Best quick & easy salmon recipes ideas

Rich in omega-3s, protein and B vitamins, salmon is not just delicious—it’s really good for you. Easy to cook, it can be done as a simple salad, a one pan wonder in the oven (scroll down to see our how-to video below), stacked into kebabs for grilling, or roasted and glazed to spicy-sweet perfection. Here are 27 salmon recipes to inspire your weeknight meals.

Photo, Carmen Cheung.

Broiled salmon Niçoise salad

A rainbow of fresh vegetables makes this broiled salmon salad a hearty and healthy meal. Get this broiled salmon Niçoise salad recipe.

Photo, Erik Putz.

Sweet and spicy glazed salmon with fennel and grapefruit salad

It’s an explosion of flavours: Sweet and spicy fish pairs beautifully with the sweet-tart salad. Get this glazed salmon with fennel and grapefruit salad recipe.

Salmon and asparagus sheet pan dinner

Baked on a single pan and ready in less than 30 minutes, this sheet-pan dinner is a great low-mess meal for busy weeknights. Get this salmon and asparagus sheet pan dinner recipe.

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Balsamic salmon kebabs

The sweet apricot jam offsets the sour balsamic vinegar, and the reduction (brushed on after the salmon has been barbecued) doesn’t overpower the fish. Get this balsamic salmon kebab recipe.

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Caramel salmon with carrot slaw

This is an easy stovetop recipe you can make at any time of the year. Plus, with a savoury caramel sauce and speedy side ‘slaw, it’s perfect for weeknights. Get this caramel salmon with carrot slaw recipe.

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Salmon fillets with green beans and zucchini orzo

Ready in less than 30 minutes, this light salmon-on-salad is a breeze to make after a long day. Get this salmon fillet with green beans and zucchini orzo recipe.

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Filipino sour salmon soup (Sinigang)

Loaded with pumpkin, eggplant and beans, this hearty salmon Sinigang (a Filipino sour and savoury stew-like soup) will fill you up! Get this Filipono sour soup recipe.

Photo, Erik Putz.

Baked salmon with acorn squash

The trick to moist, flavourful baked salmon is to keep the skin on, which helps prevent it from drying out. Plus, the layer of fat between the skin and the flesh is where most of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids are found. Get this baked salmon with acorn squash recipe.

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Salmon cakes with green beans

Made with canned salmon (a should-be cupboard staple), these cakes are a healthy, affordable and versatile choice. Get this salmon cakes with green beans recipe.

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Salmon with garlicky collard greens

Horseradish, honey and dijon give this salmon a spicy-sweet kick. Serve with a side of collards, sautéed with garlic and lemon. Get this salmon with garlicky collard greens recipe.

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Crispy salmon with dill pickled onions

This quick, colourful and crispy salmon is straight from Donna Hay’s cookbook, The New Simple. Get this crispy salmon with dill pickled onions recipe.

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Apricot-pistachio salmon with roasted cauliflower

For those nights you’re craving sweet and savoury, opt for these baked salmon filets with golden florets of roasted cauliflower. Get this apricot-pistachio salmon recipe.  

Photo, Sian Richards.

Roasted salmon salad with horseradish cream

A fresh and simple weeknight meal, starring avocado, crisp boston lettuce and warm roasted fish drizzled with spicy cream. Get this roasted salmon salad with horseradish cream recipe.

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Provencal pan salmon with roasted vegetables

Baked to perfection, this one-pan wonder makes healthy eating fresh, colourful and effortless. Get this Provencal pan salmon, with roasted vegetables recipe.

Photo, Sian Richards.

Pan-fried salmon with braised savoy cabbage

This pan-fried number is a high-protein meal you can make in just 35 minutes. Get this pan-fried salmon with braised savoy cabbage recipe.

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Glazed salmon with mango-lentil salad

Salmon is delicious with a balsamic-and–apricot jam marinade. Serve with an Indian mango-lentil salad and the white wine of your choosing. Get this glazed salmon recipe.  

Photo, Erik Putz.

Pan-fried salmon with brussels sprouts

Don’t get caught playing beat-the-clock in the middle of a busy week. Instead make this delicious, healthy, time-saving meal—ready in under 30 minutes! Get this pan-fried salmon with brussels sprouts recipe.  

Photo, Erik Putz.

Wild salmon cakes

These crisp and spicy fish cakes call for sustainable wild salmon, which makes them good for you—and the environment too. Get this wild salmon cakes recipe.  

Photo, Angus Fergusson.

Salmon and avocado omega burger

The combination of salmon, ground flaxseeds and avocado delivers a triple omega punch. Serve on multi-grain rye toast, topped with Boston lettuce and grainy Dijon. Get this salmon and avocado omego burger recipe.  

Photo, Sian Richards.

Sweet and spicy salmon with quinoa salad

Horseradish and honey-topped salmon paired with a zesty salad means a fast, fresh meal you can whip up any night of the week. Get this sweet-and-spicy salmon with quinoa salad recipe.  

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Pan-roasted salmon steaks with fennel

These golden steaks are served on a bed of arugula and chickpeas for a filling and boldly flavoured meal. Get this pan-roasted salmon steaks with fennel recipe.  

Photo, Michael Alberstat.

Seared salmon salad with ruby red grapefruit

Loaded with healthy and colourful ingredients, this filling salad gets an extra pop of flavour from a light grapefruit-dill vinaigrette. Get this seared salmon salad with ruby red grapefruit recipe.  

Photo, Ryan Szulc.

Sugar-and-spice salmon

You’ll love this delicious spice mixture atop salmon, roasted to perfection. Cooking for a party? Place fish on a platter and garnish with lemon slices. Get this sugar-and-spice salmon recipe.  

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Asian salmon cakes with avocado mayo

Topped with a sprinkle of fresh chopped cilantro and slice of lime, the key to this delicious dish is the creamy avocado mayo. Get this Asian salmon cakes with avocado mayo recipe.  

Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Glazed salmon with ramen and snow peas

Hoisin-glazed salmon, soft ramen and crisp, lightly sautéed peas make for a delicious 25-minute meal. Get this glazed salmon with ramen and snow peas recipe.

Photo, Carmen Cheung.

Baked salmon rice bowl with togarashi

Salmon gets a Japanese-inspired twist in this healthy rice bowl. (Plus, the leftovers are used to make dinner tomorrow night.) Get this baked salmon rice bowl with togarashi recipe.

Photo, Carmen Cheung.

Salmon burgers

Use yesterday’s salmon and vegetable leftovers to make baked salmon burgers with a tangy slaw. Get this salmon burgers recipe.


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