If salmon isn’t yet a part of your regular dinner rotation, then it should be: The coral-fleshed fish is packed with protein, vitamin D, and cholesterol-clearing omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also quick-cooking, easy to handle, and amenable to all manner of sauces and techniques. And did we mention its rich flavor and buttery texture? You should be sold on salmon by now, but just in case you’re not, here are 13 recipes to convince you.

1. Easy Salmon with Lemon and Capers

The first recipe every salmon lover should master is one for simple, crisp-skinned fillets. These take a dip in a marinade of parsley, lemon, and olive oil before being pan-seared and finished off with a garlic-caper butter sauce.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

2. Wild Salmon Crudo

If you’re lucky enough to have access to incredibly fresh wild-caught salmon, serve it as a crudo with nothing more than lemon juice, olive oil, and arugula.
Photo and recipe from Bon Appétit

3. Salmon and Asparagus Kebabs

Wild salmon and asparagus brochettes are an all-around win: They’re easy enough to enjoy on a weeknight, elegant enough to serve when guests are coming over, and healthy enough to eat as often as you’d like.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

4. Paprika Grilled Salmon with Lemon Aioli

This recipe draws inspiration from Spain, with its quick marinade of olive oil and pimentón and a punchy, garlicky aioli dressing.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

5. Salmon en Croûte

Salmon en croûte is the epitome of a dinner party trick: showy and extravagant-looking in appearance, ridiculously easy to make in reality.
Photo and recipe from YouTube

6. Tandoori Salmon

Coating salmon in a tandoori marinade allows it to take on the flavors of garam masala, ginger, and paprika; the thick yogurt sauce helps the delicate fish retain moisture.
Photo and recipe from Saveur

7. Dilled Salmon Salad

Salmon takes on an entirely different personality when it’s cooked, chilled, flaked, and served as a saladlike topping on bread, crackers, or lettuce greens.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

8. Grilled Salmon

If you’ve got 20 minutes, then you have time to make this grilled salmon with maple-mustard sauce.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

9. Cedar-Planked Salmon with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Grilling salmon on a cedar plank imparts a gentle smokiness that pairs nicely with the fish’s generous fat content.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

10. Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon

Red miso’s salty and astringent flavor adds backbone to a soy-mirin glaze.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

11. Baked and Breaded Salmon

Breading and baking salmon is one of the most foolproof ways to prepare it, but make sure the fish is free of any pin bones before topping it with a panko coating.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

12. Grilled Salmon Burgers

Our grilled salmon burgers are an easy way to swap out saturated fat in favor of brain-boosting omega-3s. Serve them with an array of condiments, like soy rémoulade, mango, tomato, and onion salsa, or tzatziki.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

13. Fish Pie

This UK-inspired hot-smoked salmon and white fish shepherd’s pie is proof that salmon can be rib-sticking comfort food, too.
Photo and recipe from CHOW

Susannah Chen is a San Francisco–based freelance writer. When she’s not cooking or writing, she’s on the hunt to find the world’s best chilaquiles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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