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17+ Simple Salmon Recipes

on August 23, 2022
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Simple Salmon Recipes that are as approachable as they are delicious, plus this Roasted Garlic Salmon for two!
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Salmon is a family favorite for its rich flavor, juicy texture, and numerous health benefits. This Simple Salmon Recipes list is designed to motivate you to eat more salmon and feel confident while cooking it!

Green tip:  Look for Marine Stewardship Council and Friend of the Sea labels on your fish to ensure they were harvested sustainably.

As an environmental scientist, sourcing seafood sustainably is very important to me.

Salmon farming, when done carelessly, poses a risk to our environment for several reasons. The antibiotics used in salmon farms can then leach into the surrounding environment and the depletion of other wild fish harvested to feed the salmon.

Similarly, wild-caught salmon pose other risks, including overfishing and bycatch. Plus, there are often issues with the availability and access to wild-caught salmon.

So where does that leave us when it comes to sourcing salmon sustainably? We have two great choices: sustainably farmed salmon, or wild-caught Alaskan salmon.


1. Three-Ingredient Pesto Butter Salmon

pesto butter salmon served on top of creamy pasta
This Pesto Butter Salmon requires just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes to bring you a healthful dish that's bursting with color and flavor!
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2. Heavenly Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Heavenly Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
This Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict features a zesty Hollandaise sauce poured over a perfectly poached egg and stacked atop creamy avocado, smoked salmon, and a warm toasted English Muffin.
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3. Almond Crusted Salmon with Parmesan

Almond Crusted Salmon with Parmesan
This Almond Crusted Salmon is tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, with bold flavors from lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and the addition of Parmesan to the crust.
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4. One-Pot Cajun Salmon Pasta

Cropped Picture of plated One Pot Cajun Salmon Pasta
This Cajun Salmon Pasta is comprised of creamy, slightly spicy pasta with crispy Cajun Salmon sitting on top. It’s easy to make and requires only one pot and 30 minutes from start to finish!
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5. Roasted Garlic Salmon for Two

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This Roasted Garlic Salmon for two uses citrus and garlic to wake up the naturally rich flavors of the salmon for a healthy, elevated date night dish.
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6. Salmon Spinach Pasta with White Wine Sauce

plated salmon spinach pasta with white wine sauce served with a lemon wedge
This quick 30-minute Salmon Spinach Pasta features with zesty white wine sauce made with butter —no cream needed. Plus, this recipe uses just 10 ingredients, making it perfect for those days when you want a flavorful and satisfying pasta dinner with salmon that’s simple to make!
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7. One-Pot Smoked Salmon Pasta with Parmesan

Two plates of One-Pot Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta
This Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta Parmesan is the perfect balance of rich and creamy sauce and the smoky and salty flavor of lox. Only one pot and 20 minutes required!
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8. 30-Minute Spicy Salmon Bowl

Overhead shot of Spicy Salmon Bowl with Sauce
This Spicy Salmon Bowl is a 30-minute wonder! Filling and flavorful, this quick dinner is the perfect balance of spicy, savory, and sweet!
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9. Creamy Blackened Salmon Pasta

Close up of 2 servings of Blackened Salmon Pasta
This Blackened Salmon Pasta consists of crispy, flavorful salmon atop creamy, well-seasoned pasta accompanied by tasty veggies.
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10. Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce assembled on a large white plate
These Salmon Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce are fresh, slightly spicy, and have a subtle sweetness from the coconut rice. Ready in just 30 minutes!
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11. 20-Minute Chimichurri Salmon

20-Minute Chimichurri Salmon
This Chimichurri Salmon recipe teaches you how to make a quick, classic chimichurri to marinate your baked salmon with. Ready in 20 minutes!
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12. Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Overhead image of 25-Minute Pistachio Crusted Salmon
This Pistachio Crusted Salmon is juicy & flaky on the inside and nutty & crunchy on the outside, making for a gourmet meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes!
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13. Old Bay Salmon (Only 4 Ingredients!)

