Salmon is an excellent go-to weeknight protein, because it cooks quickly no matter how you prepare it and works beautifully with a wide range of flavors. Our favorite salmon recipes are hearty, rich-tasting, and easy to make. When it comes to this versatile, user-friendly fish, it's worth refreshing the recipes you have in your repertoire.
Pick a new recipe (or two or three) and poach, pan-fry, or roast your way to a better dinner (now with less fishy smell!). Believe it or not, it will take you the same amount of time to make these salmon recipes as it would have taken to boil and drain pasta. And while we're on the topic, make some pasta too and eat it with leftover fish tomorrow for an easy, filling lunch.
Here are 20 salmon recipes we can't stop making:
1. Joanna Gaines' Salmon With Baby New Potatoes
Break out your trusty sheet pan to get Joanna's simple salmon and potatoes on the table in no time, flat.
Weeknight Salmon With Baby New Potatoes & Fresh Dill by Joanna Gaines
2. Slow-Roasted Ginger Scallion Salmon
Slow-cook this aromatic salmon for ideal succulence, and serve with short-grain or jasmine rice for a simple meal that pops.
Slow-Roasted Ginger Scallion Salmon
3. Crispy Coconut Kale With Roasted Salmon
Coconut and kale are a natural flavor match. Perch simple roasted salmon on this delightful bed, and taste the harmony.
Crispy Coconut Kale With Roasted Salmon & Coconut Rice
4. Miso and Ginger Poached Salmon & Soba
Nutty buckwheat noodles set the scene for delicately flavored poached salmon with classic Asian flavors to shine on the plate.
Miso and Ginger Poached Salmon with Warm Soba Noodles
5. Salmon Fillet with Snap Peas
Salmon and lemon are a well-established pair. Freshen up this friendship with tangy crème fraîche (a quick trick to enliven any simple supper).
Salmon Fillet with Snap Peas & Lemony Crème Fraîche Dressing
6. Mike's Hot Honey Glazed Salmon
Hot honey is well-established on our list of "condiment trends we stand by 100%" Treat your salmon to its zingy, sweet goodness, but save some for...well, everything and anything else!
Mike's Hot Honey-Glazed Salmon
7. Perfect Roast Salmon
Roasting fish with the skin on helps ensure an extra-flavorful finished product that's more forgiving to the kind of accidental overcooking we've all experienced.
Perfect Roast Salmon
8. Garlicky Salmon with Ginger, Lime & Peanuts
Fish sauce, peanuts, lime, and cilantro pack a ton of savory-tangy flavor into this fantastic, quick-to-prepare dinner.
Garlicky Salmon with Ginger, Lime & Peanuts
9. Salmon Moqueca
This warm, nourishing Brazilian fish stew works perfectly with salmon instead of white fish and sweet potatoes instead of the traditional yams (which can be hard to find).
10. Salmon In Sorrel Sauce
This verdant fish-friendly sauce comes together in ten minutes or less, and spinach seamlessly subs for sorrel.
Salmon in Sorrel Sauce
11. Grilled Salmon Tacos
Salmon takes to fish tacos like a fish to...tacos! You'll be very happy with these avocado-sauced grilled salmon tacos, is what we're getting at.
Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Sauce
12. Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Fish
Master the art of "carryover heat" with this slow-roasting technique that laser-targets the perfect internal temperature for flawlessly flaky salmon.
Sally Schneider's Slow-Roasted Salmon (or Other Fish)
13. Spicy Garlic Lime Baked Salmon
This genius technique for infusing salmon with fresh jalapeño color and flavor includes a fail-safe measure for keeping intense heat at bay.
A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon
14. Salmon with Kale and Sweet Potato
Think of this recipe more as a roadmap. Got salmon, kale, and sweet potatoes? Here's how to bring them together for a fast, filling meal any day of the week.
Åsa’s Salmon with Kale and Sweet Potato
15. Salmon Burgers With Avocado Aioli
If you love the combination of salmon and avocado as much as we do — sushi, tacos, toast, you name it — this extra-savory salmon burger will become a regular in your sea-faring repertoire.
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli
16. Crisp-Skinned Salmon With Creamy Leeks
Silky creamed leeks add color and richness to simple crispy-skinned salmon for a meal that's as rib-sticking as it is elegant.
Russ Parsons's Crisp-Skinned Salmon (Plus Creamy Leeks and Cabbage)
17. Salmon with a Thai Curry Sauce
Poach salmon in an aromatic Thai curry to keep this recipe quick, infuse the fish with flavor from the get-go, and ensure it's cooked exactly to your liking. This is one of those dishes that's even better the next day, so make a big batch!
Salmon with a Thai Curry Sauce
18. Sesame Encrusted Salmon
Drizzle this reader-favorite salmon with a rich red wine sauce for a show-stopping effect. That's right, red wine with fish. Go ahead and let it sink in (the Pinot reduction, that is).
Sesame Encrusted Salmon with Pinot Noir Reduction
19. Roasted Salmon with a Cheat's Vietnamese Caramel Sauce
Savory Vietnamese caramel gets its complex, funky essence from fish sauce. Reduced into a savory-sweet glaze, it's the perfect complement to simple roasted salmon.
Roasted Salmon with a Cheat's Vietnamese Caramel Sauce
20. Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder
Warm spices amplify salmon's umami flavor and contribute a complex mounting heat. If you have 10 minutes and a craving for extra-flavorful fish, this recipe is your one-way ticket.
Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chile Powder
What's your favorite way to make salmon—on a weeknight or for a special occasion? (Or both?) Share a mini-recipe in the comments.