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20 Healthy Salmon Recipes For Quick-Fix Meals

Glazed salmon…salmon tacos…salmon burgers…salmon quiche…cakes…sushi…and more. Here are 20 recipes you don’t want to miss!

If you want a delicious dinner that’s as gourmet as it’s easy to make, you need to add salmon to your grocery list.

Fish is generally an excellent source of healthy fats, and salmon is a “superfish” in this regard, containing 200 to 600 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids per ounce.

And if you think it’s boring, you haven’t gotten creative enough with it yet! It can be smoked, grilled, baked, poached, or roasted, and it’s even good served raw as sushi, ceviche, or salmon tartare.

Enjoy!

Grilled Salmon Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Serves 4 / Makes 8

Whether you want to make something other than steak for a backyard cookout, or want an indulgent lunch to make on the weekends, you can’t go wrong with grilling up these salmon tacos.

They’re delicious with a dollop of guacamole, but there’s another way to enjoy avocado as a topping. Turn it into a salsa by cutting it into cubes and mixing it with your favorite guac additions: red onion, jalapeno, and of course a squeeze or two of fresh lime juice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

842

Calories

44 g

Protein

54 g

Carbs

51 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salmon:

1 1/2 lbs. boneless salmon, skinned and sliced into 3 equal portions

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for the grill)

1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 tsp. ancho chili powder

3/4 tsp. ground cumin

3/4 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. ground coriander

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Avocado Salsa:

2 medium avocados (ripe but semi-firm), diced

1/3 cup small diced red onion

3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For Serving:

8 small corn tortillas, warmed

2 cups thinly sliced cabbage

1/2 cup (2 oz.) crumbled Cotija cheese

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Blood Orange Miso Glazed Salmon

Serves 6

You can make a simple glaze for salmon fillets, but it’s worth going the extra mile to get fresh ginger, blood oranges, sake, and red miso for this Asian glaze. You’ll be rewarded with a succulent salmon dinner that looks and tastes as incredible as any restaurant dish – especially if you add the garnish of black and white sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

300

Calories

40 g

Protein

10 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

Asian Salmon Glaze:

Juice of 2 blood oranges (about 1/2 cup), strained

2 Tbsp. mild honey

1” fresh ginger root, grated

1 clove garlic, grated or pressed

1 Tbsp. sake

1 tsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. red miso

Salmon:

2 lb. boneless skinless salmon

Cooking spray

1 scallion, sliced

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Thai Sweet Chili Glazed Salmon

Serves 4

This salmon has so much flavor, all it needs as a side dish is plain brown rice. Of course you can go for something that requires a few more minutes of prep, like peanut noodles, cucumber salad, or sticky coconut cashew rice.

After you make the Thai chili sauce, you’ll have time to figure out what to eat with the salmon while it marinates for an hour in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

401

Calories

34 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

28 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salmon:

1 1/2 lb. (four 6 oz. pieces) salmon, skin on or off

3 Tbsp. soy sauce (or coconut aminos)

1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger

Thai Sweet Chili Paste:

4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 scallions, finely chopped

3 tsp. red pepper flakes

3 Tbsp. fish sauce

2 Tbsp. coconut sugar (or pure honey)

1 1/2 Tbsp. lime juice

2 Tbsp. water

1/2 tsp. tamarind paste (optional)

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Honey-Glazed Salmon with Strawberry Avocado Salad

Serves 4

White fish is commonly used to top salads, but every now and then, it’s awesome to upgrade to salmon.

Since it has a lot more flavor than flounder or cod, salmon is best paired with other ingredients that can hold their own. Therefore, this salad is loaded with strawberries, avocado, red onion, gorgonzola, and a honey balsamic dressing.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

839

Calories

46 g

Protein

56 g

Carbs

50 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salmon Salad:

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. pure honey

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. liquid smoke

1/4 tsp. sea salt

4 wild Atlantic salmon fillets (about 4 oz. each)

6 cups fresh spring lettuce mix

1 pint strawberries, hulled or sliced

1 avocado, cubed

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

4 oz. crumbled gorgonzola (or feta)

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Honey Balsamic Dressing:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. pure honey

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

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Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

Serves 6

For an easy salmon steak, heat up the grill. But first, make a quick marinade, and allow the salmon to soak it up for at least 20 minutes.

