Looking for healthy, easy salmon recipes? As a chef, I am always amazed by salmon’s versatility in the kitchen. It can be pan-seared on the stovetop in minutes, slow-roasted in the oven, crisped in an air fryer, or grilled to perfection. Serve it over a salad, turn it into a comforting soup, or make salmon burgers. So many options! Scroll to the bottom for our Chef’s Tips for perfectly cooked salmon and our Salmon Guying Guide.

Grilled Salmon Recipes

Back when I was a caterer, we would grill thousands of pieces of salmon each summer! Grilling is by far our favorite way of cooking it and here are a few ideas…

Cedar Plank Salmon.

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

Cedar Plank Salmon is easy, delicious and healthy! Salmon is infused with subtle smoke using a cedar plank on the grill—no fuss, with easy clean up.

Perfect Grilled Salmon.

Perfect Grilled Salmon

Wondering about the best way to grill salmon? Here is a little step-by-step guide with tips and tricks to elevate your salmon grilling skills. Try this miso salmon!

Salmon Burger.

Salmon Burgers

Healthy delicious Salmon Burgers are easy to make with fresh salmon! Grillable and flavorful with the best texture.

Northwest Salmon Rub.

Salmon Rub

This quick and easy Salmon Rub is made with five simple ingredients. Savory, smoky, and sweet, this combo accentuates wild salmon’s fresh flavor. It’s perfect for the grill or smoker!

Mediterranean Grilled Salmon.

Mediterranean Grilled Salmon

Mediterranean Grilled Salmon with grilled veggies over a bed of quinoa,  fresh greens, and topped with a dollop of creamy Tzatziki Sauce.

Grilled Salmon with Pickled Huckleberries.

Huckleberry Salmon

Grilled Salmon with Pickled Huckleberry Relish. A fresh and summery meal, perfect for entertaining on dinners on the patio.

Baked Salmon Recipes

Baking salmon is hands down one of the easiest ways to prepare it. It doesn’t take much; salt, pepper, and olive oil– but here are a few more ways to elevate!

salmon wellington on a platter.

Salmon Wellington

This Salmon Wellington recipe, also known as salmon en croute, is made with wild salmon, and a fresh spinach filling enhanced with lemon zest and fresh dill, baked in a golden puff pastry crust.

Baked Szechuan Salmon

Baked Szechuan Salmon with Scallion Green Beans

A tasty recipe for Szechuan Salmon with Green Beans all baked on a sheet pan in the oven. A flavorful healthy weeknight dinner!

Baked Moroccan Salmon

Baked Moroccan Salmon

Simple delicious salmon filets brushed with olive oil and rubbed with Moroccan spices, orange zest, kosher salt and black pepper and baked until fork tender. The taste is lovely!

Baked Teriyaki Salmon!

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

This Asian Teriyaki Salmon with Bok Choy is easy and delicious! Made with a soy sauce-based marinade, all baked on a sheet pan. Serve over rice or on its own. 

Baked Pomegranate Salmon:

Baked Pomegranate Salmon

This Pomegranate Salmon recipe is so festive and delicious! Inspired by the flavors of Morocco, it is very easy to make, and worthy of your holiday table.

Rhubarb Salmon

Rhubarb Salmon

Baked Salmon and rhubarb are roasted together on a baking sheet and then paired with wilted, garlicky chard. This is a fast and flavorful dinner, and it’s gluten-free!

Citrus Baked Salmon

Citrus Baked Salmon

Citrus-baked salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes in a flavorful citrus marinade.
Dijon salmon on a plate.

Dijon Salmon

This Dijon Salmon is fast, easy and full of flavor! Bake a whole Salmon filet or individual pieces.

miso salmon with peas.

Baked Miso Salmon

This Japanese-inspired Miso Salmon dinner is my favorite baked salmon recipe. Perfect for busy weeknights when time is short.
Baked Salmon with Asparagus Creamy Dill Sauce

Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce

This recipe for Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce and asparagus is so simple and easy, yet full of delicious flavor. Bake it in the oven, in under 30 minutes!

Easy Salmon Dinners

These salmon dinners are full of flavor and are incredibly easy to make!

Blackened Salmon Sandwich

Blackened Salmon Sandwich

Blackened Salmon Sandwich! A succulent, crispy-crusted cajun-spiked salmon fillet is tucked into a sourdough bun with fresh greens and drizzled with Dilly Ranch.

Salmon with Braised French Lentils

Salmon with Braised French Lentils

Roasted Salmon with Braised French Green Lentils- a simple, healthy weeknight dinner recipe!

 Salmon Tacos on a plate

Salmon Tacos

These cajun-spiced salmon tacos are healthy and delicious! Paired with a flavorful orange fennel slaw, pickled onions, and mashed avocado.

