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The Best Salmon Recipes

Updated on January 5, 2018
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Raye gardens organically, harvests rainwater, strives to eat locally, and honors the gods from her home in the Pacific Northwest.

The Joys of Cooking Salmon

Salmon has been discovered to be one of the healthiest types of fish you can eat. It doesn't have a "strong" fishy flavor which lets it be paired with many types of other foods, and its firm texture makes it easy to cook for beginning fish chefs.

Salmon is most often cooked as a fillet (a thin cut down the side of the fish with no bones) or a steak (a cross-section of the fish). Recipes can be as simple as some pepper and olive oil sprinkled on, or they can feature fancy sauces.

In addition to being a good lean source of protein, salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, found to boost good cholesterol and decrease the bad form. These polyunsaturated fats have been found to help with heart disease, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

Farmed salmon are frequently fed grains and other ground up fish, which is not only unnatural and unhealthy, but fish-farming practices are extremely bad for the environment. Please take just a moment and educate yourself on why you should buy wild-caught and not farmed salmon and why we need to support environmental efforts to protect our salmon resources. Also please consider sharing your opinion on fish-farming standards.

Grilled Salmon for Dinner

Grilled salmon, drizzled with a touch of balsamic, and a side of seasonal roasted vegetables is an easy, elegant and healthy dinner.
Grilled salmon, drizzled with a touch of balsamic, and a side of seasonal roasted vegetables is an easy, elegant and healthy dinner. | Source

Salmon with Roast Garlic Topping

This is my favorite way to cook salmon!

This makes a great dinner for a small group, and it's easy to double it up if you are having a larger party. It's also good for a dinner for two with plenty of healthy leftovers for lunch over the next day or two. If you can't get fresh lemons, it's okay to use a ready-squeezed juice.


  • 1 head of garlic, medium-sized
  • 1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. butter
  • 4 salmon fillets, about 6-7 oz. each
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice, fresh-squeezed if possible
  • 2 tsp. rosemary, fresh herb and finely-chopped

Instructions for Baking Salmon with Roast Garlic

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.Separate the garlic into cloves and peel. Put these in a small baking dish and pour enough olive oil over them to cover them. Wrap the dish in two layers of aluminum foil and bake for approx 30 minutes. The cloves should become nice and tender.
  2. After you remove the garlic, increase the oven temp to 450 degrees to pre-heat for the fish.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to fish the cloves out of the oil and put them into a food processor. Add about a tablespoon of the oil they were baking in, and the butter. (The remainder of the garlicky oil is nice served with a crusty bread for dipping as an appetizer). Puree the garlic, butter and oil, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Put the salmon on a baking sheet. I like to oil it slightly, put down a lettuce leaf, or a piece of baking parchment to keep the fish from sticking. Salt and pepper each fillet, then drizzle generously with lemon juice. Spread garlic puree evenly over the fillets.
  5. Bake until salmon is cooked through, approximately 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with rosemary and serve. (I like to serve it over greens, rice or mashed potatoes).

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    • relache profile image

      Raye 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Peachpurple, i support local foods, and for where I live usually, salmon falls into that category. Wintering in Vegas, I won't eat it due to the massive carbon cost of fresh fish in this town.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i don't really buy salmon because it is expensive here but i will bookmark this hub just in case

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      LouisAlbert 5 years ago from Taipei

      Thanks. I'm going to try to the pan-seared w/ tomato basil relish.

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      Chuck Field 5 years ago

      I tried this recipes last night with family and friends and everyone loved it. Thank you!

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      Nanceespages56 5 years ago

      My salmon always sticks... but still taste great.

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      Gregorious 5 years ago

      I love salmon! Grilled is my favorite. Thanks for the recipe links!

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      louromano 5 years ago

      Oh I love salmon. thanks for these amazing recipes. I am gonna try them out right away

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      Jilltravel 5 years ago from Indiana

      Hi there. I'm new to Hub Pages. Thanks for displaying such a wide variety of recipes and techniques for preparing salmon! I plan on trying your favorite way to prepare salmon! Oh and thanks for recently answering one of my questions about recipe review! I've posted two recipe reviews thanks to receiving some of your feedback! :)

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      GypsyFootedWoman 5 years ago

      I'm new to cooking salmon, and your recipe looks like a keeper, it was so yummy. Thank you

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      kelleyward 6 years ago

      Yum! I love salmon and am always looking for ways to change it up. I like it blackened also! thanks!

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      prism3x 6 years ago

      Great recipes..Salmon is one of my favorites!

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I was just telling my husband that I have to learn how to make a good piece of salmon. I love moist salmon. Too often it dries out. So glad that I found your hub!

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      Cmkrakora 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      This makes me hungry all over again. Awesome!

