easy salmon recipe ideas

Sometimes, preparing a meal isn’t quite as satisfying as actually eating it. After intense laborshopping, cooking, and setting the table—it’s hard to believe that you can gobble up a dish in a mere 15 minutes. Not all meals have to be strenuous, though. You can skimp on time without forgoing taste, especially when you make one of these easy salmon recipes for a delicious and quick dinner.

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Cook a simple pot of rice or whole grains and steam some veggies—or just add a salad for an easy side—and get ready for healthy and delicious options that won’t leave you exhausted after the end of an already tiring day.

1. Honey Garlic Butter Salmon

The blogger behind Rasa Malaysia shares a foil-wrap salmon recipe that provides a sweet and savory lemon-garlic-honey-butter combo—and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. What do you have to lose? Get the Garlic Lemon Butter Salmon recipe. (Consider serving with our Easy Baked Asparagus Fries recipe—which can also be made in an air fryer.)

2. Grilled Chile-Lime Salmon

grilled salmon recipe


This zesty take on salmon uses chili powder and lime juice to give it an extra jolt (plus a quick sauce of sour cream, lime, and cilantro). If you don’t have a grill, take out your cast iron griddle and in 15 minutes, you’ll have yourself a delicious meal. Get our Grilled Chile-Lime Salmon recipe.

3. Parmesan-Crusted White Wine Dijon Salmon

“White wine.” Need we say more? Blogger Becky Hardin’s filling recipe takes 10 minutes to prep and 15 to cook, so there’s no excuse not to indulge. Naturally, whatever wine you don’t use while cooking needs to accompany your salmon supper, so make sure your glasses are ready. Get the Parmesan-Crusted White Wine Dijon Salmon recipe.

4. Teriyaki Pineapple Salmon

Thanks to the Unicorns in the Kitchen blog, salmon gets the teriyaki treatment with an easy 25-minute recipe. Add pineapple slices to enhance the luau effect—and juicy taste. Get the Teriyaki Pineapple Salmon recipe.

5. Broiled Salmon with Ginger and Soy

broiled ginger soy salmon recipe


Add an Asian flavor to your salmon with this dish, thanks to ginger, soy sauce, garlic, and fresh orange juice and zest. Though it’ll only take about 15 minutes to prepare, you’ll have to marinate the fish for about 20 minutes. White rice isn’t required, but you’re going to want to pair your dish with some carbs to really feel satisfied. Get our Broiled Salmon with Ginger and Soy recipe.

6. Cedar-Planked Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce

cedar planked salmon in oven


The best thing about this salmon selection—other than the fact that it’s ready to eat in 25 minutes—is how it makes the perfect option for either brunch or dinner. If you can’t decide when to enjoy this tangy fish dish, we suggest having it for both meals. If you don’t have a cedar plank handy, make this in a skillet or under a broiler; the lemon, herbs, and Greek yogurt will still make it taste amazing (and you can add a tiny drop of liquid smoke if you like). Get our Cedar-Planked Salmon with Herb Yogurt Sauce recipe.

7. Bourbon Salmon

Basil & Bubbly’s Southern-inspired ideas will make sure bourbon-infused salmon is your new go-to. The simple dish doesn’t even take 20 minutes to prepare. When you’ve had one of those days at work, you can come home to a delectable supper without the hassle—save that for the office. Get the Bourbon Salmon recipe.

8. Dukkah Crusted Salmon

dukkah crusted salmon


This 15-minute salmon recipe is a great reason to keep dukkah in your spice cabinet—but if you keep a selection of nuts, seeds, and spices, it’s easy enough to blend some up at home in a spice grinder before you start the salmon. Get our Dukkah Crusted Salmon recipe.

9. Maple-Mustard Grilled Salmon

maple mustard glazed salmon recipe


Whether you grill or broil your salmon, this glaze of whole grain mustard, maple syrup, and cider vinegar is effortless and perfectly balanced between sweet and tangy. Get our Maple-Mustard Grilled Salmon recipe.

10. Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon

Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon recipe


Red miso paste adds a deep umami savor to this easy glaze that also features fresh ginger, brown sugar, mirin, and soy sauce. The recipe details cooking a whole side of salmon, but the glaze is just as good on smaller steaks or fillets. Get our Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon recipe.

11. Grilled Salmon Kebabs with Lemon and Soy

Salmon Asparagus Kebabs


One more great way to cook salmon: cut it into meaty chunks and thread it onto skewers with vegetables like asparagus or zucchini, then brush with a simple glaze and grill (or broil). Here, we combine lemon juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger. Try using a Meyer lemon if you can find one. Get our Grilled Salmon Kebab recipe.

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