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11 Healthy Salmon Recipes You're Going to Love

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These healthy salmon recipes are wonderful weeknight meals!

Salmon is always a good idea - it's incredibly healthy, flavorful, and can be prepared in a number of ways. It's great for busy weeknights because it cooks quickly.

We're sharing our favorite salmon meals with lots of flavors - hopefully you'll find at least one new and unexpected way to cook salmon!

If you love fish recipes, be sure to check out our other pescetarian recipes and seafood recipes


Mediterranean Salmon Recipe

You are going to love this delicious Mediterranean salmon recipe.

The tender salmon pairs wonderfully with the roasted vegetables, crumbly feta, red pepper flakes, and soft herbs. Make it with shallots or red onion - whichever you have on hand.

This easy salmon recipe is made on a sheet pan so the clean-up is easy and it's all made in one dish!

Baked salmon and veggies on a sheet pan.

Baked Sockeye Salmon in Foil

This delicious baked sockeye salmon recipe is made in foil is a simple and succulent dish. It's easy to make and you'll love the flavor!

This is the best way to cook sockeye salmon because it locks in the flavor and moisture in a way that sautéeing or grilling can't.

Baked sockeye salmon in foil, topped with lemon slices.

Juniper Berries Salmon

This juniper berries salmon with lime juice recipe is a delicious, healthy meal. It's ready in less than 25 minutes.

This is an easy recipe to throw together, but it’s full of flavor!

salmon with juniper berries and lime on a large serving plate

Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe

This sheet pan salmon with haricots verts and radishes and a mustardy dressing is an easy weeknight meal.

Cooking everything on a sheet pan makes for easy clean-up and minimal prep work. While it takes some time to roast, this great recipe calls for less than 10 minutes of hands-on time!

Salmon, green beans, and radishes on a sheet pan.

Furikake Salmon

This furikake salmon recipe is so easy to make and has a lovely earthy, briny topping. You'll only need a handful of ingredients for this awesome recipe.

Furikake is a Japanese rice seasoning that usually has some blend of bonito flakes, nori, black and white sesame seeds, and salt.

Serve it with a little soy sauce for dipping.

Four cooked salmon fillets topped with furikake seasoning on a white plate.

Mediterranean Salmon Salad

Tender salmon combines with crisp Romaine lettuce, juicy tomatoes and cucumbers, and much more for a delicious Mediterranean salmon salad recipe.

This healthy dinner recipe is one you'll make again and again!

A large platter of salmon salad.

Baked Salmon with Lemon

This easy baked lemon salmon with garlic butter is full of flavor.

It's a healthy pescatarian recipe that's easy to make on a weeknight. It's ready in less than 30 minutes and baked in a foil pack for easy cleanup.

You'll love the combination of garlic, butter, and lemon juice.


Spinach Feta Stuffed Salmon

This spinach stuffed salmon with feta recipe is a delicious, healthy meal for four. It's ready in less than 20 minutes.

This healthy salmon dinner recipe is easy to throw together and full of flavor!


Sesame Salmon with Everything Bagel Seasoning

This sesame salmon recipe is deliciously flavorful and made with just a few ingredients.

Using everything bagel seasoning adds a wonderful crust to the salmon.


Salmon with Blueberries

This salmon with blueberries recipe is a show-stopper!

Everyone loves this unusual and delicious recipe - the rich blueberry sauce pairs beautifully with the moist salmon. It's perfect for a special occasion.

salmon with blueberries on a plate with greens

Cara Cara Orange Salmon & Lentil Bowl

This delicious Cara Cara orange salmon and lentil bowl is an awesome, healthy weeknight meal. You're going to love how quick and easy it is to make.

oranges, salmon, greens, lentils in a bowl

We think these are the best salmon recipes - hopefully, you've found one you'd like to try.

Salmon FAQs

What to Serve with Salmon

Salmon has a lovely buttery flavor that pairs well with fresh salads, roasted vegetables, and soups.

While your salmon cooks, try making one of our favorite recipes that are great side dishes for salmon.

How much salmon per person?

In general, you should plan for 4 to 6 ounces of salmon per person. Usually, salmon fillets are 3 to 4 ounces each, so plan for 1 to 1 ½ fillets per person.

Which salmon is best?

There are a few kinds of salmon you can buy:

  • King (rich and buttery and the most expensive)
  • Sockeye (redder flesh, from the Northern Pacific)
  • Coho (reddish-orange color, cheaper than King or Sockeye)
  • Pink (best eaten fresh the day it's caught or as canned meat).
  • You can also buy wild salmon or farmed salmon at most grocery stores.

Can salmon be frozen?

Fresh salmon should be frozen almost immediately after being caught. Salmon isn't ruined if it's frozen, but if it was flash frozen, it shouldn't be frozen again.

Most grocery stores receive seafood frozen and then defrost it to sell. If you know your local grocery store does this, do not refreeze your salmon.

Is salmon healthy?

Salmon is wonderfully healthy – it’s a great source of protein, it’s good for your brain (lots of vitamin B12), it’s heart-healthy (and has healthy fats), good for building strong bones, and may help to lower the risk of chronic heart disease (source).

Is salmon sustainable?

To check the sustainability level of your salmon, consult the Monterrey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch.

How to tell if salmon is bad?

Salmon has gone bad if it has a strong ammonia smell: has a dull, pink color; it has a weak consistency (if the flesh is breaking down); or if the skin has a milky, white coating.

How to tell when salmon is done?

Salmon is done at 145 degrees F. The best way I’ve found to check this is to use an instant-read thermometer like this one (or any meat thermometer you have).

The flesh should be pink and opaque, instead of red and translucent. If the salmon filets have started to flake, they're done.

Yield: 4 servings

Healthy Salmon Recipes

Healthy salmon recipes - a piece of salmon with tomatoes and peppers.

Try one of our favorite healthy salmon recipes - this baked Mediterranean salmon recipe with tomatoes, bell peppers, and shallots is a delicious meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 ounces each) salmon pieces
  • 1 orange bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ pounds cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground sumac
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces crumbly feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Place the salmon on a parchment-lined baking sheet and pat it dry. Top it with half the olive oil, salt, sumac, and pepper. 
  3. Toss the bell peppers, shallots, and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl with the remaining olive oil, salt, sumac, and pepper. 
  4. Spread the vegetables around the sides of the salmon on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the feta across the salmon and the veggies. 
  5. Bake the salmon and veggies for 12 to 15 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. 
  6. Top the salmon and veggies with the chopped dill. 
  7. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 458mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

What healthy salmon recipes are your favorite?

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