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      Web World Watcher 6 years ago

      Oh I love salmon. thanks for these amazing recipes. I am gonna try them out right away

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      scauthor1969 6 years ago from Upstate South Carolina

      Great post. We are always looking for new food ideas and we love salmon.

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      ChristopherKndy 6 years ago

      Nice hub, I plan on trying some of your salmon recipes soon!

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      ellahall2011 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipes,

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      lisa42 6 years ago from Sacramento

      I love salmon! Will definitely try the recipe with garlic.

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago from Indiana

      Trying to incorporate more salmon into the family menu...this hub is very helpful!

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      Eric Prado 6 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Really great hub! I love salmon! thanks for this hub! =)

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      jennifercriston 6 years ago from Oxford Road

      it appears to be yummy.

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      K. E. Bellamy 6 years ago from USA

      I was looking for some salmon patty recipes. Looks I found the right place. Thanks for all of the recipes and links.

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      jim wilson 6 years ago

      Used your recipes for a party of 130 they loved it. thanks

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      TravelinAsia 6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

      Only eat wild salmon! Farmed Salmon is disgusting! It should not be legal to farm salmon. The fish farms are killing off the wild salmon with disease!

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      Chicbrand 6 years ago from US

      Oh my god! This is my favourite,great!

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      TajSingh 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      So many recipes... so little salmon!

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      craigmissuea 7 years ago from USA

      While reading the recipe of salmon i got water in my mouth.

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      iamageniuster 7 years ago

      I eat salmon almost every week. Thanks for the recipe.

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      whitton 7 years ago

      I love Salmon and its so healthy for you. I have always just cooked it one way, but thank you for providing other ways and recipes to cook Salmon. I will have to try some of them!

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      CleanCuisine 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for all of the great resources.

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      David Pinkney 7 years ago from England

      Thank you for this hub, i really love salmon but always just cook it the same way everytime but now after reading your hub, i shall be trying sumthing new. Thank You.

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      Dianemae 7 years ago

      Had wonderful salmon dinner on my boat this past week-end. It was great and so good for you. Thanks for the recipes.

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      TazminianDevil 7 years ago from Kissimme,Florida

      oh yeah any way you prepared, salmon is great.My favorite Ginger and Tereyaki sauce and roasted garlic,Olive oil,salt ,pepper and a hint of honey. heat up all the ingredients cover the salmon place it in the oven for about 16-18 minute uncover.By this time the sauce has caramelized well all over. Oh my I can almost taste it

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      belliott 7 years ago

      Salmon with Roast Garlic Topping sound delicious. Thanks

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      blackhatworld 7 years ago from Belize

      I always rate your hubs AWESOME and vote them UP! I follow you because your really do have some of the best Hubs here. I miss my salmon from Victoria,BC


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      talfonso 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I love salmon, and thanks for providing information on the best ways to cook it - delicious!

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      Angela 7 years ago

      Ever notice farmed fish taste like purina dog food smells? That is because the fish are raised on dog food. Disguisting on so many levels!!!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      I love steamed salmon with ginger and parsley leave. Good to know other recipe here. Thanks !

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      Barbara C 7 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

      Great info & recipes - I've to this from my salmon recipe hub - hope that's OK :)

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      DARRYL WILLIAM CRAWFORD 7 years ago from Philadelphia PA to Tucson AZ.

      Yummy, yummy, yummy! Sounds great online I'm sure it's amazing on the kitchen, got to try it. Thank you for your hubs.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is the best salmon recipe hub (in my opinion) I have added a link from our Grocery Shopping List hub to this one - I hope you don't mind.

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      This looks like a wonderful recipe. I'm rating this up and bookmarking it. I'm definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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      recipescol 7 years ago

      I love salmon good for our health have omega 3

      nice hub

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      DragonOZ 7 years ago from Australia

      Some great recipes here. My personal favorite is prosciutto wrapped salmon.

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      Eddy2106 7 years ago from Chicago Suburb, IL

      Great hub, i love salmon when we get to eat it in Miami, which is about once a year.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I love salmon, but don't have a variety of ways to prepare it, thanks for the recipes. I will be putting in my favs for a reference.

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Wow, some of those look really good! Can't wait to give them a try.

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      SidneyMorgan 7 years ago from Australia

      I love salmon and am looking forward to trying out some of these recipes. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This is excellent. Especially considering, I LOOOOVE Salmon. Thanks for sharing friend!

      L, Daniel

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      rdelp 8 years ago

      I'm a big fan of salmon and I typically grill it at home.

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      Kathleen Lewis 8 years ago from Southern Michigan

      Your favorite way to cook salmon is now MY favorite way to cook salmon. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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      Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

      Sounds yummy, can't wait to give it a try.

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      itcoll 8 years ago

      i just cannot resist those these recipes.

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      bengriston 8 years ago

      I absolutely love salmon. And after days of nothing but turkey it sounds even better.

