Easy 30-Minute Salmon Recipes to Get Dinner on the Table Fast

Herbed Salmon
Photo: Andy Lyons

Salmon is a delicious source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It easily turns simple salads, sandwiches, and entrées into a healthy meal. Add these easy salmon recipes to your weeknight cooking repertoire for a quick dinner that's ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Salmon with Lemon and Herbs

cast iron pan with Salmon with Lemon and Herbs
Blaine Moats

A squeeze of citrus instantly brightens up a salmon fillet, and the zesty lemon sauce on this dish adds a light freshness. This simple salmon recipe is roasted right in your oven with the sauce on top. Each bite packs a punch of fresh lemon, and you can whip up a quick side salad while the fish cooks.

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Air-Fried Salmon with Horseradish Rub

Thank your air fryer for this easy salmon recipe. All you have to do is whip up a rub with horseradish, capers, and parsley. Then, spread it on the fillet and let the air fryer take over. The result is a perfectly crisp, flaky salmon on the table in just 30 minutes.

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Roasted Salmon with Radishes and Fennel

Roasted Salmon Radishes Fennel
Blaine Moats

Anyone who's looking for a quick, simple meal needs this sheet pan dinner recipe in their life. This easy oven salmon recipe cooks right alongside the radishes and fennel, so you only use one pan and everything is ready to eat at the same time. Use stunning watermelon radishes for a major wow in appearance and flavor.

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Pepper-Crusted Salmon with Yogurt-Lime Sauce

Pepper-Crusted Salmon Yogurt-Lime Sauce
Jacob Fox

Sometimes simple is just what you need on a busy weeknight. This skillet salmon recipe has a short ingredient list—the fish is seasoned only with crushed peppercorns and salt. The flavor of the salmon truly shines in this dish, and it gets even better when paired with a tangy yogurt sauce.

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Grilled Salmon and Leeks with Rosemary-Mustard Butter

Grilled Salmon and Leeks with Rosemary-Mustard Butter
Andy Lyons

Want elegance and big flavors without spending all night in the kitchen? This easy salmon recipe is your answer. Grilling the salmon and leeks cooks them quickly so dinner is on the table fast, leaving enough time to stir together a quick rosemary, mustard, and butter sauce to spread on top.

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Seared Salmon with Pistachio Gremolata

Seared Salmon Pistachio Gremolata
Jacob Fox

Put your herb garden to work! A pistachio gremolata featuring fresh parsley and mint gives this stove top salmon recipe a ton of flavor in not much time. Stir it together first, then quickly skillet-cook the salmon fillets for dinner (they need only about 3 minutes per side!).

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Salmon in Parchment

Salmon Parchment
Andy Lyons

Parchment pouches have all kinds of benefits, especially for speedy dinners. The pouch traps steam to cook the fish, and also seals in the other ingredients (fresh mint, dill, lemon, and capers) to season the fillet. Plus, once dinner is ready, you can toss the parchment because cleanup for this quick salmon recipe is already done.

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Cajun-Rubbed Salmon

Cajun-Rubbed Salmon
Blaine Moats

Bring on the spice! This cast-iron skillet salmon recipe combines Cajun seasoning-spiced salmon with a tangy onion, celery, and pickle relish. The result is a delicious, zesty dish with just the right amount of heat.

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Orange Salmon and Green Onions

Orange Salmon Green Onions
Andy Lyons

Navel oranges and lime juice form the base for this easy salmon recipe's citrus sauce. A dash of soy sauce and a pinch of fresh ginger help balance out the acidity and create a more complex sauce. Serve the fillet with a generous helping of sautéed green onion for a beautiful presentation and just a touch of sweet flavor.

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Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Nectarine Salsa

Barbecued Salmon with Fresh Nectarine Salsa
Andy Lyons

Take advantage of summer ingredients and get barbecuing. A generous helping of your favorite barbecue sauce is all the seasoning you'll need for this easy grilled salmon recipe. Once it's finished, top it off with a fresh summer salsa made with blueberries, nectarines, and pecans.

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Zesty Salmon Pasta Salad

Zesty Salmon Pasta Salad
Andy Lyons

This simple salmon recipe is unlike any pasta salad you're used to. A tangy chili sauce coats these fresh salmon fillets, which join carrots and mixed greens on a bed of broken lasagna noodles. For a flavorful pan sauce, deglaze the skillet with rice vinegar and drizzle over the speedy seafood pasta.

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Coffee-Rubbed Salmon Sandwiches

Coffee-Rubbed Salmon Sandwiches
Karla Conrad

Coffee probably isn't the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of easy salmon recipes, but just trust the rub. Made with spices like cumin, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and espresso powder, the homemade coffee rub brings rich flavor to simple salmon fillets. Stack the seasoned fish onto toasty buns and finish with creamy horseradish spread.

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Salmon in Nogada Sauce

Salmon Nogada Sauce
Blaine Moats

Creamy nogada sauce made with walnuts, queso fresco, and sour cream balances the spicy ancho chile pepper rub featured on these grilled salmon fillets. Pomegranate seeds add a hint of acidity to the Mexican-inspired meal. This easy salmon recipe uses a grill pan, so you can cook indoors and enjoy flavorful seafood year-round.

