The 50 Best Salmon Recipes.
All of these recipes were created by Registered Dietitians, so you know they’ll be good-for-you, in addition to flavorful. There’s something for everyone (salmon tacos, salmon toast, sheet pan dinners, fish & chips, poke bowls, salmon grilled cheese … and more! and a variety of salmon is used – farmed, wild, cans, pouches, etc.), so choose a couple to try this month. There’s even enough great recipes to try a new one (almost) every week for a year!
It’s no surprise that salmon is the #2 most consumed seafood in the U.S, behind shrimp and just ahead of canned tuna. We love salmon for its taste, first and foremost, its versatility, but also its nutrient profile. Salmon is rich in protein and Vitamin D, but the fact that it is a nutrition stand-out is mainly because it’s rich in heart and brain health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and athritis and may even improve happiness.
The American Heart, Diabetes, Pediatric, Alzheimer’s and Psychiatric associations — and more — encourage the consumption of seafood at least twice a week (fish and shellfish). This recommendation is based on decades of research that shows seafood at least twice a week can lead to fewer instances of chronic and preventable diseases. And, seafood consumption is especially important for nursing and pregnant mothers. Both the FDA and EPA agree that eating fish regularly helps with the growth and development of children’s brains and even helps boost IQ.
How often do you cook salmon for your family? We eat salmon at least twice a week in our house. Lexi (1) LOVES it. She can easily eat 1/2 lb herself. She uses both hands to shovel the flaked salmon into her mouth. It’s actually quite a sight to see! Lucca (3) used to love it, but he’s been avoiding any type of fish, meat, poulty or eggs for the past couple weeks, not sure why. He’ll grow out of this phase eventually, I hope.
The majority of the time, we buy our salmon from our local fish market here on the Cape, called The Clam Man. We also always keep canned salmon in the pantry for salmon patties, which I make when we need dinner in a pinch and don’t have our fridge stocked with fresh ingredients.
We tend to eat salmon the same few ways every time we cook it – grilled or baked with teriyaki sauce, a lemon dill rub, a cumin citrus brown sugar rub, a blackened rub or a Thai peanut sauce. We love all of these flavors, but it was time to get inspired to try some new recipes. And since February is American Heart Month, I asked my Registered Dietitian friends to share their favorite salmon recipe. And I’ve shared them all here with you, because we all need some salmon inspiration. These salmon dishes are all healthy, flavorful and sure to be winners in your kitchen.
There are recipes for farmed/wild/canned/pouched salmon, so there’s something for everyone. And many of these recipes you could interchangeably use canned or fresh salmon.
I hope you find a few recipes below that become new favorites in your home.
ROASTED SALMON & SHEET PAN DINNERS:
Miso and Ginger Glazed Salmon (above) via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook – I love asian flavors with salmon, so this recipe is top on my must-make list.
Mediterranean Sheet Pan Salmon with Zucchini, Corn and Tomatoes via Jessica Levinson – saving this one to try this summer.
Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies via My Cape Cod Kitchen.
Pomegranate Glazed Salmon with Roasted Veggies (above) via Street Smart Nutrition. Also – for seafood lovers (which I’m assuming you are because you’re reading this post!) – Cara also just wrote a cookbook called The Pescetarian Cookbook where she shares some of her favorite seafood recipes, in addition to tips on a following a pescetarian diet, meal plans and more.
Teriyaki Salmon, Snow Pea and Carrot Packets via Liz’s Healthy Table. Cooking salmon in foil packets or parchment with asian flavors is one of our favorite ways to eat salmon, so I’m loving this version by Liz and think Lucca and Lex would too.
Mustard Salmon with Broccoli and Couscous via Sunny Side Up Nutrition.
Orange Sesame Ginger Sheet Pan Salmon (above) via My Cape Cod Kitchen.
Salmon & Bok Choy Sheet Pan Dinner with Wasabi Greek Yogurt Sauce via Triad to Wellness.
Sheet Pan Lemon Honey Garlic Salmon, Asparagus and Potatoes via The Sassy Dietitian.
Berry BBQ Salmon (above) via KISS in the Kitchen – loving this recipe for springtime!
Roasted Salmon with Dill-Yogurt Sauce via Toby Amidor Nutrition.
Sheet Pan Breaded Honey Mustard Salmon via Bucket List Tummy.
