10 Best Salmon Recipes: How To Cook Salmon


Salmon is so easy and versatile to cook. You can bake, smoke, or grill it and never get sick of it. You will enjoy a delicious meal and a good serving of omega 3 fatty acids.

In this post, we are going to take you through ten different ways through which you can prepare a mouthwatering salmon meal for your family. And guess what? You do not need fancy equipment, and you can make a quick, flavorful meal even during the busiest days of the week.

That said, the following 10 salmon recipes will be easy and quick to prep and will give you a healthy dose of protein. Also, most can be ready in less than thirty minutes!

Whether you are looking for something delightful to serve at the dinner table or a quick meal for your backpacking trip, these recipes got you covered. Try one, two, or all of them next time you reel in a salmon and you won’t regret it.

1. Salmon Poached With Olive Oil

Ingredients: Fresh chive pieces, basil leaves, parsley leaves, dill, tarragon leaves, grape seed oil, salt, olive oil, sprigs, smashed garlic cloves, bay leaves, skinless salmon fillets, white pepper, lemon wedges

Boil salted water and blanch herbs in the water for 30 seconds, then dip in ice water immediately. Drain the herbs, wrap them in paper towels or clean kitchen towels, and squeeze out the excess water.

Chop the herbs and put them in a blender, add some grape seed oil and blend until smooth. Use a fine wire mesh strainer to sieve the smoothie and discard any solids. Add salt and stir.

Next, start cooking salmon by putting olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme in a high-sided skillet or heavy-bottomed saucepan and heating to 170˚ F. Once the oil is completely hot, add the salmon fillets and cook for 5 minutes or until the bottom is opaque. Flip the fillets and cook for another 5 minutes.

Once opaque on both sides, line a plate with paper towels and transfer the cooked fillets to it. Sprinkle pepper and salt. Add a spoonful of the herb oil to each fillet. Serve with lemon wedges.

2. Salmon Chowder

Ingredients: Salmon fillets, salt, black pepper, butter, chopped onion, chopped celery, all-purpose flour, chicken broth, potatoes, corn, bacon slices

Looking for something not too heavy to eat after swimming, before going for an underwater adventure, or to add to your backpacking food and lunch ideas? Then try this recipe.

To prepare salmon chowder, sprinkle the salmon fillets with pepper and salt on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 15 minutes at 400˚ and then transfer into a separate plate and cut the fish into pieces.

Next, melt the butter in a Dutch oven, add celery and onion and let it fry for 5 minutes. Add some flour and stir until the mixture is smooth. Add chicken broth and continue stirring until bubbly and thickened.

Add potatoes, reduce the heat, and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in corn and cook for 6 minutes. Then add the cooked salmon and stir gently. Spoon into bowls and top it up with crumbled bacon.

3. Salmon Shelled With Spring Veggies

Ingredients: Skinless salmon fillets, salt, ground pepper, eggs, minced shallot, minced garlic clove, red wine vinegar, olive oil, asparagus, shelled peas, parsley leaves

Grab a baking sheet and line it with a greased parchment paper. Season your salmon fillets with pepper and salt and bake for 15 minutes at 325˚. Set aside.

Put eggs in a saucepan, add some water and let them boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave them to cool for about 15 minutes. Then peel, cut into small pieces, and set aside.

Next, whisk together shallot, garlic clove, red wine vinegar, and olive oil in a bowl and then season with pepper and salt. Cook your asparagus until crisp, rinse with water, and add to the mixture.

Cook peas for 1 minute and add to asparagus. Sprinkle in the parsley and toss gently. Serve salmon at room temperature and spoon the asparagus mixture over it. Top it up with the egg pieces.

4. Crab Cakes Stuffed With Salmon

Ingredients: crab meat, green onions, roasted red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, white pepper, smoked salmon, canola oil, breadcrumbs

To get started, stir together crabmeat, onions, red peppers, mayonnaise, sea salt, and white pepper in a bowl. Then divide the mixture into 8 balls.

Flatten the balls into patties, divide the salmon into 4 equal pieces, and place in the center of 4 patties. Take the remaining 4 patties, place them over salmon and press the edges to seal. Coat the cakes in breadcrumbs.

Heat some oil in a nonstick skillet, add the cakes and cook each side for 3 minutes or until golden brown.  Then drain on a paper towel and serve immediately.

Salmon stuffed crab cakes can be great camping desserts and an amazing delicacy to cook at the beach.

5. Salmon With Sesame Soy


Ingredients: Brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, salmon fillets, olive oil, sesame oil, sesame seeds, chopped fresh chives

This is one of the easiest and quickest salmon recipes. It’s perfect on a workweek or after a long day of paddle sports, hiking in the woods, or diving in the ocean.

To prepare, mix brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce in a bowl. Using a brush, smear half of the mixture over the salmon fillets and let sit for 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil and sesame oil in a skillet and stir-fry the salmon for 4 minutes. Turn and apply the remaining soy mixture over salmon. Cook for 3 minutes or until you have acquired your preferred browning. Sprinkle with chives and sesame seeds. Serve with a glass of wine.