Salmon Cakes.

Salmon cakes

Quick and easy salmon patties are designed for weeknight dinners when time is short. Here are three variations – Asian Style, Mediterranean style, and Nordic Style!

Air fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Salmon Bites.

Air Fryer Salmon Bites

Succulent and flavorful, Air Fryer Salmon Bites are served with a miso ginger dipping sauce and ready in about 15 minutes! Perfect for appetizers, bowls, salads, and snacks! Gluten-free.

Salmon Rice Bowls

Need a quick healthy dinner? Make salmon rice bowls- here are a few ideas!

Furikake Salmon Rice Bowls.

Japanese Salmon Rice Bowls

Furikake Salmon Bowls are made with seared sesame salmon with Furikake Seasoning, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, green onions, and cabbage.

Greek Salmon Rice Bowls.

Greek Salmon Rice Bowls

These Greek-inspired Salmon Bowls are served with rice, tzatziki, microgreens, tomatoes, and cucumbers and a lemony herb dressing.

Miso Salmon Rice Bowls.

Miso Salmon Rice Bowls

This Salmon Bowl is brimming with healthy protein, healthy veggies, and savory Asian flavors. Salmon bites are paired with roasted shiitake mushrooms, edamame, avocado, and red cabbage drizzled with a delicious miso dressing.

Salmon Salads

These delicious salmon salad recipes will have you coming back again and again!

Grilled salmon topped with an avocado cucumber salsa.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Salsa

Grilled salmon topped with an avocado cucumber salsa over little gems lettuce with a creamy cilantro lime dressing.

Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Arugula Salmon Salad

This Grilled Salmon Salad with arugula, tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, pepitas, and a creamy cilantro dressing is perfect for summer barbecues and outdoor gatherings.

Smoked Salmon Salad.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Fennel Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing. Fast and easy, this hearty entree salad makes for a delicious lunch or dinner main.

Savory Salmon Soups

Spicy Miso Salmon Ramen

Spicy Miso Salmon Ramen

A delicious recipe for Spicy Miso Ramen with chili roasted salmon with bok choy, mushrooms and scallions.

Salmon Chowder.

Salmon Chowder

A delicious Salmon Chowder recipe made with fresh salmon, fennel and potatoes that can be made in about 30 minutes on the stovetop.

Salmon Sinigang.

Salmon Sinigang

Sinigang is a Filipino Sour Soup that is bursting with umami flavor.  Quick to throw together and loaded with salmon and veggies, it is completely delicious.

Unique Salmon Recipes!

Smoked Salmon Handroll

Hand Roll Sushi (Temaki)

Sushi Hand Rolls with Smoked Salmon, avocado, mushrooms, and cucumber. A Japanese-inspired crowd-friendly meal that is healthy, simple to make, and affordable!

Chia Crusted Salmon

Crispy, pan-seared chia-crusted salmon is served over cool and crunchy fennel slaw, topped with quick pickled onions and dill.

Salmon Lox.

Salmon Lox

How to make homemade Salmon Lox with fresh wild salmon, salt and lemon. It is easier than you think!

Tea-Smoked Five Spice Salmon.

Tea-Smoked Five Spice Salmon

Tea-smoked salmon with Five Spices and wok-seared bok choy: an easy stovetop smoking technique used in Szechuan cooking applied to salmon.

Salmon Faqs

What is the best cooking method for Salmon?

Salmon is so versatile; it can be cooked in many different ways with good results! Grill it, pan-sear it, bake it, broil it, or simmer it in soups and stews. The secret is just not to overcook it.

What does salmon pair well with?

You can never go wrong with serving salmon with a seasonal vegetable side dish. Asparagus, green beans, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli are all good options. Hearty green salads or tangy slaws also pair well. If you’re looking for a starch, consider creamy polenta, mashed potatoes, pasta, lentils, or fragrant rice.

What flavors go best with salmon?

Some of our favorite flavors to pair with salmon include: miso, teriyaki, Szechuan, citrus fruit, thyme, ginger, garlic, alliums, dill, mustard, honey, brown sugar and maple.

What is a good substitute for salmon in recipes?

Arctic Char, Ocean Trout and Steelhead are close substitutes to salmon if salmon is not an option.

How to Shop for Salmon

Some of you may be wondering which salmon to buy. Here are some general guidelines to help you make an informed decision. Wild salmon contains no antibiotics or artificial colorings with higher amounts of Omega 3s- so I personally opt for seasonal wild salmon in the summer months, and frozen wild salmon in winter.  

