Getting bored of adding chicken to everything that requires a healthy protein? Look no further, the answer is clear: salmon. It really is the perfect gateway fish if getting more seafood on your weekly menu is important to your healthy diet — it’s versatile, cooks relatively quickly, and doesn’t require much fuss when preparing it. No matter what flavors you want to incorporate, from curry and sriracha or garlic, lemon, and herbs to honey, garlic, and sesame and just about everything in between, salmon is the ideal blank canvas to have fun with flavor and spice. Plus, salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids which helps with metabolism, so the more often you welcome salmon into your routine, the better you’ll feel. Don’t be intimidated by this pink, fleshy fish; these 15 healthy salmon recipes are simple to prepare and can all be whipped up and on the table in less than an hour.
1. Easy Healthy Baked Salmon
Salmon can be a finnicky fish, but once you get the hang of cooking it, you’ll want to make it every night. This baking method packs a lot of flavor with dried herbs and lemons and makes this delicate fish a memorable one.
20 minutes 200 calories Easy
2. Easy Honey Garlic Salmon
Honey and browned butter help give this salmon a crispy, caramelized finish after bathing in this delightfully sweet and savory sauce and a few minutes in the broiler.
20 minutes 340 calories Easy
3. Baked Salmon in Foil
Cooking salmon in foil is a classic, tried and true method to ensure a perfectly cooked fish. Coat this side of salmon in extra virgin olive oil and just about any herb mixture you can think of, and you’re guaranteed to get a delicious final product.
30 minutes 180 calories Easy
4. Healthy Lemon Garlic Salmon
Salmon can go from perfectly cooked to dry in a matter of seconds, so paying attention to this fish while it’s in the skillet is important. Searing the salmon helps to lock in moisture, so don’t forget to treat this delicate fish right – nothing is more unappetizing than an overcooked salmon.
15 minutes 260 calories Easy
5. Hearty Salmon Chowder
Chowder may seem like too heavy of a soup for a delicate fish like salmon, but this chowder uses coconut milk to lighten up the broth while also adding a delightful sweetness which really rounds everything out.
40 minutes 300 calories Easy
6. Salmon Salad Power Bowls
Salmon is a powerful fish! This veggie bowl packs healthy fats, squash, berries, greens, and a sticky sweet balsamic glaze for a well-rounded meal that’s good for the body and soul.
15 minutes 250 calories Easy
7. Foil Baked Salmon with Asparagus
Cooking this salmon over a bed of asparagus means your entire dinner comes together in one foil packet. What could better than that?
25 minutes 280 calories Easy
8. Harissa Salmon, Broccolini, and Spinach One-Pot Pilaf
Not only does this salmon come out tender and flaky, this one-pot simmering method will get your rice to the perfect consistency while also flavoring it with the rest of the ingredients.
20 minutes 250 calories Easy
9. Mexican Grilled Salmon Salad with Avocado Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Salmon is a pliable protein that can fit in well with all sorts of cuisines. In this recipe, the seasoning and the salad base have Mexican influences from ancho chili powder and cumin, while the dressing has Greek yogurt, avocado, and dill for some light and creamy Greek flavors, and it all comes together beautifully.
35 minutes 460 calories Easy
10. Chile Lime Salmon Fajita Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
This hearty salad is packed with protein and spice and is good for you, too. Despite the long list of ingredients, once you start making it everything comes together easily. Make this a regular lunch option to give you the afternoon energy to take on the day.
30 minutes 700 calories Easy
11. Spicy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema
Tacos are a dream dinner; easy to put together and almost always a crowd pleaser. Green cabbage provides the right amount of crunch, and lime crema cools down the fiery fish, made spicy from a nice hit of cayenne.
25 minutes 350 calories Easy
12. Easy Paleo Salmon Cakes
Salmon cakes are the answer to the question of “what should I do with this leftover salmon from dinner?” Mix up your ingredients, fry them up on the skillet, and bask in the effortless and delicious dish you just made.
25 minutes 70 calories Easy
13. Sesame Ginger Salmon
The salty sweet sesame glaze for this salmon is really what makes this dish sing. Make some extra and set it aside so you can pour it over your rice, and just about anything else.
1h 05m 440 calories Easy
14. Green Curry Salmon and Cashew with Quinoa
There is a lot going on in this dish with flavors and textures, and salmon is the perfect backdrop for all of it. Green curry provides sweet and spicy notes, while cashews add just the right amount of crunch.
25 minutes 375 calories Easy
Gluten Free Healthy
15. Sweet Chili Salmon Skewers
Coat your salmon in sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, and the sweet chili sauce, skewer them up with scallions, and be amazed at how perfect your salmon turns out in less than 30 minutes.
30 minutes 200 calories Easy