Tasty Salmon Recipes That Will Inspire You to Add Fish to Your Meal Plan This Week

Air-Fried Salmon with Horseradish Rub
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Don't just outsource salmon recipes to restaurant chefs. You can whip up some of the best salmon recipes right at home. Our oven-baked salmon recipes, salmon pasta recipes, and other salmon dinner ideas are a snap to create. Plus, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, these salmon ideas are good for you too.

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Turnip Noodle Bowls with Salmon and Curry Sauce

Turnip Noodle Bowls with Salmon and Curry Sauce
Blaine Moats

You'd never guess it from the gourmet results, but one of our best salmon recipes just so happens to be Paleo diet-approved too. These showy bowls are built atop a pool of carrot-ginger curry sauce (that's so delicious we'd sip it up with a straw). Top with turnip "noodles," a few other veggies, seared salmon, fresh cilantro, and lime for a healthy-ish meal you won't soon forget.

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Pesto Orecchiette with Spinach and Smoked Salmon

Pesto Orecchiette with Spinach and Smoked Salmon in large oval serving platter
Brie Passano

Spaghetti and meatballs, you have some serious competition with this salmon pasta recipe. This pescatarian pasta dinner is amazingly speedy due to the already-smoked salmon, quick-cooking orecchiette pasta, and store-bought pesto. With ¾ cup fresh spinach per serving, this is like an entrée and a side salad all in one pot.

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Creamy Keto Roasted Salmon Soup

teal pot of roasted salmon soup
Brie Passano

We bet when you think of a keto salmon recipe, you don't immediately dream of soup. But this heavy cream-spiked kale and salmon dish will win you over from bite number one. Start by roasting and flaking the salmon, then crisp up Parmesan "crackers" to use in place of croutons or bread. Mix up the bone broth and cream, add the kale, cooked salmon, and plenty of lemon for zing, and garnish your bowl with a little (or a lot) of those keto diet-friendly cheese crisps.

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Air-Fried Salmon with Horseradish Rub

Air-Fried Salmon with Horseradish Rub
Caitlin Bensel

That trendy air fryer isn't just for crisping up potatoes or chicken wings. Power it up to make quick work of this salmon air-fryer recipe that can be on the table in 30 minutes, thanks to the appliance's powerful mini convection oven. To give this perfectly cooked air-fryer fish recipe extra oomph, top each fillet with a rub featuring spicy horseradish, briny capers, parsley, and extra virgin olive oil.

Buy It: PowerXL Air Fryer ($81, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Warm Sweet Potato and Kamut Salad with Salmon and Walnuts

Warm Sweet Potato and Kamut Salad with Salmon and Walnuts
Andy Lyons

Four pantry staple spices and a handful of orange slices are all you need to permeate salmon with fresh, delicate flavor. A warm bowl of whole grains, toasted walnuts, and sweet potatoes rounds out the nutritious dinner. Bonus: Cleanup for this salmon salad recipe is a breeze since the salmon bakes on crumple-and-toss parchment paper.

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Pepper-Crusted Salmon with Yogurt-Lime Sauce

Pepper-Crusted Salmon Yogurt-Lime Sauce
Jacob Fox

Sure, this might look like a classic salmon dinner idea. But this salmon recipe is flavorful in more ways than one: A tangy yogurt-lime sauce made with lime juice, yogurt, honey, and ginger is drizzled over the peppercorn-crusted fillet. Serve with roasted vegetables for a delicious light meal.

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Salmon with Tomato Pesto

Salmon with Tomato Pesto
Andy Lyons

Seeking a salmon steak recipe to share where one person eating is Mediterranean and another is on the keto diet? Try this low-carb fish dish that's loaded with fresh herbs and heart-healthy fats. Dried tomatoes and peperoncini blend in a homemade pesto sauce that coats this zesty salmon recipe. But it's not just what goes on this salmon—grilling the fish on a cedar plank adds a layer of rich, smoky flavor.

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Chili-Glazed Salmon Burgers

Chili-Glazed Salmon Burger
Jason Donnelly

Take your grilled burgers on a trip east—to the Far East—with this Asian-inspired salmon patties recipe. To build the sandwiches, top toasted sesame seed buns with the juicy burgers, homemade cilantro-cabbage slaw, and mayo spiked with Asian chili sauce. So much more exciting than ketchup, tomato, and onion!

Buy It: Thai Kitchen Red Chili Sauce ($3, Target)

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Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney

Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney
Andy Lyons

If you, too, think everything's better with bacon, we have a top-rated salmon recipe for you. For this 21-minute meal, we've wrapped the salty indulgence around fresh salmon and completed the dish with a sweet two-ingredient fruit chutney. Since the fruit called for is frozen or a jam, you can make this fast, flavor-loaded fish recipe any day of the year.

