Can you eat salmon for every meal? If you don't think so yet, you will after reading these recipes. Not only is it one of the easiest, quickest fish to make, but it also pairs well with pretty much anything since it's relatively mild: Ginger, veggies, miso, curry, eggs, grains—you name it.
Dietitian Abigail Kinnear, RDN, of blog Nutrition Traveller, also assures us that it's a heart-healthy alternative to a lot of other main course options. "Fish is a great source of protein that has less saturated fat than meats such as beef and pork," she tells us.
This is especially true for salmon since it's an amazing source of the fatty acid, omega-3, which our bodies cannot make. Omega-3 contributes to low cholesterol levels and blood pressure, can help reduce inflammation, and bolsters heart health.
If you're ready to eat some nutritious, filling, and delicious meals, read on for 20 healthy salmon recipes to try this week.
Baked Eggs with Wilted Spinach and Salmon
Want salmon for breakfast but prefer yours cooked through? This baked salmon and eggs skillet from Salt and Wind is your go-to. It requires 10 minutes of hands-on time, 25 minutes total, and just one skillet. Besides hot-smoked salmon (which is smoked and fully cooked at higher temps) and eggs, you'll need heavy cream, leeks, and parsley.
Pro Tip: If you don't have a cast iron skillet, you can make this dish in an oven safe frying pan.
Grain Bowl with Seared Salmon and Cilantro Cashew Puree
When it comes to healthy, filling, and comforting meals, it doesn't get much better than this grain bowl with seared salmon and cilantro cashew puree from Salt and Wind. This recipe ensures you'll be getting plenty of antioxidants, omega-3s, magnesium, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Make it on a busy weeknight for dinner and then pack the leftovers for lunch the following day.
Pro Tip: Leftover puree plays well with sandwiches, or toast and goat cheese, writes Salt and Wind.
Caramelized Sesame Salmon
Teriyaki sauce lovers, this caramelized sesame salmon recipe from Half Baked Harvest is for you. It's similar to the previous salmon recipe in that it comes complete with healthy whole grains, plenty of nutritious ingredients and a delicious sauce, except it's slightly sweeter and more indulgent thanks to the teriyaki sauce. It comes complete with a toasted buckwheat recipe topped with edamame, too, for a well-rounded meal.
Pro Tip: Serve with soba noodles as an alternative.
Lime-and-Chili Baked Salmon
More of a citrus kind of person? This succulent lime-and-chili baked salmon recipe from Playful Kitchen is right up your alley. Even though every bite is delightfully flavorful and interesting, this is also an easy "shortcut" kind of meal. Just marinate the salmon filet for 20 minutes, char whatever veggies you can dig up in your fridge, and then whip up a side of whole wheat couscous or another healthy grain.
Pro Tip: Remember to fluff the couscous before adding cilantro and oil.
Coconut Curry Salmon
This coconut curry salmon recipe from Food Faith Fitness has the jackpot trifecta: It's comforting, healthy, and easy to make. Covered in an Indian-inspired coconut curry sauce, salmon is perfectly tender and flaky while refreshing crunchy zucchini noodles balance out those richer flavors.
Pro Tip: Garnish with mint to add a refreshing cooling element to the dish.
Cedar Plank Grilled Sesame Salmon
When you need to make a larger fillet for big group dinners or guests, here's a great option from Half Baked Harvest. Grilled on a cedar plank for a subtly earthy flavor, this miso butter sesame salmon is both foodie-friendly and health-conscious, so you really can't go wrong. Sweet cherry tomatoes add a juicy touch, too.
Pro Tip: These days, you can find kimchi in the refrigerated section of most grocery stores, including Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
If you want to indulge in something a little creamier, opt for this creamy salmon piccata recipe from Playful Cooking. All you need, in addition to salmon, is some cream, broth, capers, butter, lemon and a few others.
Pro Tip: If you opt for a stock with sodium, you may not need to add salt while cooking.
Would you believe us if we told you this mouthwatering meal can satisfy the Whole30 and paleo diet? Not only is this coconut curry salmon cakes recipe from Food Faith Fitness super light and low cal, but the salmon cakes also offer up some variety from the classic grilled or baked fish recipes.
Pro Tip: If you aren't trying to steer away from grains or simply want something a little heartier than a bed of arugula, opt for quinoa or rice instead.
Salmon with Parmesan, Asparagus, and Potatoes
Allow us to introduce you to a gourmet meal that only requires one pan for easy prep and cleanup. Brought to us by Half Baked Harvest, this lemon roasted salmon with vegetables is covered in succulent, zesty lemon juice, and prepared with Parmesan, asparagus and potatoes for an easy, balanced dinner.
