40+ Salmon Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight
If you’ve been saving salmon for special occasions, it’s time you know that it makes an incredibly weeknight friendly dinner. Depending on how you cook it, you can get a salmon dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes and with just a few ingredients — without it tasting dry or overcooked. Really.
Why Salmon Is a Weeknight Dinner Hero
If you’re new to cooking with salmon, you might feel intimidated. Don’t be! Not only is it easy to pull off, it’s also super-versatile and doesn’t need a lot of extra ingredients or prep work to shine. Here’s why it’s a weeknight dinner hero:
- There are a lot of ways you can cook salmon: It can be baked, broiled (one of my favorites!), or slow-roasted (my other favorite!); it can be pan-seared, poached, or grilled; it can be made in the slow cooker and the air-fryer.
- You can cook salmon straight from frozen. This works best when you’re baking it, so we still recommend planning ahead and defrosting the frozen salmon overnight in the fridge most of the time.
- Did we mention it’s easy? You don’t need a lot of extra ingredients or prep work to turn a couple salmon fillets into a really good dinner. It could be as simple as some garlic, butter, fresh herbs, or mustard. If you’re feeling ambitious, consider stirring together a simple marinade to soak the fish while the oven heats up or you gather the rest of the ingredients for dinner.
Ready to get cooking? Here are over 40 easy salmon recipes you can cook any night of the week.
Baked Salmon Recipes
There’s no shortage of ways to cook up salmon in the oven. If you feel a little intimidated about cooking salmon, try one of our recipes for slow-roasted salmon – they’re foolproof.
Broiled Salmon Recipes
When you’re short on time, go ahead and cook your salmon under the broiler. You’ll have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes.
If you’re going for a saucy salmon dinner or love crispy-skinned fish, you’ll want to stick with cooking it on the stovetop.
Grilled Salmon Recipes
Don’t forget about cooking salmon on the grill. You can cook it right on the grates to get impressive grill marks, wrap it in a foil packet for an impossibly tender fillet, or cook it on a cedar plank.