Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It's bursting with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals. It may help reduce the chance of developing heart disease and Alzheimers. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating some type of fatty fish at least twice a week.
Salmon is easy to prepare, easy to find, and so delicious. The mild, sweet flavor and smooth, buttery texture of salmon make it a favorite with kids and adults alike.
There is some controversy over contaminants in farm-raised salmon. Some of the feed that the captive salmon eat can be more polluted, while wild salmon eat a diverse diet. If you're concerned about this, try to find wild salmon. Look at food co-ops for organic salmon, and ask your grocer about the source. Even if you can only find farmed salmon, nutritionists say that its proven benefits, including reducing heart disease, outweigh the unknown risks from pollutants.
You can use salmon fillets or salmon steaks in any of these recipes. The steaks are larger than the fillets so they will take more time to cook. Remember the classic rule: fish cooks about 10 minutes per inch of thickness. And the doneness tests include: opaque flesh, flesh flaking when twisted with a fork, and flesh that springs back when pressed. Some people enjoy salmon when it's cooked to medium or medium-rare, but I like my salmon cooked well done. I'm concerned about food safety issues, even though when salmon steak or fillet is seared on the outside, the inside should be sterile. If you like your salmon cooked to medium or less done, reduce the cooking time in these recipes.
Enjoy these recipes for salmon. And you can learn more about cooking it to perfection in How to Cook Fish. Oh, and cook a couple of extra salmon filets or steaks. They're fabulous in recipes like Salmon with Fettuccine, Salmon Tacos, Salmon Patties, or any recipe that calls for canned salmon.
Salmon Fillet Recipes
- Glazed Salmon Fillets
A simple mixture of seafood cocktail sauce, honey, and garlic paste makes a fabulous topping for some simple grilled or broiled salmon. This lovely recipe is super easy.
- Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara
I love to make this recipe whenever I have made salmon during the week. Just cook an extra fillet or two and use it in this fabulous dish.
- Salmon Filet with Avocado Sauce
This gorgeous recipe is so colorful. You can use any fresh vegetables that you'd like in the Avocado Sauce.
- Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard
This simple recipe uses honey mustard salad dressing spiked with lemon juice and mayo as a sauce to keep the salmon super moist while it bakes.
- Salmon with Garlic and Dill
Cooking salmon en papillote, or wrapped up in foil with seasonings, is a sure-fire way to end up with the moistest salmon ever.
- Crockpot Salmon Filet with Caramelized Onions and Carrots
Cooking salmon in your crockpot is also a sure-fire way to ensure moist flesh. You can cook any combination of root vegetables for hours before you add the salmon.
- Microwave Salmon with Orange Sauce
The microwave oven is a fabulous way to cook fish. And this sweet and tart recipe is so simple, yet special enough for company.
- Lemon Salmon Pasta
Sour cream, lemon, and dill form the smooth and creamy sauce that covers cubed salmon and tons of bright, fresh vegetables.
- Roasted Salmon Fillets
You can use any spice combination you'd like in this super easy recipe. If you choose to use salmon steaks, cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Poached Salmon Fillets
The poaching liquid in this recipe is flavored with lemon, onion, and dill, but you can use any combination of aromatics and herbs.
- Mustard Grilled Salmon Salad
Another gorgeous dish that is bursting with color and flavor!
- Crockpot Poached Salmon Steaks
Use this recipe to poach salmon steaks in your slow cooker for perfect results.
- Grilled Dilled Salmon
Salmon steaks are marinated for a bit in a combination of lemon, olive oil, and dill, then grilled to juicy perfection.
- Maple Glazed Salmon Fillets