  • Pacific Wild Salmon— In season from May- August, Pacific salmon is caught in the Northern Pacific Ocean, with five main varieties: King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Pink Salmon, and Chum. Pacific Salmon is mostly caught in the wild, either in the ocean or in freshwater rivers, although there are a few farmed salmon enterprises.
  • Atlantic SalmonAtlantic Salmon, originally from the Atlantic ocean, is now endangered in the wild, so all Atlantic Salmon are now farmed. Farmed Salmon that is not sustainably raised  raised in high-density net pens) can have damaging effects on nearby coastlines and waterways, and the salmon itself is often treated with antibiotics, pesticides, and dyes. 
  • Sustainably-Farmed Atlantic Salmon are raised in closed tank aquaculture or in low-density net pens- which do less damage to the environment and create healthier fish. There are several sustainably farmed Atlantic salmon varieties available.  Skuna, out of Vancouver Island offers up sustainably farmed salmon as well as Nordic Blu Salmon, which you can often find at Whole foods.
  • Sushi: If using salmon for sushi, always opt for wild salmon. Frozen wild salmon also works here.
  • Frozen Wild Salmon: If buying frozen salmon, opt for those that are flash-frozen and vacuum-sealed.
  • Smell: Whichever salmon you choose, it should smell clean and fresh like the ocean. If it smells “fishy,” reconsider. 😉 You can always ask your fish monger how long the salmon has been in the case. 
  • Sustainability – learn more here:  Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.

Chef’s Tips For Perfectly Cooked Salmon

  • Cook it to medium! Whether you grill, bake, poach, pan-fry, air fry, or pan-sear salmon, aim to cook it to “medium,” with an internal temperature of 135 F on an instant-read thermometer at the thickest part.  A good rule of thumb is to turn off the heat when the internal temp reaches 125F, as salmon will continue cooking and can easily overcook. 
  • If new to cooking salmon- opt for fattier, oilier salmon like King salmon or Sustainably raised Atlantic salmon which is much more forgiving, as it is hard to overcook it or dry it out.
  • When using salmon for sushi, always opt for wild salmon: look for “sushi-grade” wild salmon. Frozen wild salmon also works here.
  • Cooking salmon too long or with too high of heat will cause white streaks or globs of a protein called albumin to come to the surface. Albumin is safe to eat, but not very pleasant to look at. Cook at lower temps to prevent this. 


Cooked salmon will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Slowly reheat salmon on a rimmed baking sheet in a 300F oven, tented with foil, until the internal temperature reaches 130F. Alternatively, reheat on the stovetop in an oiled skillet over medium-low heat, skin side down. We do not recommend microwaving salmon. 

We would LOVE to hear what your favorite salmon recipes are… or perhaps some new ones you would like to try! Leave us a comment below.


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The smoky flavor of cedar helps make this salmon dish the easiest and tastiest you've ever made! Cedar Plank Salmon is easy, delicious and healthy! Salmon is infused with subtle smoke using a cedar plank on the grill—no fuss, with easy clean up.

30 Fresh and Healthy Salmon Recipes

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Here are our 30 Best Salmon Recipes! Rich in healthy fats (omega 3’s) and an excellent source of protein, salmon provides so many amazing health benefits.  Salmon is versatile, cooks up quickly and makes the whole meal feel more elegant: Easy Grilled Salmon.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 12 garlic cloves (optional), finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme


  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Cut salmon in to 4 pieces and place in a bowl. Lightly coat with olive oil,  season with salt and pepper and zest from one lemon. Add the garlic and thyme, gently tossing to coat.
  3. Cut the lemon in half and place on the grill, open side down.
  4. Place salmon on the grill, skin-side down first, and grill 4-6 minutes, covering. The skin should release itself naturally from the grill. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes or until your desired “doneness”. Keep in mind thinker pieces may take longer, and thin pieces may take less time.
  5. Squeeze with the grilled lemon.
  6. Serve salmon immediately or refrigerate for mid-week meals for up to 3 days.


No grill? You can also bake the salmon in  375F oven until cooked to your liking.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 193
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 640 mg
  • Fat: 10.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 22.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 62.3 mg

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  1. Salmon with cilantro lime dressing is delicious. I love all the recipes I’ve selected fro your site. Thank you for generously sharing your expertise.

  2. The salmon with braised French lentils is a new idea to me. Love the addition of that extra plant based protein. As a vegeterian I’d sub the salmon for marinated mushrooms or eggplant in the flavourful Asian dishes – can’t wait to try that!

  3. My fella and I love salmon. The Nordic variation of the salmon cakes is DELICIOUS. I also love the Blackened Sandwich.
    I’m definitely looking forward to trying the Furikake Salmon and Simple Moroccan Salmon. What a great list! Thank you Sylvia! 🙂

  4. Sylvia, I just want to say thank you for helping me eat well- your recipes are amazing! There’s always something wonderful in your emails and I look forward to them.

