15-Minute Salmon & Creamy Orzo with Spinach & Mushrooms

In this quick salmon dinner, salmon fillets are paired with creamy orzo, wilted spinach and earthy mushrooms. Cooking the salmon at a high temperature helps speed up the cooking in this healthy dinner recipe. Look for pre-sliced mushrooms to speed it up even more.

15-Minute Salmon & Creamy Orzo with Spinach & Mushrooms
Photo: Brie Passano
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 1 ¾ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • teaspoon ground pepper plus ¼ teaspoon, divided

  • 1 ½ cups sliced mushrooms

  • 1 cup whole-wheat orzo

  • 4 cups lightly packed baby spinach

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds center-cut salmon, cut into 4 portions


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. Stir broth, cream, garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper together in a large skillet. Add mushrooms and orzo, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in spinach, reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer, cover and cook until the orzo is tender and the sauce has reduced and thickened, 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, brush oil on both sides of salmon pieces. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast until just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve the salmon with the orzo.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

459 Calories
18g Fat
35g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 459
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 38g 76%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Vitamin A 3945IU 79%
Sodium 434mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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