The best healthy salmon recipes for dinner (or anytime, really) from filling bowls to simple dips and hearty, family-friendly recipes!

The Best Healthy Salmon Recipes for Dinner (or anytime!)

Salmon is one of my absolute favorite protein sources! It’s quick-cooking, super versatile, nutritious, and absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, I feel like salmon is so often overlooked for other sources of protein. I’ve talked to many of you who are a little intimidated by salmon but you don’t have to be! To give it the attention it deserves, I’m rounding up my favorite go-to easy salmon recipes that never disappoint. 

Whether you’re looking for a light meal you can toss together or a filling option to feed a crowd, there’s something for everyone on this list! 

maple glazed salmon ingredients

Why Is Salmon Healthy?

Salmon is one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet! A great source of complete protein, salmon is also full of healthy fats, vitamins, and essential nutrients such as vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium, and niacin

How to Shop for Salmon

There are many different types of salmon to choose from. From Sockeye to Coho or Wild-Caught to Farm-Raised there are a lot of different options. The best variety will vary from person to person and depend on personal preferences and budget.

However, no matter what type of salmon you choose, there are a few things to look out for to make sure you get the best fish. 

  • Smell – contrary to popular belief, fresh salmon shouldn’t have any kind of odor or fishy smell. If you can smell it, you probably want to look for another piece. 
  • Color – the salmon flesh should be vibrant in a pinkish color and free from any bruises, dry spots, or cuts. 
  • Labels – be sure to read the nutrition label and ingredient information on any salmon you’re buying. Check what type it is, whether it’s fresh or farmed, and if there are any additives. Again, you can choose the type of salmon you buy based on personal preference and budget but just be sure you know what you’re buying.
  • Proper Storing – if you’re buying frozen salmon, make sure it is still completely frozen and the package is sealed. Similarly, if fresh salmon is what you prefer, look for pieces that are completely sealed or well-wrapped to prevent any contamination. 

seared salmon in pan

How Do I Know When Salmon is Done Cooking?

Salmon is done cooking when it is completely pink in color and easily flakes when touched with a finger or a fork. You can also use an instant-read thermometer to check that the internal temperature has reached 145 degrees, meaning the fish is cooked through and safe to eat! 

What’s the Best Temperature for Baking Salmon?

Of course, always be sure to check the specific instructions for any recipe you’re making. However, in general, salmon is baked in the oven at a temperature of 400 to 425 degrees. 

salad ingredients

What Sides Pair Well with Salmon?

Salmon goes well with a variety of sides! However, I typically prefer it with a starchy carb and a light, veggie side dish for a well-rounded meal. Some of my favorite pairing options include: 

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Salmon can easily be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. 

Reheat leftovers in the microwave, a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat, or in the oven, depending on the recipe. 

maple glazed salmon in bowl

The Best Healthy Salmon Recipes

salmon taco with toppings

I hope you give a few of these recipes a try! They are all so delicious and there’s something for everyone on this list.

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