The teriyaki marinade for the salmon is optional, or you can go with a mixture of only soy sauce and minced garlic. Either way, the grilled fish  can be ready to eat in about a half hour.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

415

Calories

47 g

Protein

8 g

Carbs

23 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salmon Steak:

3 lb. salmon fillets, skin-on

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (or grapeseed oil)

Teriyaki Marinade:

1 cup soy sauce

1” fresh ginger, grated

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 Tbsp. brown sugar (more to taste)

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Smashed Avocado Toast with Eggs & Smoked Salmon

Serves 1

Spoil yourself with a decadent weekend brunch that requires no work.

Well, technically you will have to toast the bread. Then, smash the avocado up in a bowl, squeeze a little lemon juice over the top, and season with salt and pepper. Slice the hard-boiled egg, if using, and pile all the elements high on top of the toast. You’ll be able to take the first bite in mere minutes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

405

Calories

18 g

Protein

31 g

Carbs

27 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 slice whole-grain bread, toasted

1/2 avocado

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 hard-boiled egg

1 oz. smoked salmon

1 tsp. South African smoke seasoning blend (or other seasoning)

1 tbsp. chopped scallions

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Slow-Roasted Asian Salmon

Serves 4

Eating salmon for dinner doesn’t have to be difficult. If you want to cut down your time in the kitchen, you can slowly cook the fillets on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, and season with pepper. Then you can sauté the veggies – or use a microwave steamer.

Either way, your slow-roasted salmon with vegetables will be ready to eat in about a half hour.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

480

Calories

41 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

30 g

Fat

Ingredients

Ginger Soy Glaze:

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. cornstarch

Salmon:

4 center-cut salmon fillets (about 6 oz. each)

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

2 tsp. minced garlic

3 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks

3 baby bok choy, thinly sliced

1 cup shelled edamame, thawed if frozen

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Curried Salmon Burger Lettuce Wraps

Serves 4

For a break from fast food hamburgers, try switching to salmon. It doesn’t taste the same, of course, but it’s equally satisfying.

And if you serve it without the bun, it’s easier to make room for sweet potato fries. These curry burgers would also be delicious with any kind of salad, whether you prefer leafy greens, pasta salad, or chicken salad.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

515

Calories

42 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

25 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salmon Burgers:

1 lb. wild-caught salmon, skin removed

1/3 cup Panko bread crumbs

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan

2 Tbsp. Thai red curry paste

1/2 Tbsp. fish sauce

1 tsp. freshly grated ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 head butter lettuce

1/2 hot house cucumber, sliced

1 small mango, skin removed and sliced

1/4 cup cashews, chopped

4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled

Minted Yogurt:

1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Pinch of salt and pepper

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Blackened Salmon with Pineapple Salsa & Coconut Rice

Serves 4

Turn this blackened salmon into a tropical dinner with just a few simple additions: coconut rice and pineapple salsa.

The whole recipe involves several steps, but they can be broken down by preparing the salsa and seasoning earlier in the week. Then when it’s close to dinnertime, all that has to be cooked is the salmon and rice.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

706

Calories

39 g

Protein

53 g

Carbs

38 g

Fat

Ingredients

Blackened Seasoning:

1 1/2 Tbsp. paprika

1 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder

1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Salmon:

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 1/2 lbs. skinless salmon fillets

1 tsp. blackened seasoning per salmon fillet

Coconut Rice:

1 cup quick-cooking brown rice

1 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk

1 1/4 cup water

1 tsp. sea salt

Pineapple Salsa:

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks

1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste

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Mediterranean Salmon Tartare

Serves 4

If you love salmon sushi, you’ll want to make this Mediterranean spin on eating fresh fish.

