These healthy salmon recipes are delicious ways to enjoy this popular fish! Try it baked, blackened, in salads, and more.
Looking for ideas for what to make with salmon? This popular fish is a great healthy choice when it comes to dinner. In fact, salmon may be one of the most nutritious foods on the planet (source). Healthy can be a loaded term these days, but our definition? Recipes that are loaded with nutrients and protein to keep your body and heart satisfied. These top healthy salmon recipes showcase a variety of cooking methods and there’s something for everyone. Try this fish baked, pan fried, poached, blackened, in salad or in a bowl meal: we think you’ll love it each and every way.
Here's a healthy 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.
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. Cover it in a sticky honey garlic sauce, a sweet savory glaze that adds layers of complexity in flavor.
Nicoise salad (salade Niçoise in French) is a French main dish salad that’s a classic dish from the Southern coast. The hearty salad traditionally features canned tuna, potatoes, blanched green beans, olives, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, a vinaigrette salad dressing. Swap out tuna for salmon and you’ve got salmon Nicoise salad: a healthy and fun way to serve it!
Here’s a method every cook should know: how to make basic Pan Seared Salmon! This is one of the best ways to cook salmon because it’s fast, it’s easy, and it results in incredible flavor. Pan fried salmon is even faster than baked, and even better, it makes a perfect crispy crust on top.
We’re always game for more fast and easy dinner ideas, and this is one to bookmark to make on repeat. Brown sugar salmon is simple and comes together quickly with just a few pantry ingredients! It’s a fun trick to whip out for a weeknight meal or when you’re entertaining guests, and it comes together in a flash.
Try this healthy salmon recipe to cook up tender sockeye salmon into an easy and flavorful meal! Season the fillet with lemon juice, lemon zest, and black pepper, then pop it in the broiler or oven. It comes out incredibly moist and tender, with citrusy, savory notes to each bite.
This Simple Salmon Bowl is a tasty healthy salmon recipe that's fun and versatile! 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.
Meet the perfect healthy salmon recipe: 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.
Here’s a healthy salmon recipe 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.
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.
Another at the top of our healthy salmon recipes: 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.
Here’s an impressive salmon recipe that’s packed with umami: 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. Brush it on before and after broiling, and it’s absolutely stunning.
Here's a healthy way to cook salmon with: 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. When it’s seasoned correctly, poached salmon is irresistible: and it's cooked with no oil or butter.
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.
Last up in our healthy salmon recipes, try simple Baked Salmon: an easy method that works every time! With many different varieties and thicknesses of this 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.
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Minced fresh herbs (like chives, mint or thyme), for garnish
Allow salmon to come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Trim the asparagus. Place it on the baking sheet and toss it with 2 tablespoon olive oil (this also oils the foil). Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Pat the salmon dry and place it on the foil. Drizzle it with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle the salmon with ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place asparagus around the salmon. Slice the lemon into wheels and place them on top of the asparagus (but not the salmon). Squeeze juice from the two ends of the lemon onto the tray. Then add the chopped fresh herbs on top of everything.
Bake 9 to 12 minutes until the asparagus is tender at the thickest part, and the salmon is just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130F in the center for done, or 10 degrees less if you’re broiling). If the salmon is done before the asparagus (the asparagus is thick), remove it from the tray and continue cooking just the asparagus until tender.
*Thin asparagus is best, so try to find the thinnest you can when shopping. If all you can find is thicker asparagus, you may need a little longer to roast (up to 15 minutes). Just remove the salmon from the tray if it’s already done and finish the asparagus by itself.