta on hand, you can substitute it with couscous or rice. Likewise, feel free to experiment with different vegetables or herbs to customize the dish to your liking. For those with dietary restrictions, alternatives such as dairy-free butter or plant-based milk can be used. With creative substitutions, you can tailor this dish to suit your taste and dietary needs effortlessly.

One pan salmon orzo recipe
Credit: Gal Shua-Haim MS, RD

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