Easy Salmon Recipes

Salmon is one of the quickest and easiest ways to dinner! Here are all the best easy salmon recipes, from baked to broiled to grilled.

Sides to go with salmon

Salmon is one of the easiest ways to get healthy dinner on the table. It’s so quick to cook, and there are endless ways to serve it! But it’s also easy to get stuck in a rut and just make baked salmon with salt and pepper every time you make it. Here’s where we come in: Alex and I have lots of tasty and inventive salmon recipes to liven up your weeknight repertoire.

Here are all our best salmon recipes! We’ve got baked salmon that’s smothered in a lemon dill sauce, or broiled salmon in a sweet bourbon glaze. There’s salmon in a poke bowl, and salmon grilled on a cedar plank. Let’s get to the recipes…and scroll down for a bit more about buying sustainable seafood.

And now…the best easy salmon recipes!

Looking for an easy weeknight meal? Enter: this lemon dill salmon recipe! It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s even fancy enough for a dinner party. Baked salmon could not be simpler: 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.

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This broiled salmon is another showstopper in our salmon recipes! This one features a sweet and savory bourbon glaze that coats it in big flavor. The salmon is broiled, so it takes only a few minutes to cook! The bourbon glaze is what takes this salmon from ordinary to extraordinary. You’ll simmer bourbon with brown sugar and some other seasonings until it reduces down into a syrupy glaze. Make up the glaze ahead of time, and you've got a meal in minutes.

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Another great salmon recipe: serving it with chimichurri sauce! It takes only 10 minutes to bake up in the oven until it's cooked to tender perfection. Pair it with bright green chimichurri sauce, a parsley and garlic sauce that adds just the right tangy complement to the savory salmon. It comes out a beautiful neon green and it tastes beautifully fresh.

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Salmon en papillote is a classic salmon recipe that all cooks should know! It's a French method that ends up with perfectly cooked salmon. Here, the salmon is cooked in parchment paper (“en papillote”), and it comes out flaky and tender. You'll add pile of colorful veggies that cook alongside the salmon as well, making for a beautiful garnish. It's an easy meal idea that looks impressive!

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Here's a unique spin on a salmon recipe: a salmon poke bowl! Poke bowls are a traditionally Hawaiian dish filled with rice, marinated veggies and raw ahi tuna. But here's a spin that uses salmon instead! The salmon is seared for 1 minute, then popped in the bowl with the rice and colorful seasoned veggies. It's so full of flavor, you won't be able to put it down! And it's quick to whip up too.

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The best way to cook salmon? Cedar plank salmon. Grilling fish on a plank of wood infuses a smoky flavor that is to die for. If you’re into grilling, cedar planks are where it’s at. The cedar plank method is easy and {almost} no fail. This recipe uses our favorite Seasoned Salt to bring a savory seasoning to the fish. Top with lemon and herbs, and you've got dinner.

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Last but not least in our easy salmon recipes...smoked salmon! Smoked salmon is one of the tastiest ways to eat this fish: and the easiest to prepare! Just buy a great piece of smoked salmon and you've got it made. Here it’s combined with a fried egg drizzled with truffle oil and a pile of greens, making for a tasty brunch or casual dinner option. (Here’s more on truffle oil and where to get it.)

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Lemon dill salmon

Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This salmon with dill sauce recipe takes just 10 minutes to bake! Mix up the zesty dill sauce as the salmon cooks. It’s the ultimate healthy, easy weeknight meal!


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Ingredients

For the salmon

  • 4 salmon fillets (skin on or off)
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

For the lemon dill sauce (makes about 3/4 cup)

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Generously sprinkle the salmon with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake the salmon for about 10 minutes until flaky and just cooked; test it with a fork to assess doneness. Watch the salmon to make sure not to overcook; the timing can vary based on the thickness of the salmon and variations between ovens.
  4. While the salmon bakes, mix together the sauce ingredients, adding the water last. Use the water to bring it to a loose, drizzle-able consistency. (You may need a touch more depending on your yogurt brand.)
  5. Serve the salmon and garnish each fillet with 2 tablespoons of the lemon dill sauce. Save leftover sauce refrigerated.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: European

Keywords: Salmon recipes, Baked Salmon

Buying sustainable salmon: what to look for

Are you looking at buying sustainable fish for these salmon recipes? (If so, kudos!) Here are a few pointers for buying sustainable seafood:

  • Look for wild-caught fish if possible. If you live in the US, look for US caught. 90% of the seafood we eat in the US is imported. Imported seafood runs the risk of being overfished, caught under unfair labor practices, or farmed in environmentally harmful ways.
  • How your fish is caught matters. Look for hook and line as one example of a sustainable gear type. Bottom trawling is considered the most destructive and least sustainable method.

How to thaw frozen salmon

Cooking with frozen salmon? Here are a few methods for how to thaw it:

  • Day before: If you think ahead, simply place the frozen salmon in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Day of: If you’re using the salmon the day of, place the frozen salmon into a bowl with cold water. Let a small trickle of cold water run into the bowl to keep the water moving. The salmon should be defrosted in about 15 minutes.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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