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The Best Salmon Recipes

Updated on July 26, 2014
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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

Wild Salmon

Wild Planet Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon, Boneless & Skinless, 6-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)
Wild Planet Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon, Boneless & Skinless, 6-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)

Wild Planet is committed to providing the finest tasting sustainably caught seafood while supporting the conservation of wild marine ecosystems.


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

Salmon Fillets (just what you need for this recipe!)

Omaha Steaks 12 (6 oz.) Wild Salmon Fillets
Omaha Steaks 12 (6 oz.) Wild Salmon Fillets

Fillets also have options for just ordering two (a perfect romantic dinner) or six (an average dinner party).


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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      Raye 2 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 2 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 5 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 5 years ago

      Great recipes..Salmon is one of my favorites!

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      Sinea Pies 5 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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