7 Quick and Easy Salmon Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
When I was in high school, my parents made a big lifestyle change that included improved diet and exercise. One of our staples when eating out became salmon. Many years later, it's still my favorite fish, but now I enjoy it at home around our family dinner table too. The best thing about salmon is that you don't have to be a professional chef or require expensive ingredients. This fish is simple to prepare, cooks fast, and has high levels of omega-3 fats and protein, but is relatively low in calories. I prefer fresh wild salmon, but you can opt for farmed or canned salmon also. Whether you already love salmon, or if you're ready to try something new, try these simple and healthy recipes to acquaint yourself with this amazing fish. 

Pistachio-Crusted Salmon 

Turn any night into a special occasion with this 20-minute meal inspired by a Parisian bistro.
CALORIES: 208  |  FAT: 10.7g  |  PROTEIN: 18.8g  |  CARBS: 7.3g  |  FIBER: 0.7g

Baked Salmon on a bed of tomato & spring onion, with lemon and chilli 

This is a very tasty and easy to make dinner. The salmon is cooked in its own tin foil parcels to absorb all the flavours and remain succulent. Perfect served with a green salad and balsamic dressing and some roasted baby new potatoes.
CALORIES: 361.4  |  FAT: 24.9g  |  PROTEIN: 26.7g  |  CARBS: 6.5g  |  FIBER: 1.7g

Chef Meg's Salmon Cakes

Use leftover roasted salmon from Chef Meg's Roasted Salmon with Caramelized Apple-Almond Pesto recipe to make these patties. While a salmon burger at a restaurant can cost more than $10 each, you can make four for less than that amount!

CALORIES: 399.5  |  FAT: 13.2g  |  PROTEIN: 31.1g  |  CARBS: 44.2g  |  FIBER: 5.8g


World's Best (and easiest) Salmon

This recipe is made with four simple ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to cook. 

CALORIES: 216.8  |  FAT: 7g  |  PROTEIN: 22.7g  |  CARBS: 14.9g  |  FIBER: 0.2g

Keep your kitchen clean and enjoy grilled salmon for dinner. 
CALORIES: 321.8  |  FAT: 13.5g  |  PROTEIN: 42.2g  |  CARBS: 5.5g  |  FIBER: 0.2g

Spinach Stuffed Salmon w/ Dill Yogurt Sauce

Beautiful, healthy stuffed salmon filet.
CALORIES: 251.6  |  FAT: 10.1g  |  PROTEIN: 32.8g  |  CARBS: 6.3g  |  FIBER: 1.7g

Chef Meg's Roasted Salmon with Caramelized Apple-Almond Pesto

Use pesto to add bursts of flavor to salmon. 
CALORIES: 251  |  FAT: 11.7g  |  PROTEIN: 23.8g  |  CARBS: 14.3g  |  FIBER: 3.8g

Bonus: You may also like this Honey Glazed Salmon recipe.

What is your favorite salmon recipe? Which of these will you try?