Pistachios Crusted Salmon with Citrus Gremolata (above) via Sinful Nutrition.
Pistachio and Panko Baked Salmon via Sarah Plugradt.
Blackberry Glazed Salmon via Lively Table.
Sweet and Spicy Easy Baked Salmon (above) via Jill Weisenberger.
Healthy Lemon Butter Salmon via Stacey Mattinson.
Salmon with Pineapple Salsa via The Nutrition Twins.
Blood Orange Rosemary Salmon En Papillote (above) via Nutrition to Fit. This dish is stunningly simple.
Sweet Citrus and Spice Salmon via My Cape Cod Kitchen.
Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Salmon with Brussels Sprouts via Nourish Nutrition Blog.
SALMON SALADS & BOWLS:
Grapefruit Salmon Salad (above) via The Nutrition Adventure. I mean, salads don’t get any prettier and tasty looking than this one. Citrus and salmon is the perfect pairing.
Spicy Salmon and Avocado Poke Bowls via The Foodie Dietitian. I’ve never had a poke bowl, but as soon as I laid eyes on this one, I knew I needed to change that.
Salmon BLT Salad (above) via How to Eat. This is another must make! Anything with salmon, bacon and avocado and I’m in.
Salmon Abudance Bowl via Zest Nutrition.
Mimosa Poached Salmon Salad (above) via Byte Sized Nutrition – how fun is this salmon dish?! The salmon is poached in CHAMPAGNE and oj. Love that. Perfect for Easter and Mother’s Day.
Grilled Salmon Taco Salad via My Cape Cod Kitchen.
Citrus Salmon and Beet Salad via Beautiful Eats & Things.
SALMON PATTIES, BURGERS & CAKES:
Crunchy Walnut Crusted Salmon Patties via My Cape Cod Kitchen. This recipe has all the healthy fats!
Everything Bagel Salmon Burger via The Joy of Eating – this recipe uses the Trader Joes everything bagel seasoning which we use all the time.
Honey Garlic Salmon Patties via Your Choice Nutrition.
Kale and Broccoli Salmon Burgers (above) via Hummusapien. Love that these burgers pack in veggies too.
Quick and Easy Wasabi Lemon Salmon Burgers via Sarah Remmer.
Simple and Easy Salmon Cakes with Hot Sauce Aioli via Sweet Cayenne.
Salmon Burgers with Creamy Yogurt Dill Sauce (above) via The Joy of Eating.
Smoked Salmon, Grilled Zucchini and Dill Goat Cheese Crackers (above) via Bite of Health Nutrition.
Smoked Salmon Avocado Flatbread via Chef Julie Harrington.
Smoked Salmon Stuffed Hasselback Potatoes via Halsa Nutrition.
Easy Salmon Tacos with Coconut Lime Crema via Edwina Clark.
Blackened Salmon Tacos via My Cape Cod Kitchen
EXTRAORDINARY & UNIQUE SALMON DISHES:
New World Fish & Chips (above) via Kumquat. Love this unique and healthy spin on fish and chips.
Salmon Alfredo via Create Kids Club – another pasta recipe – bet the kids would love this one.
Heart Healthy Salmon Stacks via RD 4 Health. This is a fun dinner idea that layers corn pancakes, avocado, salmon and salsa.
Grilled Mediterranean Bruschetta Salmon (above) via Beautiful Eats & Things. This grilled salmon is beyond gorgeous and is going on our must-make list.
Lemon Salmon Avocado Toast (above) via Emily Kyle Nutrition. I love that this toast uses wild caught pink salmon in a pouch for convenience. A healthy snack or lunch can be ready in no time at all. Plus, how gorgeous.
Simple Salmon Burritos via Element Nutrition Co. Never thought to put salmon in a burrito. Such a good idea and bet the kiddos would love this.
Salmon Zucchini Linguini via Live Best – we rarely have fish with pasta, so like this idea of tossing canned salmon with linguini for a simple dinner.
Salmon and Eggplant Grilled Cheese (above) via Living Well Kitchen. How fun is this twist on a grilled cheese? No bread, just salmon enveloped in eggplant slices.
Instant Pot Maple Dijon Salmon with Sweet Potatoes via Dana White Nutrition.
Black Sesame Seed Encrusted Salmon via Triad to Wellness.