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Salmon Kabobs with Cucumber-Feta Salsa

Salmon Kabobs with Cucumber Salsa
Andy Lyons

For a quick-cooking lemon salmon recipe, slice fillets into thin strips and fire up the grill. Thread balsamic-marinated salmon onto soaked wooden skewers and grill for just 6 minutes to flaky perfection. A salsa with feta cheese, olives, and cucumber is the ideal Mediterranean diet-friendly, refreshing condiment for the fish kabobs.

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Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Crepes

Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Crepes
Kritsada Panichgul

If your eyes tend to float over to the savory side of the breakfast menu first, this showy yet simple salmon recipe is for you. Pack light and airy crepes with sautéed leeks, Swiss chard, and flaky smoked salmon, then crown it all with a healthy drizzle of smooth and creamy goat cheese sauce. Yes, fish and cheese can team up beautifully!

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Pineapple-Glazed Salmon

Pineapple-Glazed Salmon
Andy Lyons

Sweet-tart pineapple juice is great for more than blending into piña coladas or smoothie recipes. Try mixing some of the fruit juice concentrate into the savory glaze for this roasted salmon recipe for the just-right kick of acidity. Pair the fish with wilted bok choy for a well-rounded dinner.

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Teriyaki Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

Teriyaki Salmon on wooden board
Andy Lyons

Infuse Asian flavors into your salmon fillets with a sweet-and-salty marinade of soy sauce and pineapple juice. There's no need to flip the fish when grilling on a plank, so cooking this salmon recipe is a breeze! This dish is delightful on its own, but we prefer it served on a bed of fluffy rice or quinoa.

Buy It: Wildwood Grilling Sampler Grilling Planks ($30, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Spinach and Chile Salmon Cakes

Spinach Chile Salmon Cakes
Andy Lyons

Take a break from ground beef and seek out seafood for your next burger night. Pack your salmon with even more nutrition and make the texture of the patties super-moist by blending the protein with fresh chopped spinach. This salmon cake recipe gets its zing from Asian chili sauce and its crisp exterior from bread crumbs. Try it over greens or tucked inside a toasted bun.

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Cocoa-Almond Crusted Salmon

Cocoa-Almond Crusted Salmon
Kritsada Panichgul

Cocoa on salmon? Stick with us here. We've balanced the classic baking ingredient with crunchy almonds and a lime-rum marinade for the ultimate sweet-and-savory oven-baked salmon recipe.

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Double-Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream

Double-Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream
Karla Conrad

Double the flavor of your fish by filling salmon fillets with smoked salmon and dill before popping them into the smoker with hickory wood chips. A homemade sauce of sour cream, horseradish, and green onion provides a dreamy partner for this restaurant-quality stuffed salmon recipe. Drizzle with lemon just before serving—all that's left to do is grab a fork.

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Smoked Salmon Quesadillas with Avocado Salsa

Smoked Salmon Quesadillas with Avocado Salsa
Jason Donnelly

Quesadillas are a classic speedy dinner idea. On your next Mexican night, go beyond cheese, beef, or chicken and try dressing up your 'dillas with smoked salmon. Simply sandwich that quick-fix protein plus sautéed veggies between whole grain tortillas with cream cheese, then scoop each bite into a side of our unique kiwi, avocado, and tomato salsa.

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Citrus Salmon with Broccoli

Citrus Salmon Broccoli
Andy Lyons

If you have 22 minutes, you have all the time you need to whip up this skillet salmon recipe that BH&G home cook Esmerelda says, "is a great recipe—my go-to for salmon." Cook the salmon fillets with a traditional flavor combination such as lemon and fresh dill, and serve with garlicky broccoli for a wholesome meal. Craving more carbs? (Actually, that's a silly question … always!) Pile it all over a bed of roasted or mashed potatoes.

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Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Salmon Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette
Jason Donnelly

So fresh and so green! When it comes to quick, healthy salmon recipes, you can't go wrong with a simple salad like this 20-minute stunner. Toss a pouch or two of salmon with mixed greens, fresh strawberries, and crunchy pecans to pump up the flavor and texture.

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Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon

Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon
Andy Lyons

Put an autumn spin on a hands-off broiled salmon recipe by adding maple syrup, orange juice, bourbon, and chopped pecans. Pair the easy salmon recipe with whatever produce is in season. No maple syrup? This also tastes incredible as a honey salmon recipe—just trade in ⅓ cup honey for the syrup.

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Salmon and Ravioli

Salmon and Ravioli
Andy Lyons

A lemon-garlic butter sauce lends irresistible flavor to cheese ravioli and skillet-cooked salmon. Wilted spinach, shredded Parmesan, and a drizzle of lemon juice finish the simple yet delicious seafood recipe.

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Pepper Jelly and Soy Glazed Salmon

Pepper Jelly and Soy Glazed Salmon
Andy Lyons

While you polish up that final chore of the day (or shake up a round of happy hour cocktails), let salmon swim in a marinade to infuse every ounce with flavor. This healthy salmon recipe, for example, is bursting with a tangy-spicy punch thanks to an Asian-style marinade. To finish the entrée, top it off with a mixture of cilantro, jalapeño peppers, and green onions.

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