20+ Best Easy Salmon Recipes

These are the best salmon recipes you can count on for easy, healthy, and utterly delicious meals! From grilled, to baked, smoked, and pan-seared, salmon is truly one versatile and delicious fish. The only struggle is deciding which recipe to make first!

Orange glazed salmon in a pan.

I’m such a fan of salmon for it’s flakey, moist texture, refreshing flavor, and abundant health benefits – gotta love those omega-3’s. It’s honestly the fish I cook most often in my house, so I’m always devising new and creative ways to serve it. That’s why I’ve rounded up the BEST salmon recipes that you can serve for an ultra-satisfying meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.

How To Buy The Best Salmon

I know that shopping for salmon can be a bit overwhelming. There are many choices and it can be hard to choose between farm-raised or wild-caught, and fresh or frozen. Then there’s the question of which salmon variety reigns supreme. Here’s a few tips that will help you choose the perfect piece of fish.

  • Best Salmon Varieties: I always recommend grabbing sockeye, coho, or king salmon. Sockeye and coho are easy to find, vibrant in color, and have a rich flavor. King salmon is a luxurious splurge with the highest fat content, which means it’s the most exquisitely moist fish.
  • Wild vs. Farmed: Due to the many issues associated with fish farms (such as pollutants and various toxins), it’s best to go with wild-caught salmon. They’re caught in their natural environment, which gives them a healthier nutritional profile, better texture, and better flavor overall.
  • Fresh vs. Frozen: Often times, the “fresh” fish laying on ice at your local market isn’t always the freshest. It seems counter-intuitive, but frozen salmon is flash frozen immediately when caught, which preserves its freshness straight from the water. That’s why frozen salmon is your best bet!
  • Things To Look Out For: Generally, you want to look for salmon that have a bright orange or red hue and are firm to the touch. And when it comes to smell, fresh fish shouldn’t smell “fishy.” They should smell fresh and clean.
Best baked salmon recipes.

The Easiest Baked Salmon Recipes

When it comes to whipping up a fast, healthy dinner – nothing beats baked salmon. All you need is a simple sauce or marinade, and then a quick pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The results are always moist, juicy, and perfectly flakey!

  • Best Baked Salmon: This is a foolproof salmon recipe that you should know how to master. A simple lemon garlic butter sauce is all you really need to enhance a solid piece of fish.
  • Dijon Baked Salmon: This herbed dijon spread will have you swooning! And while this recipe calls for a whole salmon, you can also use salmon fillets.
  • Slow Roasted Salmon With Fennel and Orange: For an incredibly tender salmon, you can’t beat this slow roasting method. Plus, the fennel orange topping is the perfect citrus summer flavor pairing!
  • Salmon Patties: Transform a simple baked salmon into incredibly flavorful and moist salmon patties. Flake it up, stir it with herbs, onion, bell pepper, mayonnaise, and a few other things, then bake until perfectly golden.
  • Turmeric Salmon With Coconut Crisps: This is a simple stewy dish with baked salmon in a spicy turmeric base filled with tender greens.

Seared and grilled salmon recipes.

Seared and Grilled Salmon Recipes – Packed with Flavor!

For a subtle charred yet smokey vibe, try searing or grilling your salmon! These methods are much easier than you think, and they give you freedom to test out a variety of mouthwatering glazes.

Smoked salmon recipes

Smoked Salmon Recipes That Are Crowd-Pleasers

Sure, smoked salmon and cream cheese are the ultimate combo, but it doesn’t stop there. Add smoked salmon to frittatas, salads, and other fun appetizers. Your guests will be raving and going back for seconds!