6. Salmon Dressed With Lemon Mint

Ingredients: Lemon zest, fresh lemon juice, sugar, salt, ground black pepper, olive oil, minced shallot, chopped fresh mint, salmon fillets, mint sprigs

In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Add some olive oil, stir in mint and shallot, and set aside.

Sprinkle the salmon fillets with pepper and salt. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook each side of the salmon for 4 minutes or until it has acquired your preferred degree of doneness. Garnish with the fresh mint sprigs if desired.

While there are many ingredients involved, this lemon-mint salmon remains a favorite recipe for many anglers and backpackers. It is easy to prepare, which lists it among the most popular foods for backpacking, hiking, and camping as well as multi-day fishing trips.

7. Grilled Salmon Wrapped In Grape Leaves

Ingredients: 1-inch thick salmon fillets, salt, ground black pepper, grape leaves, olive oil

Sprinkle the salmon fillets with pepper and salt and set aside. Take the grape leaves and remove any protruding stems from them.

Place 3 or 4 overlapping grape leaves on your work area. Then place one of the salmon fillets in the center of the leaves and fold the leaves up and over the salmon. Gently pat down the leaves to seal.

Using a brush, smear olive oil on the leaves so you can seal the edges completely. Repeat this process with the remaining grape leaves and salmon.

Grill each side of the packets over medium heat for 5 minutes or until each side has acquired your desired level of browning. The leaves will appear a little charred when you are done. Serve while hot.

8. Grilled Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Ingredients: Champagne vinegar, fresh lemon juice, mustard, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper, red onion, cream cheese, goat cheese, green onions, chopped capers, lemon rind, bread, smoked salmon, baby spinach

Who said you can’t have a salmon sandwich? Every component of this grilled smoked salmon sandwich will make your dinner memorable. You can even bring some in your lunch cooler on your next hike or beach picnic.

To start, get a medium-sized bowl and whisk together garlic, mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar. Add olive oil, whisking slowly until the mixture has thickened. Then add salt, pepper, and onion and let stand for 30 minutes. You can prepare this ahead of time and refrigerate it.

Mix cream cheese, goat cheese, green onions, capers, and lemon rind in another bowl and stir in mustard, lemon juice, and pepper. Cut the bread and slice it horizontally into the bottom and top halves. Then spread the cream cheese mixture on the two pieces of bread.

Next, place salmon over cheese on the bottom half of the loaf and press the salmon firmly. Place red onion and spinach on top and cover with the top half of the bread.

Cut into 4 sandwiches and grill to medium heat. Using a brush, apply olive oil on each side of the sandwiches and grill for about 6 minutes or until browned.

9. Salmon Pasta Salad

Ingredients: Salmon fillet, salt, ground black pepper, olive oil, pasta, green beans, red wine vinegar, anchovy paste, garlic clove,  mustard, grape tomatoes, parsley, capers

Sprinkle your salmon fillets with pepper and salt. Pour 2 teaspoons of olive oil into a nonstick skillet and heat it over medium heat. Then add salmon and cook each side for 4 minutes. Transfer to a separate plate, leave it to cool for a few minutes, and then cut it into small pieces.

In the meantime, have pasta cooking according to the instructions on the package. Add green beans during the last 5 minutes of cooking time, then drain and let it cool. You can rinse in cold water to hasten the process.

Next, put vinegar, olive oil, garlic, anchovy paste, pepper, and salt in a container. Cover and shake it vigorously to mix the contents. Then add salmon, pasta mixture, and the remaining ingredients and shake again.

While salmon pasta salad is great for lunch and dinner, with the right camping kitchen and ingredients, it can be a nice meal to eat around the campfire too.

10. Smoked Salmon Pepper Onion Tart

Ingredients: Butter, olive oil, yellow onion, sour cream, goat cheese, eggs, black pepper, smoked salmon, pastry, red onion, green onion

Pour olive oil and butter into a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add the yellow onion and cook until golden. Leave it to cool.

Whisk together eggs, goat cheese, pepper, and sour cream, and stir in the smoked salmon and yellow onion. Line a nonstick baking sheet with foil and unfold the pastry. Roll evenly to get rid of wrinkles.

Sprinkle with pepper and spread the onion mixture uniformly over the pastry. Top with half of the green onions and sliced red onion. Then bake for 20 minutes at 425˚ or until the pastry has browned. Sprinkle with the remainder of green onions and serve at room temperature.

This smoked salmon tart can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or even a brunch dish. As you can see, cooking salmon this way is quite easy. As long as you have the salmon smoked, everything else will be a piece of cake.

The aroma itself is amazing and is enough to keep your mouth watery from sunup to sundown. You can use either cold-smoked or hot-smoked salmon for this recipe.

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Salmon is delicious – broiled, baked, or grilled, added to salads, or modeled into fish burgers, sandwiches, and cakes. With the above simple salmon recipes, you can be able to prepare a healthy meal for your family both at home and outdoors.

If you are not confident in your cooking skills, however, some of these recipes may seem a little intimidating at first but with more practice, you will eventually get your head around them. But don’t panic. Salmon is one of the easiest things to cook and anyone can do this. All you got to do is find a recipe that works for you.

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