    As someone working in healthcare, I spend long days taking care of others and don’t have much energy to prepare a meal for myself after work. Your recipes are simple, require little prep (or prep that can be done ahead of time), cook fast, and are delicious! I can’t thank you enough!

    This is a great collection of yummy recipes that feature my favorite fish. The furikake salmon bowls are my personal favorite recipe, but I think I’ll have to try the salmon chowder as it’s been cool and rainy here in the PNW. Although, the salmon with rhubarb might be a nice way to use some of those juicy red stalks I have growing in the garden…too many fantastic choices! Gotta try them all!

    Thanks, Sylvia!

  5. Hi Sylvia. I can eat any of the 25 salmon recipes 🙂 I love salmon! thank you for sharing your love of food with us. I find myself coming back to your website every week 🙏

  6. O my gooooodness just lovely… the salad with a creamy cilantro lime dressing and grilled salmon looks like the salad of summer! Sylvia FTW!!!

  7. Szechaun Salmon is fantastic! I am hoping to try the blackened salmon sandwich too! That creamy dilly sauce…swoon!

  8. Hi Sylvia, I made the spicy miso Ramen with chili glazed salmon this past winter, and absolutely savored the meal…its a keeper in my go to recipes. Thank you for your recipes, I’ve tried so many of them and even made my entire thanksgiving meal ( hosted last year) with your recipes, dessert included. Your recipes bring much joy to my home and all who try them!

  9. we just got garlic scapes from our csa, so we turned it into pesto to slather on grilled coho (that we caught last fall).

  10. I made the blackened salmon sandwich and the dilly ranch dressing is sooo good! Kinda messy because I made mine super saucy but it was the best part.

  11. Sylvia, do you have any tips on how to avoid overcooking salmon? I like mine rare/medium rare… but almost always go too far!

    All of these recipes look so good. Literally going to try the Baked Miso Salmon tonight.

    1. It really is easy to overcook. I just aim for “undercooked”,and then I hit “medium”. 🙂

  12. Made the salmon with mustard – it really is delicious and easy – and want to try the salmon teriyaki. It looks very moreish but also healthy with the bok choy. Thanks for posting all these wonderful recipes, the ideas are fabulous.

  13. Just tried the grilled salmon salad with cilantro lime dressing last night. It was amazing! I had planned to eat it outside to enjoy the nice summer evening, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate 🙁 oh well. Maybe I’ll make the ramen with glazed salmon later this week to help me ride out the June gloom.

  14. Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Fennel Salad will be the first that I make since it is light and looks beautiful. It was a 105° heat index day here in South Carolina so it’s best to put off trying the Simple Salmon Chowder until this heatwave passes. All of these recipes look delicious. I would have never considered on my own using rhubarb and salmon together in a recipe.

  15. I so wish I could pick a favourite. I haven’t cooked them all yet but the way you combine texture and flavour in your recipes is just amazing! Thank you for sharing these wonderful flavours with us

  16. It’s really hard to pick a favorite salmon recipe–we just love salmon at our house.
    I think we need to try the salad with the lime/cilantro dressing. I have cilantro growing in my garden, so that would be perfect!

  17. Have tried several of these recipes for example: Grilled Salmon Salad, Baked Salmon with Dill Sauce and Blackened Salmon Sandwich with great success. Looking forward to trying the Grilled Salmon Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing this week!

  18. All of these salmon recipes sound so delicious! My favorite one I’ve made from your list is the Furikake Salmon Bowl. It was so easy and flavorful my whole family loved it. Thank you for always having a variety of beautiful recipes. I am excited to try out some more salmon dishes!

  19. While all your recipes score – Grilled Salmon with Tzatziki is a fav- Simple and all the veggies are a bonus! Great way to use up my plentiful cucumbers this month!

  20. All of these recipes look FABULOUS! 2 top must trys for me….the blacked salmon sammie & the baked salmon w/mustard. YUM! 🙂

  21. My husband and I just agreed that Salmon needs to be in our menu rotation more often. Look forward to trying many of these recipes. Some of my firsts will be Grilled Salmon Salad with creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, Szechuan Salmon with Scallion Green Beans, and Teriyaki Salmon with Baby Bok Choy.

  22. Thank you for putting together another recipe collection filled with answers to “what should I make for dinner?”. Looking forward to trying the salmon salads – a perfect summer dinner. Also, I appreciate how you included salmon buying guidelines. Cheers!

  23. I love the miso salmon. The huckleberry berry looks delicious. Is there another name for huckleberries…I’ve never heard of them here in Alberta. We have something that looks similar looking here we call them saskatoons and Americans call them service berries.

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