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      Cleanclover 8 years ago from Piece of land!

      I love fish and prawns. Your recipe looks delicious. Thank you

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      Clara Ghomes 8 years ago

      Yummy mummy! nice hub.. loved the recipe would try for sure...:)

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      Egoodman 8 years ago

      Thank you for these good ideas to cook salmon.

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      Michele 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Love Salmon. Fresh is best. Say no to farm raised for various enviromental and health reasons.

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      lyricsingray 8 years ago

      I have a lot to learn - glad I'm your Fan! Thanks, kimberly

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      Jen King 8 years ago from Wyandotte Michigan

      I'm surprised about farmed salmon! I would have thought the correct choice would be to buy farmed fish. Thanks for the info!

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      MikeNV 8 years ago from Henderson, NV

      Unfortunately Atlantic Farmed Salmon which you find in most stores and many restaurants does not have the health benefits of wild caught salmon.

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      emdi 8 years ago

      I love smocked salmon. I am waiting for my next Finland trip to get some

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

      Great Hub!

      I am a salmon lover as well. Great idea with lemon and garlic. You will have to try my salmon



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      Wbisbill 8 years ago from Tennessee USA

      I love salmon. Thank you for the great recipes!

      Thumbs up from a new fan!

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      tourmaline2777 9 years ago from Chicago

      Great Hub! Thanks for all of the recipe links.

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      I simply love salmon in any form. From smoked Scottish to grilled and all between.

      Poor fish need to die for our culinary pleasure...

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      Raye 9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Actually, JMHO, fish farming can be really unhealthy for the fish who are raised there. What would be best for everyone is sustainable usage of our natural oceanic resources, not just manipulating supplies for culinary fashions.

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      blackjava 9 years ago from Canada

      Great Hub

      I love salmon done up in a smoker, cooker.

      I agree that we need to protect our wild salmon. However, I don't agree that we should stop salmon farming as an industry. The whole issue revolves around the farmed salmon escaping into the wild and spreading disease.

      I saw a program on some of the methods they are trying to develope to contain the farmed fish. That is where the problem lies. When some one figures that out, there shouldn't be a problem.

      I hope :)


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      Live N Learn 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hi, Relache! I like your hubs. In fact, you're the first hubber I knew when I first entered in the HubPages. And I agree with New Horizons, the natural habitat of wild salmon should be preserved by all of us... I also wish that you'll see my latest hub, it is also about salmon:-)

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      new horizons 9 years ago from Oregon, USA

      Hi Relache,

      Salmon is my all time favorite fish here in the Pacific Northwest, and I am always looking for good recipes. Thanks for a great site, and thanks also for mentioning the need to forego farmed salmon.

      All fish farming is an ecological disaster and a nutritional disaster, too. So, I encourage people NOT to eat farmed fish, and to insure that the world's wild fish stocks are managed carefully.

      I'm new to HubPages, so I hope you will come check out my first Hubs, too.

      Take care!

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      Evelyn Lim 9 years ago from Singapore

      The picture here caught my eye. I just had to check out the salmons featured here! Yummy!

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      Sandra Butler 10 years ago

      I have never had the pleasure of eating salmon other than my moms salmon I will have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      Misha 10 years ago from DC Area

      I love salmon, too - but just the raw one. Cooking kills the tenderness...

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      Rudra 10 years ago

      love salmon. love it grilled with olive oil, mustard and herbs all over it, thanks.

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      Raye 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Not a clue, Donald. You'll just have to eat it until you can reverse engineer it...

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      Donald Miller 10 years ago

      The Smokey Bones restaurant chain serves grilled salmon. It is served with a tangy sweet glaze. I have been unable to duplicate the flavor. Do you know how the chain prepares their glaze.

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      Raye 10 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Freshly-caught is the best! Enjoy!

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      Judy Asman 10 years ago from Orange

      Congrats on your newsletter profile! I'm glad they wrote about you. I just so happen to have freshly caught Alaskan salmon from my brother. Was wondering what to do with it. I'll try one of your recipes.

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      got dinner 10 years ago

      One of my favorite is when small whole wild salmon is available. This simple receipe goes great with rice, fresh green beans and crusty bread.

      In an oven save dish just big enough for the fish with head and tail removed, melt one stick of butter. Place salmon in dish and in oven at 350. Turn over in 10 minutes and cook till done (depends on size).

      Serve with the melted butter as the sauce and it goes great on the rice or to dip the bread in.

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      jstankevicz 10 years ago from Cave Creek

      Great HubPage! Farm raised salmon is such a disappointment. A good concept, gone bad. Regards, Jack

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      Marti 10 years ago from Grain Valley

      I lopve salmon! Husband actually got to go catch one when we lived in San Francisco - heavenly! Thanks for sharing!