Old Bay Salmon on a plate with lemon slices
This simple yet effective recipe for Old Bay Salmon comes together in just 15 minutes in the oven and requires just 4 ingredients.
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14. Sheet Pan Salmon with Asparagus and Potatoes

Sheet Pan Salmon Asparagus and Potatoes on a plate with a fork
This quick and easy sheet pan meal gives you delicious and perfectly roasted Salmon with Asparagus and Potatoes in under 30 minutes!
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15. Easy Baked Salmon Nuggets

Salmon Nuggets in a basket with 3 sauces
These Easy Baked Salmon Nuggets are extra crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. This recipe uses simple ingredients to allow the natural flavors of your salmon shine, and requires less than 30 minutes!
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16. Creamy Cajun Salmon and Grits

Creamy Cajun Pan-fried Salmon and Grits
This super creamy Cajun salmon and grits is so delicious! Pan-fried salmon tops velvety grits that’ll transport your taste buds to the heart of the South. This salmon dinner recipe comes together in just 30 minutes— making it a perfect choice for a quick but flavor-packed meal.
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17. Roasted Salmon Wrap with Greek Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Salmon Wrap with Greek Yogurt Sauce.
This delicious Salmon Wrap is fresh and filling with roasted garlic salmon, fresh veggies, and a tangy Greek Yogurt sauce. Ready in 30 minutes.
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18. 25-Minute Teriyaki Salmon Noodles

Teriyaki Salmon Noodles served with lime wedges in shallow bowl.
These quick and easy Teriyaki Salmon Noodles boast a beautifully sweet and savory flavor with thin, saucy noodles and tender and juicy salmon.
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19. Roasted Honey Sriracha Salmon

Two dinner plates with rice, broccoli, and honey sriracha salmon.
This quick and easy Honey Sriracha Salmon boasts bold sweet, spicy, and salty flavor with just 7 simple ingredients and in less than 30 minutes.
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20. Bang Bang Salmon

Drizzling extra bang bang sauce over crispy salmon bites.
Inspired by Bonefish bang bang shrimp, this crispy, bite-sized bang bang salmon requires just 5 ingredients to bring bold flavor, beautifully balanced between savory, sweet, and spicy.
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I hope this list of Simple Salmon Recipes gives you delicious inspiration and teaches you how to easily prepare a tasty salmon dish! If you’re still unsure where to start, I’ve included this 5-ingredient, 30-minute Roasted Garlic Salmon for two!

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17+ Simple Salmon Recipes, including Roasted Garlic Salmon

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Simple Salmon Recipes that are as approachable as they are delicious, plus this Roasted Garlic Salmon for two that uses citrus and garlic to wake up the naturally rich flavors of the salmon.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 portions salmon (1 portion = approx. 3 to 5 ounces)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (1 lemon = approx 4 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Mince your garlic and cut your salmon into individual portions (about 3-5 ounces each) if necessary. Pat dry the salmon with a paper towel (try these bamboo paper towels for a more sustainable option!).
  • Place salmon on baking sheet skin side down (option to line with aluminum foil). Squeeze the lemon juice on top.
  • Season each fillet generously with steak seasoning and use clean hands to press minced garlic on top to form an outer crust.
  • Drizzle olive oil on top of the garlic as evenly as possible.
  • Roast for about 20-25 minutes on the top rack until the salmon is cooked through (internal temperature should reach 125°F) and the garlic is just starting to turn golden-brown. *
  • Serve hot with your favorite side dish. I love serving this with Boursin Mashed Potatoes and Garlic Lemon Asparagus.

Pro Tips

  • If you feel your salmon is cooked through but your garlic is not yet browned, turn your oven on broil and watch it closely. Usually, your garlic will roast within 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • You can use any steak seasoning in this recipe!

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Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Easy, Fish Dinner, Healthy, Pescatarian, Salmon Dinner, Salmon Recipes, Sheet Pan
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