Pro Tip: You may not need all of the spice mixture for the salmon rub; just be sure to coat the fillet thoroughly.
Arugula and Walnut Pesto Salmon
Sometimes, we just really want a bowl of spaghetti. This arugula and walnut pesto pasta recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon is even better since it also calls for a salmon filet to deliver a little more sustenance. This is made with 50/50 pasta, which means it's half whole wheat and half good-old classic Italian noodles.
Pro Tip: If it's available, shoot for freshly grated Parmesan for better flavor.
Truffled Egg with Smoked Salmon
If you're someone who often ends up making eggs for dinner, spice things up a little with this truffled egg with smoked salmon recipe from A Couple Cooks. All you need is smoked salmon, four eggs, watercress, paprika, olive oil, balsamic, and to keep things interesting, a little bit of truffle oil.
Pro Tip: Depending on what you have on hand, swap red onion for shallots, or cider vinegar for balsamic.
Baked Salmon with Potatoes
This 10-minute baked salmon with chimichurri recipe is another favorite brought to us by A Couple Cooks. Aside from the miraculously low hands-on time required to make this meal, it's also super tasty and unique, thanks to the tangy, fresh, and deliciously garlicky chimichurri sauce.
Pro Tip: Since the salmon won't take much time to prepare, you could opt for a more involved side dish, like polenta.
Salmon with Grapefruit Salad
A recipe that's 25 percent salad and 75 percent salmon sounds right to us. This super-simple yet satisfying baked salmon with grapefruit salad recipe from The Modern Proper is a serious game-changer on busy weeknights or quick lunch breaks. What really sets this dish apart is the grapefruit slices, for a slightly sweet, slightly tart twist.
Pro Tip: The recipe calls for mache, but feel free to use the greens of your preference.
Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche Herb Spread
This is a great salmon appetizer dish to make if you want to impress the guests (though you could probably just make it for dinner for one and eat it all on your own.) Inspired by Bouchon Bistro's acclaimed dish, Salt and Wind's take on the smoked salmon and creme fraiche herb spread is actually a lot easier to make than it sounds. Just add crackers!
Pro Tip: Salt and Wind recommends eating within four days.
Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos
This zucchini rajas salmon tacos recipe from Salt and Wind is the perfect thing to make for lunch or dinner when you're craving some Baja fish tacos but need something a little lighter than the fried favorite. With cumin, garlic, red onion, and oregano, these have a ton of flavor while still tasting fresh and light. And, they only take 20 minutes to make.
Pro Tip: If you can find it, opt for Mexican oregano.
Furikake Salmon Bowls
Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made from a mix of nori (seaweed), sesame seeds, and salt. In Feasting at Home's furikake salmon bowls, sear salmon in sesame oil, and sprinkle the seasoning over rice and salmon. Serve immediately with avocado, sautéed cabbage, and mushrooms.
Pro Tip: Instead of grains, try serving over a bed of sautéed cabbage, like Feasting at Home sometimes does.
Simple Salmon Chowder
Fennel and paprika expand the flavor profile of Feasting at Home's recipe for simple salmon chowder. It takes only 30 minutes to prepare on a stovetop: Add sliced potatoes and salmon to a creamy broth, seasonings like garlic, bay leaf, and thyme; and garnish with fennel fronds, a squeeze of lemon, or fresh dill.
Pro Tip: This recipe allows for fresh salmon, cooked, or hot-smoked salmon.
Salmon Na Sinigang
Traditional Filipino sinigang (or sour soup) relies on tamarind or unripe mangoes to lend a recipe its characteristic flavor profile, but Pickled Plum's Filipino-inspired salmon sinigang recipe uses lime for convenience––it's more widely available and still provides the requisite acidity.
Pro Tip: You likely won't need much salt as seasoning, as the miso paste, fish sauce, and chilis provide tons of flavor.
Salmon Tikka Over Quinoa
Salmon marinated in curry paste amp up the flavor in Pickled Plum's recipe for salmon tikka over quinoa. Creamy, cooling raita (a traditional Indian condiment) made with yogurt and cucumber add balance.
Pro Tip: Serve with lemon; acid brightens and rounds out the dish.
Salmon with Roasted Grapes and Thyme
Caramelized grapes and thyme make for a naturally sweet and herby topping for baked salmon. To make Le Petit Eat's recipe for salmon with roasted grapes and thyme, the only seasoning you'll need is oil, salt, and pepper. The salmon and produce will do the rest.
Pro Tip: Serve with whatever greens you have on hand, and if you want to take it up a notch, follow Le Petit Eat's lead and crush up pecans to make a crust for the salmon.