Want salmon dinner ideas? These easy salmon recipes are some of the best ways to include this tender fish on your table!
Looking for salmon dinner ideas? This tender fish is a popular choice when it comes to dinner: but it’s notoriously tricky to cook it right. Here we’ve put together all the best easy salmon recipes to make dinnertime delicious! Whether it’s pan seared, baked, grilled, or smothered in a sticky glaze, there are so many ways to make this healthy fish taste extraordinary. Or think outside the fillet with burgers, tacos, salad and more. Ready to get cooking?
When it comes to flavor and simplicity, this Honey Garlic Salmon recipe delivers. The salmon is pan fried for brown, seared exterior, then baked in the oven until it’s perfectly tender. Drench it all in this sticky honey garlic sauce, a sweet savory glaze that adds layers of complexity in flavor. It’s one of our top salmon dinner ideas to make at home!
If there’s one salmon recipe that always goes over well in this house, it’s tacos. These salmon tacos are bursting with fresh, zingy flavor, pairing blackened salmon with pineapple pico and a creamy green avocado sauce. It’s an easy healthy dinner that tastes restaurant-style, but you can whip it up in about 30 minutes.
Here’s a basic method every cook should know: Pan Seared Salmon! This is one of the best ways to cook salmon in a flash because it’s fast, it’s easy, and it results in incredible flavor. Pan fried is quicker than baked: plus you get the perfect crispy crust on the salmon.
Here’s an impressive dinner idea that’s calling your name: these irresistible Salmon Burgers! Each bite is hearty and juicy, topped with a creamy remoulade sauce that takes it to rockstar status. It's every bit as satisfying as a standard burger.
Salmon is notoriously easy to over cook and under-season. Meet the Perfect Grilled Salmon! It’s an easy method and comes out tender with a lightly crisp crust. Even better, it’s sprinkled with our tasty magical seasoning blend: or you can make Grilled Marinated Salmon with this tasty juicy marinade.
Need an easy salmon dinner idea? Enter: Lemon Dill Salmon! It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s even fancy enough for entertaining. Throw it on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 10 minutes! It comes out perfectly savory, and doused in a zingy lemon dill sauce it’s pretty irresistible.
Looking for easy salmon recipes? Here’s one to add to your regular rotation: try this baked Salmon Pasta recipe! This recipe is bursting with flavor, from tender flakes of salmon, zingy lemon and capers, and mix of Mediterranean-style vegetables. Salty feta cheese crumbles are baked right along with the salmon, and when you mix it all together it’s a true symphony of flavor.
Salmon for dinner? Here’s an easy method for oven baked salmon that works every time! Salmon is deceptively hard to cook. With many different varieties and thicknesses of fish, it can be hard to get it right! This baked salmon in foil removes the guesswork so that the fish comes out tender and flaky. It’s the perfect healthy dinner recipe and takes just 30 minutes to make.
So here’s a fun salmon dinner idea: the Simple Salmon Bowl! The tender, seasoned fish is offset with rice, crisp tender broccoli, and covered in an easy, creamy flavor popping sauce. Drizzle with Tahini Dressing or Miso Dressing, and prepare to be amazed.
Another easy salmon recipe? Try Salmon with Capers! The baked salmon is infused with lemon and herbs and cooked until it’s perfectly moist. Then drizzle over a silky lemon caper sauce. Just a small drizzle packs a huge punch — and the modest quantity keeps it healthy
Here’s an impressive dinner idea that’s packed with umami and fantastically irresistible: Miso Salmon! Miso makes magic in the kitchen: it adds incredible savory flavor to everything it touches. Here it features in a miso glaze that’s so full of flavor, you’ll want to brush a glossy swipe onto just about everything.
Want the perfect zingy sauce to add life to baked salmon? Try this Pesto Salmon! Bright green pesto goes hand in hand with tender baked fish to make a stunning dinner. Because really: what isn’t better with a little pesto on top? The savory, garlicky sauce makes the flaky fish pop: you’ll already be taking your second bite before finishing the first.
Imagine: tender, perfectly seasoned chunks of salmon nestled with bursts of crunchy romaine, juicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy croutons. It’s all covered in a creamy homemade Caesar dressing that makes each bite absolutely sublime. This one is a smash hit every time.
Need a salmon recipe for weeknights? Try this Maple Glazed Salmon! The fish comes out perfectly tender and flaky, the best part? It’s liberally spread with a sweet and tangy maple balsamic glaze. This turned out so tasty, and it takes just a few minutes to cook in the broiler.
Want an interesting salmon dinner idea? Try this Salmon Sandwich with Dill Sauce! There’s something so satisfying about a good fish sandwich, and this one is irresistibly tasty. Throw a fillet of Old-Bay seasoned pan seared salmon onto a bun, then top with feta crumbles, red onion and creamy, lemony dill sauce.
Want a salmon recipe to impress? This Cajun Salmon is so tender and full of savory flavor, everyone around the table will fall head over heels. This beautiful piece of fish has a crispy blackened top, seasoned with a special blend of homemade Cajun spices. It packs a bit of heat, just enough to make you immediately want another bite.
Looking for an easy salmon recipe to impress everyone? Try this Pistachio Crusted Salmon! This method for cooking fish seems like something you’d get at a restaurant, but it’s so simple to make. The aroma wafting from the oven will have you salivating before the food even reaches your plate! Each bite of tender fish and the crunchy, Parmesan pistachio topping makes you immediately want to take another.