This tartare makes us of two kinds of salmon – fresh and smoked – to deliver big on flavor. And since this is a raw fish dish, the only prep required is to chop up the ingredients and stir them together. Plate it up in a mound, as shown, or go all out with presentation by dishing it into several martini glasses.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

397

Calories

31 g

Protein

3 g

Carbs

29 g

Fat

Ingredients

14 oz. wild salmon fillets, cut into small chunks

7 oz. smoked salmon, minced

3 Tbsp. red onion, minced

2 Tbsp. pickled cucumber, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsp. fresh basil, minced

2 Tbsp. fresh mint, minced

2 tsp. dried oregano

5 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Lime wedges, for serving

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Salmon Jerky

Serves 10

This jerky is a favorite of fisherman because it’ll help to keep their fresh catch tasty for a long time, and it also makes the salmon easy to eat on the go – such as on the boat for future fishing trips.

Don’t have a dehydrator? Check out the original salmon jerky recipe by Alton Brown, who provides instructions to make it with a cardboard box and a fan.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

174

Calories

20 g

Protein

3 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. side of salmon, skin and pin bones removed

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 Tbsp. molasses

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. liquid smoke

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Lemon & Dill Salmon Kabobs

Serves 6

Grilling salmon doesn’t get easier than skewering it. It’s also a great way to ensure you get a taste of dill seasoning in every bite.

And there’s a reason that salmon and fresh dill are a classic combo in Scandinavian cooking. The two go together like peas and carrots. And to add to that traditional element, serve with a creamy yogurt dip or strong mustard.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

156

Calories

16 g

Protein

3 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

16 oz. salmon fillets (fresh or frozen)

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest

2 Tbsp. fresh chopped dill

1 large zucchini, thinly sliced

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

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Salmon Pasta with Kale-Almond Pesto

Serves 4

Swap out chicken breast for salmon, and you’ll have a flavorful bowl of pasta with protein. And this recipe can be a great way to stretch a couple small salmon fillets to feed a family of four.

With almond pesto, this dish is loaded with healthy fats. However, if you want salmon pasta with a little lower fat content, serve with a cup of spicy tomato sauce instead.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

754

Calories

36 g

Protein

87 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

Salmon Pasta:

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling)

2 boneless skinless salmon fillets (about 4 oz. each)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 lb. whole-wheat spaghetti (or pasta of choice)

1 cup kale-almond pesto

2 oz. Parmesan, shaved

Kale-Almond Pesto:

1/3 cup almonds

1 long red chile pepper

3 cloves garlic, unpeeled

2 cups kale leaves, destemmed and blanched

1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 Tbsp. fresh oregano

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup (1 oz.) Parmesan, grated

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Ginger-Crusted Baked Salmon

Serves 4

This might look like a restaurant entrée, but it’s actually an easy baked salmon dish to prepare at home.

Pulse almonds, garlic, ginger, and herbs in a food processor. That gets mixed with coconut oil, tamari, and lemon zest. Then the crust is spread on top of the salmon filets. To ensure the fish stays tender, it’s wrapped in parchment paper before going in the oven.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

403

Calories

29 g

Protein

2 g

Carbs

32 g

Fat

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw almonds

2 cloves garlic

1/2” fresh ginger, peeled

1/4 cup fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, parsley, or chives)

6 Tbsp. coconut oil, room temp.

1 Tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)

Zest of 1 lemon

4 salmon fillets (about 5 oz. each)

Sea salt to taste

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Salmon & Asparagus Quiche

Serves 4

You don’t need to serve multiple courses to have an amazing brunch.

