20+ Ways to Eat Salmon for Dinner

20+ Ways to Eat Salmon for Dinner

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Salmon is one of the most versatile fish options on the market. It can be prepared easily in many different variations, and even though it has a strong flavor, it combines well with many other foods, seasonings, and spices.

If you're looking for a new way to serve up this good-for-you fish, here are over 20 that are worth a try.

1. How to Make the Best Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil

Flaky, tender salmon drenched in rich garlic butter is easily the best thing you can throw on the grill (or the in the oven.)

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2. Easy Grilled Salmon with Plum-Basil Relish

If you don't have access to a grill, you can still make this sweet and savory recipe — just reach for a grill pan and cook it inside instead.

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3. Saucy Skillet Salmon

A sauce of burst cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic, and fresh thyme is a wonderful resting place for these crispy-skinned salmon fillets.

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4. Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Salmon with Potatoes and Asparagus

We love how fuss-free sheet pan dinners are, and this one is no exception. A sweet and savory glaze on the salmon makes this recipe extra crowd-pleasing.

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5. Spicy Salmon Black Bean Salad

Pick up a piece of hot-smoked salmon and you're looking at a no-cook dinner that's wholesome and satisfying. Plus, leftovers pack up great for lunch.

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6. 30-Minute Green Curry Braised Salmon

This Thai-inspired dinner makes use of green curry paste to create something extra flavorful in next to no time.

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7. Salmon and Kale Caesar Wraps

Don't overlook that can of salmon: It makes for a cheap and easy dinner when wrapped up with kale in this riff on Caesar salad wraps.

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8. How To Make Lox at Home

Lox isn't just a brunch food — you can serve the salt-cured salmon for dinner as well. Maybe it's time to make it homemade. You'll get to boast about your accomplishments while everyone is happily munching away.

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9. Baked Salmon with Herbs & Lemon

The key to this delicious salmon recipe is baking it low and slow — and keeping a pan of water in the oven while it's cooking. This will keep your fillets from drying out.

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10. Salmon Cakes with Creamy Garlic Sauce

These salmon cakes are a great way to reimagine leftover salmon. They are a cinch to whip up and can be made a couple at a time or in a big batch, depending on how much salmon you have and how many mouths you have to feed.

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11. Smoked Salmon Dip

Make this dip the next time you're having a low-key dinner with friends where everyone brings something to share. It's sophisticated and simple, and we promise there won't be any left at the end.

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12. Farro Bowl with Crispy Salmon and Toasted Sesame Spinach

We love this grain bowl combination because farro is one of the few grains that can hold its own against a salmon fillet without being overpowered. Consider this the meal that will help you stick to any diet goals you've made this year.

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13. Slow-Cooker Poached Salmon with Lemons & Fresh Herbs

If you're looking for an easy salmon recipe, look no further. You won't need a ton of extra time for this slow-cooker dish, but you do still get to enjoy a pretty much hands-free meal of perfectly poached fish fillets.

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14. Salmon and Black Sesame Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

If you've never had onigiri, you're in for a treat. These rice balls are kind of like the sandwiches of Japanese cuisine. And while you can make them with any number of flavors and fillings, we're partial to this rich salmon version.

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15. Mustard-Glazed Salmon

If you're planning to serve salmon for a dinner party, this is the recipe to choose. It's simple to prepare, looks incredibly impressive, and tastes just as good when served hot or cold. So if your dinner guests show up late, you can still serve it stress-free.

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16. Seared Salmon with Soy, Scallions, and Ginger

There's no better flavor combination than a delicious seafood dish loaded with plenty of scallions and ginger. This flavorful meal will earn a place in your weeknight meal rotation for sure.

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17. Panko-Crusted Salmon with Dill & Lemon

Would you have ever guessed that this elegant meal comes together in just 20 minutes? Be sure not to skip the panko bread crumbs, which make the crust so flaky and light.

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18. Simple Salmon Teriyaki

This dish is so simple to make because it only has four ingredients, but don't think that a straightforward recipe means it's lacking in flavor. The key is broiling it in the oven to really bring out the caramel flavors.

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19. Smoked Salmon Egg Boats

Perfect for brunch or breakfast-for-dinner, these easy-to-make egg boats are a crowd-pleaser. And once you get the technique down, the sky is the limit in terms of fillings you can use. Salmon's still our favorite, though.

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20. Broiled Salmon with Spiced Butter

This quick salmon dish is anything but basic. It gets its mouth-watering flavor from the spiced butter made with baharat, a Middle-Eastern spice blend that includes black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and other warming spices.

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211. Warm Potato and Salmon Salad

To make this salmon and potato salad truly delightful, make sure you select a high-quality canned salmon. There are plenty of great, reasonably priced options out there now, and you'll be able to taste the difference in this salad.

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22. Smoky Salmon BLTs

We can think of no more decadent sandwich than a salmon BLT. It has everything we could want in one delicious, compact dish. To really take things to the next level, serve it on a buttery croissant. Perfection!

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