Love salmon and looking for a new way to prepare it? Try this Lemon Garlic Salmon! The tender, flaky fish is draped in a lemon butter sauce that tastes like pure gold. It’s rich and zingy, bringing a pop of flavor to each bite. Adding a sauce makes this salmon so much more flavorful than cooking it with lemon or even just spritzing it with juice.
One of the best ways to cook salmon? Broiled! Do away with your baked salmon recipes: with broiled, you don’t even need to preheat your oven! Let it come to room temp, then broil it for 7 to 10 minutes until cooked through. Easy as that! While it broils, we highly recommend making up our lemon caper sauce. It makes the fish sing with tangy and briny flavor!
This Blackened Salmon is so flavor filled, you’ll feel like you ordered it at a restaurant. Even better: it’s fast and easy. The cooking process takes just 5 to 8 minutes. The homemade blackened seasoning has a savory intrigue and makes a crispy black crust on the outside of the fish.
We’ve got a new solution to an easy salmon recipe that pleases everyone: Baked Salmon and Asparagus! It’s simple, it’s elegant, but it tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. Roasting it up on a sheet pan with lemon slices and fresh herbs adds effortless flavor that feels fresh yet refined.
This teriyaki salmon will become your weeknight go-to. It’s got a quick homemade teriyaki sauce, and best of all: no marinating needed! Do a quick sear on the stovetop, paint with teriyaki, then bake for a few minutes until cooked through. It’s quick and easy, and makes for a beautiful piece of salmon to adorn your plate.
Looking for a quick way to cook salmon? Try Poached Salmon! This method might not be the most popular, but it’s seriously fast and easy: just 15 minutes start to finish. The result? Perfectly tender, mild fish that melts in your mouth. Try it with a creamy sauce or flaked into a salmon Caesar salad.
Here’s a meal that consistently makes everyone who takes a bite say Wow. Try this Pecan Crusted Salmon! It has an air of restaurant-style fancy, but it’s quick and easy to whip up on a weeknight. It takes basic salmon to the next level, coating it in a crunchy topping of nuts, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.
Here's a fun spin on the classic French Nicoise salad! Swap out the traditional tuna for salmon and you’ve got an impressive dinner that will please anyone. Use smoked or canned salmon to keep it super simple, or use whatever cooking method you like.
Tips for buying good salmon
When buying salmon for these salmon recipes, there’s one rule to keep in mind: get the best quality fish you can find and afford! Low quality salmon can taste very fishy and have a mushy texture, or have a lot of that white stuff when it’s cooked (see below). The quality of the fish can make or break a dish. Here’s what to look for:
Look for wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. (There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.)
Tend toward fresh salmon. Buying salmon fresh from the fish counter usually has the best flavor. But frozen can work too. Just try to find higher quality frozen salmon and not a big economy-sized bag (we’ve found this type can taste very fishy).
Know your types of salmon. Coho salmon has a nice mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but it’s on the expensive end. Atlantic salmon is often farmed, but can be a sustainable option; we find it’s better when purchased from a fresh counter (versus frozen). Ask about its source at the fish counter.
Main methods for cooking salmon
There are five major methods for how to cook salmon, which are reflected in the salmon recipes above! No matter the method, we recommend using a food thermometer to assess doneness. Salmon is done when the internal temperature measures 125 to 130°F at the thickest point for medium cooked salmon (medium rare is 120°F). The fish will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat. To ensure full safety, the FDA recommended temperature for seafood is 145 degrees, or well done.
7 minutes for thin salmon and 10 minutes for thick salmon
The white stuff: albumin
Ever noticed that gooey white stuff that sometimes appears on the surface of the fish after it’s cooked? It’s perfectly normal: it’s coagulated protein that seeps to the surface while cooking, called albumin. The amount of albumin varies greatly depending on the specific piece of fish you buy, so it’s not something you can control. (Read more here.) It’s safe to eat, but it does look less than appetizing on top of a beautiful fillet. Here are a few ways to reduce the albumin when you cook salmon:
Cook it at a lower temperature to cook it more gently (325 degrees Fahrenheit)
Brine the salmon in a salt and water solution before baking.
More with salmon
There are so many ways to enjoy this tasty, tender fish! Here are a few more ideas:
For the garnish: Minced green onions, toasted sesame seeds
Place the salmon on a plate on the counter and allow it to come to room temperature before cooking, about 15 to 20 minutes (this is about the time it takes for the oven to preheat). Pat the fillets dry, then rub neutral oil on all sides of salmon. Sprinkle with kosher salt.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Meanwhile, make the sauce (makes ½ cup): In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, oil, garlic powder, grated ginger and grated garlic over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low.
In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and whisk until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. (Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.) Divide the honey garlic sauce into a bowl with 3 tablespoons and a bowl with the remainder.
When the oven is preheated, heat a dry oven-proof skillet over high heat until very hot. Place the salmon skin side up onto the hot skillet. Cook without touching for 2 to 3 minutes to sear the top of the salmon, until the center of the salmon is starting to cook and you see a layer of cooked flesh. Turn off the heat and use a thin spatula to flip the salmon. Brush the top and sides of the salmon with the reserved 3 tablespoons honey garlic sauce.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on thickness of salmon), until just cooked through. The internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F when measured at the thickest point of the fillet.
Use a hot pad to remove the skillet from the oven. Spoon the desired amount of remaining honey garlic sauce onto the top (typically we use another 3 tablespoons). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onions and serve.