Healthy Salmon Recipes
Eating this omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish four times a week can greatly improve your health. Try our grilled, roasted, broiled and steamed salmon recipes.
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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon
This five-star-rated recipe is beloved for its healthy qualities, flavor and speed. Ready in under 20 minutes, its whole-grain noodles and lemon-basil-caper sauce complement the simply prepared, good-for-you fish.
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Planked Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze
Cedar-planked salmon, a smoky, earthy take on the favorite fish, is a dish commonly prepared in Washington State, where salmon are plentiful. To add this woodsy flavor to your fillet, brush the salmon with a honey-balsamic mixture, and then broil the fish atop soaked, browned cedar planks.
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Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub
A sweet-and-spicy mix of chili powder, cumin and brown sugar is charred on grilled salmon for an easy weeknight dinner.
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This zesty salmon is a cinch to make and offers the bold and refreshing flavors of orange and chipotle chiles. For a complete meal, serve on quinoa pilaf studded with crunchy radishes, corn, cilantro and green onions.
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Give your salmon some tangy kick with a crispy horseradish-panko breadcrumb crust. A cool, dilly cucumber salad cuts the heat and rounds out your plate.
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Char Grilled Salmon Salad
Luke Nguyen serves his char-grilled salmon over a mixture of pickled vegetables for a tangy Vietnamese spin on a traditional salad.
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Salmon with Lemon Capers and Rosemary
Giada bastes her salmon in a mixture of lemon juice, sweet Marsala wine and fresh rosemary and then sprinkles on capers for a briny touch before wrapping it in foil and throwing it onto the grill. The trio of Tuscan flavors nicely complement the oiliness of the salmon.
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Smoked Salmon on Grilled Seven Grain Bread with Tomato and Dill
These grilled toast points with honey mustard, tomato and smoked salmon make fast and fabulous appetizers for entertaining.
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Broiled Salmon Over Lentil Salad
Broiling a salmon fillet gives the fish beautiful brown, crispy edges but keeps the center juicy and tender. Paired with a refreshing and fiber-filled lentil salad, this well-rounded meal comes together in only 30 minutes.
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Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote
In this fan-favorite recipe, each piece of salmon is wrapped (along with vegetables and a sesame-ginger marinade) in parchment paper or "en papillote" and cooked in the oven for 10 minutes. Once done, the little packages puff up, signifying the steamy center (and fish infused with flavor).
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Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde
Giada's citrus salsa verde a mixture of diced oranges, citrus zest, fresh mint and red chile pepper gives dense salmon a summery taste, year-round.
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These salmon cakes are mayo-free (and therefore guilt free), but don't think they're low on flavor. Diced green onions and a generous amount of horseradish give the cakes a kick that will clear your sinuses.
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Salmon and Greens with Cumin Dressing
Grape seed oil has a higher smoke point than olive oil, so it's better suited for cooking at higher temperatures (necessary when searing a piece of fish indoors). It also has a lighter and more delicate flavor, which allows the cumin in this dish to shine.
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East Meets West Grilled Salmon with Mango Masala
Bal Arneson flavors her salmon with an "Eastern" rub made of ground garam masala, mustard seeds, curry leaves and asafoetida, a spice found in the Middle East and India that has a rich earthy taste (a cross between onions or even truffles).
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Nori-Crusted Salmon with a Soba Noodle Salad and Green Tea
Looking for a more exotic spin on salmon? This recipe from Roger Mooking showcases the versatile nature of seaweed (or nori as it's called in Japanese). Though typically used as a wrapper for sushi, here –– along with sesame seeds –– it makes a crispy and salty crust for fish.
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Roasted Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze
Bobby Deen mixes brown sugar, soy sauce, mustard and ginger for a quick marinade that balances sweet and salty, then pours it over his salmon and roasts it for four to five minutes.
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Seared Ginger-Balsamic Salmon with Hot and Sour Slaw
The great thing about this dish is that it can be served at any temperature so don't worry if your dinner guests are running late.
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Salmon Baked in Foil
Giada wraps her salmon tightly in foil along with a mixture of Italian herbs, lemon juice and chopped tomatoes so that the moisture from the tomatoes and lemon help to steam the salmon and infuse it with additional flavor.
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Cedar Plank Salmon
Smoking salmon on a cedar plank adds rich depth of flavor to this recipe, with the smoky, woodsy quality balancing the sweetness of the brown sugar and the tang of the mustard. Make sure to soak the cedar thoroughly before putting it onto the grill.
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Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze
Two kinds of mustard help glamorize Giada's salmon glaze: Dijon mustard provides that strong spicy tang, and whole-grain mustard adds a nice pearly crunch for texture.
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Glazed Salmon with Mango Pecan Salsa
Orange-maple-glazed broiled salmon gets a sweet and crunchy accent from mango-pecan salsa.
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Salmon en Croute
It looks and sounds fancy, but all you need to make Laura Calder's en-croute recipe is a salmon fillet, asparagus spears, creme fraiche and some store-bought puff pastry.
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Roasted Salmon with Shallot Grapefruit Sauce
Ellie Krieger knows that ruby red grapefruit have a lot to offer: They are sweet and sour, they offer 75 percent of your recommended daily vitamin C intake and their bright pink color looks beautiful on any plate. Here, they provide pleasant sweetness to the flexible fish.
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Smoked Salmon Bistro Salad
This salad is really all about the dressing, which is essentially a made-from-scratch Caesar. Boiled eggs, anchovies, vinegar and lemon juice are blended together and then poured over a simple salad of frisee, smoked salmon and bagel chips for crunch.
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Saucy BBQ Seafood Skewers with Not-So Secret BBQ Sauce
Feeling saucy? Then you've got to try Lisa Lillian's healthy salmon, shrimp and scallop skewers. Bet you've never eaten barbecue with so many omega-3s!
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Gravlax is a special Scandinavian preparation of the more widely known lox that involves covering fresh salmon with a mixture of salt, sugar and dill and then curing it in the refrigerator for an extended amount of time.
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Fish en Papillote
Laura Calder seasons her fish with Asian spices (including Chinese five spice), but she employs a classic French method to steam and cook it, so this recipe is another case of East meeting West.
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Tikka refers to a dish and method of cooking that is popular in India and Pakistan, where meat (or fish in this case) is marinated and then roasted on a kabob. Here, Bal gives her Tikka marinade a thick, curry-like consistency by adding yogurt.
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If you're feeling adventurous, try Alton's method of smoking salmon. After 30 hours of seasoning, refrigeration and smoking, you'll look at your morning bagel and lox with newfound appreciation.
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Red Dzao Salmon Steam Boat: Lao Ca Hoi Dzao Do
Luke Nguyen's "steam boat" is a unique and interactive way of serving fish to a crowd, since every guest gets to pick and cook his or her own raw vegetables and slices of salmon in the prepared broth.
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Mediterranean Salmon Sandwich
Take a break from those boring old tuna sandwiches. This recipe is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of salmon for lunch.
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This fresh tomato and salmon salad is a popular Hawaiian side dish that gains its name (meaning "to massage") from the preparation, where the diced salmon is massaged with the other ingredients.
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Salmon with Coconut Sauce
Bal cooks her salmon in coconut oil and then uses it as the base for a sauce along with creamy coconut milk, which gives this dish rich, tropical flavor.
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