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Citrus Salmon with Broccoli

Citrus Salmon Broccoli
Andy Lyons

Fresh lemon and snipped dill make a bright and nutritious accompaniment to skinless salmon fillets. Serve the healthy fish with sautéed broccoli and a quick pan sauce. This stove top salmon recipe calls for cooking the broccoli while the salmon sautés, so a complete meal is ready all at once.

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Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Jason Donnelly

To add heart-healthy protein to your weekday lunch, look to pouches of cooked salmon. The shortcut ingredient joins strawberries and pecans in this 20-minute main-dish salad. There's no cooking required for this easy salmon recipe, so it's also quick to toss together for dinner on a jam-packed weeknight.

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Smoked Salmon Breakfast Wraps

Smoked Salmon Breakfast Wraps with bowl of dip
Karla Conrad

Inspired by bagels and lox, this easy salmon recipe could be a decadent breakfast, refreshing lunch, or light dinner. Lox-style salmon has a light, smoky flavor that pairs well with the creamy chive spread in these easy wraps. In addition to zucchini, the fast sandwiches are filled with tomatoes, red onion, and capers to transform the bite-size rolls into an entrée.

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Citrus Salsa Salmon

Citrus Salsa Salmon
Jacob Fox

Six ingredients and just 20-minutes is all it takes for this delicious dinner. A refreshing blend of oranges, grapefruit, and cherry tomatoes tops this simple salmon recipe. Jalapeño jelly adds a kiss of sweet heat to the dish.

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Pineapple-Glazed Salmon

Pineapple-Glazed Salmon
Andy Lyons

When using your broiler to cook salmon, opt for fillets with skin; the thick layer helps keep the fish moist. Tart pineapple juice concentrate flavors the savory glaze used on these simple broiled salmon fillets. Before serving, drizzle a little more glaze on top for added tropical flavor.

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Barbecued Salmon with Corn Relish

Barbecued Salmon Corn Relish
Andy Lyons

Combine seasonal summer ingredients like fresh sweet corn with barbecue to create a tasty, easy salmon dinner. Cut the prep time of flaky grilled salmon in half by basting the fish with bottled barbecue sauce. A sweet and spicy relish of corn, sweet peppers, and jalapeño adds an element of freshness to the meal.

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Easy Salmon Burgers

Easy Salmon Burgers
Andy Lyons

Go beyond beef and reach for salmon fillets to fill your hamburger buns. Mixed with crushed crackers and mustard, the salmon patties make an unexpected (and healthful) protein choice. Top off this quick salmon recipe with sliced avocado and greens for a fresh, delicious burger.

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Maple-Bourbon-Glazed Salmon

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon
Andy Lyons

Treat yourself to a fancy seafood dinner with the help of just five common ingredients. Maple syrup, orange juice, and bourbon create this salmon's sweet glaze, while pecans provide a touch of crunch. Add a little salt and pepper, and that's all you need to create this easy salmon recipe.

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Mediterranean Salmon Wrap

Mediterranean Salmon Wrap
Andy Lyons

Beat the boredom of your lunchtime routine by swapping tuna with canned salmon in your salad wrap. Kalamata olives, red onion, and a splash of lemon juice infuse the hearty filling with Mediterranean flavor. Plus, there's no cooking or roasting for this easy salmon recipe, just assembling and enjoying.

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Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney

Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney
Andy Lyons

Crisp, salty bacon pushes skinless salmon fillets into gourmet territory. Pair the protein with tart apricot jam and cranberries for a sweet finish. This skillet salmon recipe takes only about 20 minutes, so you have just enough time to whip up a side of green beans too.

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Peanut-Crusted Salmon

Peanut-Crusted Salmon
Karla Conrad

Peanuts are the trick to a crispy coating in this quick and easy salmon recipe. A crumbly mixture of panko, parsley, and peanuts coats each baked fillet. Orange peel and juice add acidity to the fish, which pairs well with roasted asparagus.

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Salmon and Asparagus Wraps

Salmon Asparagus Wraps
Jason Donnelly

Smoked salmon and asparagus are an unbeatable flavor duo. Roll them into low-calorie sandwich wraps along with lemony cream cheese and red sweet peppers the next time you're in a hurry. This easy salmon recipe can serve as a quick lunch or dinner whenever you're pressed for time.

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Spinach and Chile Salmon Cakes

Spinach Chile Salmon Cakes
Andy Lyons

A zesty chile butter sauce tops these easy salmon cakes. This easy salmon recipe is quick to prepare, even on busy nights. The fuss-free fish patties hold their shape with the help of antioxidant-rich chopped spinach, plus classic ingredients like egg whites and bread crumbs.

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Poached Salmon on Citrus Salad

Poached Salmon Citrus Salad
Andy Lyons

Poaching gently simmers food in a small amount of liquid and is an ideal technique for a delicate ingredient like salmon. Cooked in a mixture of lime and orange juices, these quick salmon fillets absorb big flavor but little fat. Serve on a bed of greens and orange slices for a healthy, easy salmon dinner.

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Herbed Salmon

Herbed Salmon
Andy Lyons

Brighten up skinless fish fillets with a fresh, aromatic seasoning of dill, tarragon, and parsley. Ground black pepper adds a touch of boldness to the easy herbed salmon. If you have leftover grains like rice or quinoa from earlier in the week, serve them alongside this stove top salmon recipe to help use them up.

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