Have the eggs, salmon, and pastry in one dish with this incredible quiche. If you prefer a lighter meal, have just a single slice per person instead of two. Then on the side, have a simple salad, such as spinach with vinaigrette, or a fruit salad using whatever is currently in season.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

579

Calories

32 g

Protein

47 g

Carbs

31 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 premade pie crust

8 oz. smoked salmon (or cooked salmon), cut into chunks

15 asparagus spears, cut into 1 1/2” pieces

4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk (or heavy cream)

1 cup (4 oz.) grated Parmesan

1 tsp. minced thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme)

1 tsp. minced dill (or 1/2 tsp. dried dill)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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Oven-Roasted Salmon Cakes

Serves 4

Like crab cakes, these salmon cakes will feel fancy when you have them for dinner. But the secret is they’re super easy to make. Altogether, these take about a half hour to assemble and cook.

And while they’re baking in the oven, you’ll have 20 minutes to put together a simple salad to serve with these tender salmon cakes.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

446

Calories

26 g

Protein

41 g

Carbs

20 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 can (14 oz.) wild pink salmon

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 cup Miracle Whip (or mayonnaise)

20 saltine crackers, crumbled (or 1/3 cup Parmesan)

Dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

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Baked Pistachio Lemon Salmon

Serves 8

Baked salmon is delicious on its own, but it’ll taste even better when slathered with crunchy pistachios.

The topping gets nice and crispy thanks to a little brown sugar and lemon juice. And that’s about all the ingredients this recipe requires, aside from some fresh dill. However, any herb from your garden (or grocery store) will work. Try basil, mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, or parsley.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

322

Calories

32 g

Protein

14 g

Carbs

16 g

Fat

Ingredients

6 salmon fillets (about 7 oz. each)

1 cup pistachios, chopped

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tsp. fresh dill

1 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Sea salt to taste

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Salmon Sushi

Serves 4

As far as homemade sushi goes, these salmon rolls are easy to assemble. You’ll still need a bamboo rolling mat and nori seaweed sheets, but once you get the hang of things, making variations will be within reach.

For example, you can mix the crab with a bit of mayonnaise to roll with cucumber and carrot. Or, go for juicy prawns with creamy avocado. Of course, you can’t forget the salmon – it works well with just a slice of avocado and a bit of lettuce.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

446

Calories

24 g

Protein

52 g

Carbs

14 g

Fat

Ingredients

Sushi Rice:

1 cup short-grain rice

1 cup water

1 Tbsp. mirin

1 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. sugar

Sushi Filling:

6 seaweed sheets (nori)

1 cucumber, seeded and sliced into small strips

1 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced

2 oz. smoked salmon

2 oz. (1/8 cup) crab meat

10 cooked prawns, heads and tails removed

2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1 lettuce leaf, thinly sliced

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Salmon Ceviche

Serves 4

For a new way to savor salmon, there’s nothing like this ceviche. Although the citrus acid-kissed dish usually stars shellfish like shrimp and mollusks like scallops, salmon is every bit as tender.

Next time you have a ripe avocado to use up, reach for this recipe. The resulting ceviche makes a great appetizer, as expected, but it’s also easy enough to toss together for a light lunch or afternoon snack.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

397

Calories

21 g

Protein

23 g

Carbs

28 g

Fat

Ingredients

12 oz. salmon fillet, skin and pin bones removed

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)

1 small avocado, diced

1 whole scallion, minced

1 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp. wasabi paste

12 crackers, for serving

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Avocado & Apple Soup with Poached Salmon

Serves 4

This unique summer soup isn’t just served at room temperature, but it’s topped with sautéed salmon. That makes it a decadent starter or light lunch to enjoy when the weather is sweltering hot.

You don’t even have to turn on the oven – just boil a pot of salted water, add the seasoned salmon, and put a lid on it. In 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon, it’ll be ready to eat.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

442

Calories

15 g

Protein

21 g

Carbs

36 g

Fat

Ingredients

Poached Salmon:

8 oz. salmon

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Summer Soup:

2 ripe avocados, peeled and diced

1 medium green apple, peeled and diced

1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced

1/4 cup diced yellow onion

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 1/2 cups vegetable stock

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 cup thinly sliced radishes

1/4 cup sliced green onions

Handful of watercress

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