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ELRIDDICK 2/3/2020
Thanks for sharing Report
KHALIA2 11/30/2019
Looks delicious! Report
CECELW 11/27/2019
I don't like salmon. I don't like any fish really. If/when i do manage to eat it, it is very little. Report
thank you Report
These looks Yummy Report
yummy....can't wait to make them ALL... Report
Salmon is my favorite fish! Report
I love salmon Report
I love salmon Report
Can't wait to try a few of these! Report
New recipes to make. Report
thanks Report
I have made The World's Best and Easiest Salmon, and it is! Report
One great thing about Salmon in my home is that I am the only 1 that eats it! I have fallen in love with Salmon. Report
Quit being a salmon snob! Buy what you can afford, it's still better than most of the other stuff you eat. Keep it simple, don't over cook it. Real life means you can't be so picky Nicky about every food item..... Report
Agree with MARYJEANSL, avoid farmed salmon. If they have to resort to using food coloring to get the pink color in farmed salmon, something is wrong. Unfortunately, almost all "Atlantic" salmon is farmed; and the salmon served in most restaurants is Atlantic. Report
My only comment is that I would recommend avoiding farmed salmon. It doesn't have the nutrition that wild salmon does, largely because its diet isn't what wild fish eat. Report
Salmon is tasty anyway it is made. I hope Spark people do one on cod. Cod is challenging to make delicious without breading. I've failed several times at cooking naked cod. Report
I bought salmon knowing it was A) good for you; and B) it would make a nice change from chicken all the time. But after I bought it, I realized I don't know what to do with it! All of these recipes sound so terrific! Now I have some ideas on what to maybe fix myself for lunch tomorrow! Report
I will try the world's best as I happen to have all those ingredients today and was planning to make salmon for dinner. Report
I love salmon! I like to glace it with a layer of honey and mustard, sprinkle some chopped walnuts or sesame seeds on top and bake it in the oven. My 4 year old loves also loves it prepared that way. Report
YES! I think I will try them all!!!! LOL...Excited!

-Nichelle Report
thanks for the recipes and the beautiful, inspirational pictures.
I love salmon and cook it often. Report
I like my salmon with lemon and dill. I will definitely try Spinach Stuffed Salmon w/ Dill Yogurt Sauce.
My favorited Salmon Recipe is Salmon Croquettes. Easy to make and bake in the oven. Better than fried. I may try the last recipe with the apples-almond pesto and carmelized onions. The ones with the spinach sounds good too. Thanks! Report
yeah...i love salmon..its just like the one i eat when i was in Singapore! I love the taste! the thing is, i do have a problem in cooking :) that's why thank you and thanks to restaurant-match.com for it did really helped me a lot when i was there in Singapore!!

thanks for the share!!
Salt & pepper on both sides then put in a hot non-stick pan. Let sear completely before turning, same on other side. Put on top of thinly sliced, peeled cucumber. Simple and delicious. Report
Relatively low in calories??
From Spark's data base:
100 grams of salmon - 182 calories and 8 g of fat.
100 grams of t-bone steak - 132 calories and 4.5 g of fat.

Salmon is a great fish and the thing that is best about it is that you get balanced omega 3's and 6's in the food. It is very easy to prepare and tasty too, but low in calories it is not.
Salmon is my favorite fish; we eat it regularly. I usually just make it very simply with just a very light touch of salt, black pepper and a touch of olive oil. First I spray the pan with an all natural non-stick spray (not Pam as it's not all natural), then I may saute a garlic clove (then remove it) before I add the salmon. I saute it for a bit then flip it and cover it. Covering it helps it cook faster and eliminates the need for any extra olive oil. Just before it's done I'll squeeze some lemon juice over the salmon and that's it! Report
Salmon is recent find and I love it! Usually have a little honey mixed with soy sauce and red pepper flakes (and cilantro if I have it in the garden), marinate for about 10 mins and cook. The crusted salmon looks delicious and I'll give a it a try! Thanks for the recipes! Report
I particularly enjoy grilled salmon on a bed of greens!

True story: as an adult, I asked my mom one time..."I don't remember eating much seafood when we were growing up. Did I miss something?" (BTW, occasional canned salmon or tuna showed up at our house, but apparently nothing w/ "eyes" or gills!)
Her reply, "I HATE fish, seafood, etc."
Oh! -- At least she never shared that when we were kids, and did not pass on her sentiment or negativity about this food. Report
I love salmon. Report
worlds best salmon is now on the menu for tomorrow. :) Report
I still like to make salmon loaf once in a while (my Mom's recipe)not entirely sure it would pass muster here but what the hell. Comfort food is comfort food. Report
Every one sounded so good-I like fish particularly salmon and tilapia. But I think the one I would try first is the spinach stuffed salmon with dill yogurt sauce. Thank You for so many delicious salmon recipes. Report