Best smoked salmon recipes.
  • Smoked Salmon Cheese Ball: This show-stopping appetizer is a grown-up version of everyone’s favorite party snack – cheese balls!
  • Smoked Salmon Pinwheels: For another crowd-pleasing appetizer, these pinwheels are always a winner. Roll up smoked salmon with a creamy chevre mixture, and spinach in soft tortillas (or my cassava flour tortillas).
  • Smoked Salmon Dip: You best believe smoked salmon can be blended into a dip! This one’s creamy, lemony, and the perfect summer appetizer.
  • Hot Smoked Salmon With Salted Yogurt And Fennel: Hot smoked salmon never looked (or tasted) better. Dress it up with a slab of Greek yogurt, sliced fennel, capers, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Easy salmon salad recipes

Light, Fresh and Easy Salmon Salads

Good news, salmon is a delicious and light way to amp up the protein in your salads! Choose from pan seared, smoked, or baked, and toss it with fresh veggies and of course avocado slices for a delightfully filling meal.

For more easy, delicious meal ideas… check out these other roundups, including the best easy dinner ideas, best healthy breakfast ideas, and my best meal prep recipes.

If you make any of these salmon recipes, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Best salmon recipes with seared salmon and salmon salad.

20+ Best Easy Salmon Recipes

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 1 salad
Author: Lisa Bryan
These are the best salmon recipes you can count on for easy, healthy, and utterly delicious meals! From grilled, to baked, smoked, and pan-seared, salmon is truly one versatile and delicious fish. Start your week with this delicious smoked salmon salad!


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 1 cup microgreens
  • 6 ounces smoked salmon, torn into pieces
  • 1 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • Champagne Vinaigrette


  • Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Then drizzle with the champagne vinaigrette.
  • Gently toss everything together and serve immediately.


Calories: 300.7kcal, Carbohydrates: 15.3g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 23.6g, Saturated Fat: 3.4g, Cholesterol: 9.8mg, Sodium: 402.4mg, Fiber: 5.8g, Sugar: 6.5g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Salmon Recipes, Easy Salmon Recipes, salmon recipes
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22 comments on “20+ Best Easy Salmon Recipes”

  1. If I don’t have the ingredients for the first recipe that comes up for some thing I searched I can’t find the other 19 when advertised 20 best. Please help

  2. Your link to the slow roasted salmon with fennel and orange takes you to a website called Food52 with a different salmon recipe. Just thought you’d like to know. 5 stars

  3. Hi Lisa, just discovered your Youtube channel.  I am super-plugged into all manners of healthy eating as I am helping my hubby recover from his triple CB surgery.  I hear a lot about the health benefits of beans, but lectin and other harmful contents in them worry me.  I know that if you cook them enough it should be safe.  My question:  your falafel recipe calls for using soaked garbanzo as oppose to canned,
    cooked garbanzo for the purpose of ease of formation.  Is this enough of “cooking” to eliminate
    the bad stuff?
    Thanks for all your work in this worthy endeavor.

    • Hi Carrol – I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes and videos! Unfortunately, I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, so can’t comment on how cooking might impact the lectin content. Sorry!

  4. Thank you so very much for all your videos and recipes. My family and I have a lot of digestive problems. I think that your blog post and videos will help us out tremendously.5 stars

  5. Can I eat salmon 5 times a week

    • I would probably switch it up throughout the week, as it’s always a good idea to eat everything in moderation.

  6. I found myself in your recipes. My family love it! We absolutely love all your meals, tips, breakfast, lunch and desserts. I can’t wait to try some new salmon recipes  since we always have salmon with lemon, garlic, black paper, salt and parsley.
    One thing I like to know more is some protein bars or any easy snacks that would be easy to take out for my family. You are very inspirational and I would like to know where can I find your book with recipes? 5 stars

    • Hi Lenche – happy to hear you and your family have been enjoying all my content so far! As for snacks, I actually have quite a few options, including homemade granola bars and energy balls :) You can check out my post titled “30+ Healthy Snacks For Every Craving” by using the search button.

  7. I love the ingredients you used especially the arugula I am off to check out that Champagne Vinaigrette5 stars

  8. What a great selection of recipes to try. Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  9. These all look so amazing I can’t wait to try them all!! The salmon frittata will be the first on my list!5 stars

  10. Smoked salmon is one of my favourite things so this salad is perfect and will make a great lunch.5 stars

  11. I love your recipe and love that it is fish. Delicious and definitely a awesome platter.5 stars