10 Best Ways to Cook Salmon

Salmon is not only versatile, it's quick-cooking and delivers a healthy dose of nutrients in every bite. Try one of these recipes, all featuring this favorite fish as the star.

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    This garlic ginger salmon recipe is a great example of how Asian flavors really enhance this fish. If you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious salmon recipe, give this a try.

  • 02 of 10

    This delicious roast salmon recipe uses a simple potato and leek chowder as a light and tasty sauce. The roast salmon pairs very nicely with the earthy leeks, and the potatoes and bacon in the broth makes the recipe very comforting.

  • 03 of 10

    Wild Salmon Cakes


    This is an updated salmon cake recipe inspired by midwestern recipes that used canned salmon before fresh fish from the coasts was as available. If you've never used canned salmon before, you are in for a big surprise. Not only is it great for a recipe like this, but canned salmon is always wild caught, and far superior nutritionally than farmed fresh salmon. The capers give this salmon cake recipe a slight brininess that brings out the great flavor of the wild fish.

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    Photo © Flickr user Hanataro

    If you love the smoky flavor of grilled salmon, but hate risking disaster trying to flip it, then this "no flip" grilled salmon recipe is for you. The salmon cooks on the skin side only, and the heat slowly transfers up through the filet resulting in a subtle smoked flavor and moist texture.

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  • 05 of 10

    This extremely basic grilled salmon steak recipe lets the fish be the star. Grilled salmon steaks are so delicious that heavy sauces and marinades just get in the way of the natural goodness. The fragrant tarragon and lemon add a subtle accent to this classic grilled salmon recipe.

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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    Mango salsa is a very popular topping for grilled salmon in restaurants, but not as common at home, which is a shame since it's so easy to do well. The tropical and tangy topping is a perfect match with smoky fish.

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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    This colorful and creative almond-crusted salmon with strawberry sauce recipe was adapted from one made for me by Chef Alex Araizaga at the Historic Santa Maria Inn in Santa Maria, CA. Strawberries are the major crop in that area of California, and here they are wonderful used in a savory salmon dish.

  • 08 of 10
    Salmon Baked on Aromatic Salt. Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    This is a great salmon recipe. Thick center-cut salmon filets are simply placed over coarse salt, which has been liberally studded with aromatic spices. As the salmon bakes on the salt, the aromas from the spices subtly permeate the fish.

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  • 09 of 10
    Salmon and Corn Chowder
    Salmon and Corn Chowder. Getty images

    This Salmon and Corn Chowder keeps dinner easy, yet interesting. Because I'm they type of cook that's easily bored, I like to make dishes that appeal to both my tastebuds and kitchen skills. As much as I like simple and straightforward comfort food when it's cold out, I don't want to cook something that makes me think: This again?

    So here you have an easy fish chowder, that mixes things up a little with the addition of tarragon and pancetta, and makes a simply delicious, hearty...MORE dinner.

  • 10 of 10

    Have some leftover cooked salmon? If so, give this delicious salmon hash recipe a try. Salmon hash is a takeoff on the popular breakfast recipe, corned beef hash, but is much lighter and lower in fat. The secret to a great hash recipe, whether you are using corned beef or another protein, is to parboil the potatoes first. This allows them to get crispy and crusty