Best Salmon Recipes
Get a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids from these salmon dishes that earned top marks from readers.
A sweet-salty marinade and unique fruit-filled sauce made this recipe stand out for Michael. "I made this tonight and it scored a 10. In fact, one of my friends said that it was the most perfectly cooked salmon he had ever had. Bottom line: quick, easy, and perfect. This is now my new summer salmon staple."
Try Tori's side-dish suggestion for a meal that's fit for company but still easy to put together: "This was fantastic! My husband and I love salmon and are always trying to find new ways to prepare it. We served it with mashed potatoes and they were the perfect accompaniment to the spinach. We will be making this again. This is worthy of a special occasion. This is a restaurant quality dish."
This eight-minute, seven-ingredient recipe is a regular on 316believer's table. "This is one of the best salmon recipes I have ever tried. We eat salmon a few times a week and this is the most requested by my picky husband. It is perfect just for the two of us, but would be wonderful for guests as well. It is fast (one of my favorite last-minute work-night meals). It is just delicious."
A secret herb was the key to this recipe for croquette conoisseur klasshen, who also offers a tip. "Delicious! I've made dozens of different salmon croquette recipes, but never with tarragon. The tarragon adds such a unique taste. I highly recommend chilling the mixture according to the directions. I skipped the chilling and had a hard time getting the patties to stay together.
Smarty really loves this versatile and easy recipe, writing, "This is hands down one of my most favorite recipes. It's simply amazing. It's a complete knockout. Make sure to line the broiler with aluminum foil, though, as it does leave a bit of a sticky mess behind. I'm made it with salmon (my favorite) and chicken (also good, but not as good as the salmon). You'll love this. Make it tonight."
This turned out to be a perfect party hors d'oeuvre for Claire. "I made this dip over the weekend for my grandma's 90th birthday. It was fantastic, and everyone loved it. This was so simple to make, and the resulting color and flavor were amazing. I will definitely make this again."
Spicy heat from prepared horseradish and Japanese wasabi plus a crisp potato crust highlight the natural flavor of salmon without overpowering it in this dish. That and a 10-minute cook time enchanted Layla, who said, "This recipe is unbelievably flavorful, and a perfect complement to the salmon. I am not a huge fan of salmon, but I just love this recipe, I will definitely make it again and again. It's a snap to prepare, easily done on a worknight."
This Asian-inspired fish is a great weeknight meal, and you can save more time by purchasing pretoasted sesame seeds. Look for them in the spice aisle.
Skip the beef and serve a Mexican-inspired salmon burger topped with a fresh lime-cilantro mayonnaise sauce. A spinach salad with a sweet, slightly spicy Asian-influenced dressing makes a tasty accompaniment.
For best results, choose salmon from the meaty center of the fish and avoid portions cut from the tail section (where the body starts to taper). Tail-end flesh contains more connective tissue than center-cut fillets. Use black sesame seed buns, if available.
Although smoked Irish salmon is traditional, any smoked salmon will work in this dish—just make sure to purchase smoked wild salmon because it's a sustainable choice.
King (also called chinook) salmon is the best quality and works well in this dish, though sockeye works. Use a peach that's just ripe so it's juicy, but still holds its shape.
This salmon does have a bite of raw garlic, which can be countered by dropping the clove in boiling water for 1 minute to blanch, then proceeding with the pesto.
Briny olives, sweet grapes, and rich salmon match well with the balance of earthiness and acidity found in a pinot noir. Substitute picholine or other green olives, if necessary.