There are so many good reasons to add more salmon into your diet! As well as being flaky and delicious, the delicate pink fish makes a nice change from chicken, and it’s way more versatile than you might think.
The fatty omega-3 acids found in salmon are really important for heart health, so you’ll want to work some fishy recipes into your meal plan. Oily fish like salmon is essential as part of a healthy, balanced diet, with the NHS recommending at least one serving per week.
The good news is, there are loads of tasty ways to cook and eat salmon, so you can switch it up and try a different recipe every week! To make it easy to pick, we’ve made a list of our top 10 salmon recipes to start you off (and they’re in no particular order because we can’t choose a favourite!).
Moroccan Salmon Skewers with Couscous
If you’re used to popping your salmon in the oven with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper for seasoning, this Moroccan Salmon Skewers with Couscous is going to blow your mind! One of the things we love most about salmon is how well it handles lots of different flavours being thrown at it.
Cumin and paprika are big, punchy spices, but don’t worry that they’ll overpower your salmon. They’ll add a smoky, aromatic flavour that gives the fish a Moroccan-inspired makeover. Add a squeeze of lemon and get the salmon in the oven while you make the fluffy couscous. Don’t skip the herby green dressing! It brings the whole dish together.
Chilli and Lime Baked Salmon
Cooking with salmon doesn’t need to be complicated. Sometimes all it takes is a hint of spice and a squeeze of citrus to liven up the flavours on your plate. This Chilli and Lime Baked Salmon is an easy midweek option you can always rely on.
You don’t need any fancy kitchen skills to pull this one off – it’s really as simple as it looks. Mix up your marinade and pour it all over the salmon fillets. We’ve thrown some chopped peppers and onions onto the baking tray too; they’ll soak up all those punchy flavours as the salmon roasts. You can finish off this meal in so many different ways! Serve with some couscous, rice, pasta, salad – why not try a different accompaniment every time you make this recipe? Our current favourite way to serve it is with a spoonful of this zingy Pineapple Salsa.
Smoked Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara
This Smoked Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara tastes so amazing that you’ll find it hard to believe it only takes 15 minutes to make. Perfect for anyone who loves the distinctive smoked flavours, this is a welcome change to a traditional carbonara, with the same creamy sauce that you crave from the classic pasta dish.
Because smoked fish doesn’t need to be cooked, your salmon flakes only need to be heated through, which makes this recipe so speedy. When your spaghetti and salmon are piping hot you’re ready to stir in the egg-based mixture – the residual heat from the other ingredients will cook the egg without you needing to put the pan back on your hob. Trust in the process! This will turn into a silky sauce that’s cheesy, garlicky and delicious.
Salmon Fish Fingers
We said we weren’t picking favourite recipes, but there’s something special about these Salmon Fish Fingers. They feel so much fancier than a white fish version, and they’re just so satisfying!
This grown-up take on your favourite childhood dinner is both quick and easy to rustle up from scratch; and you don’t need a long list of ingredients either. Chop your salmon fingers as chunky as you’d like them, coat in egg and then roll in your breadcrumbs. Simple!
Salmon for breakfast? You might have tried smoked salmon on a bagel or with a poached egg, but you’re missing out if you’ve never tucked into this Salmon Kedgeree. So hearty and filling, it’s ideal for brunch or lunch too.
In a traditional kedgeree you’ll find smoked haddock, rather than salmon, but we think switching adds a lovely flavour and colour to the dish. We’ve even added in some green beans for an extra bit of veg. Who doesn’t love a recipe that helps you towards your 5-a-day?! Mildly curry-spiced and bulked out with rice, this meal will fill you up and fuel you for hours.
Honey Soy Salmon with Seaweed Salad
You can’t go wrong with a salmon salad. If the combination of flaky fish and fresh, crunchy veggies is your idea of a dreamy midweek dinner, we’ve got just the recipe for you. This Honey Soy Salmon with Seaweed Salad is deliciously different, and so deserving of a spot in your weekly meal plan.
Seaweed might not be an ingredient that you usually have in the house, but it’s widely available in supermarkets these days – it adds bags of flavour without adding lots of calories. Just like salmon, the wakame seaweed we recommend for this recipe is packed with omega-3, doubling up the health-boosting power of your salad!
Take a break from meat and have a go at these Salmon Burgers next time you fancy a fakeaway night. At 482 calories (including the bun) they’re a healthier alternative that never disappoints. We love a speedy dinner, and these are on the table in just 20 minutes.
Our recipe draws on the classic flavour combination of lemon, dill and salmon, and we’ve even mixed chopped pickled gherkins into some fat free yoghurt to add another dimension. Honestly, it’s just as good as tartare sauce, only without all the extra calories!
Salmon, Leek and Potato Soup
Salmon in a soup? You might have tried seafood chowder before, but this Salmon, Leek and Potato Soup is far lighter on calories and every bit as satisfying. Although it looks (and tastes) like it’s made with lashings of thick cream, you’ll notice there’s not a drop of cream on the ingredients list!
Instead, a little bit of cream cheese goes a long way, melting into the savoury broth until it’s silky and rich. You’re going to want to serve this with a crusty wholemeal roll to soak up every last bit of flavour!
Creamy Garlic Salmon
If you’ve ever tried our Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe you’ll know that the sauce is well and truly to die for. In fact, we love it so much, we couldn’t resist making a salmon version. As we expected, it tastes incredible, and this Creamy Garlic Salmon is well worth having for dinner one night this week!
For just 350 calories per serving, you get chunks of meaty salmon, in that richly flavoured, thick and creamy sauce. Served with plenty of green veggies, this one is hard to beat. The full recipe is only available in our Comfort Food cookbook, so pick up a copy here if you don’t have one already!
Admiral’s Fish Pie
We can’t talk about our top 10 salmon recipes without throwing in a good old fish pie. It might not be the only type of seafood used in the dish, but this Admiral’s Fish Pie wouldn’t be the same without a few chunks of salmon in the mix.
This recipe is a bit heartier than most of our slimming-friendly dishes, coming in at 600 calories of warming, comforting deliciousness. Worth every single bite, this is the kind of meal you need after a long day. It’s far lighter than restaurant or shop-bought versions, thanks to a few clever Pinch of Nom swaps!
Tell us your top salmon recipes!
Do you always make sure to get one serving of oily fish per week? We’d love to know which salmon-based dishes always make it onto your menu. Head on over to our Facebook group to let us know! If you’re not a member yet, it’s so easy to join. You’ll become a treasured part of the Pinch of Nom community and they’re such a lovely lot! The group is the place to be whenever you need a question answered or any advice about your slimming journey.
Plus, why not see if you can spot any tasty-looking salmon dishes in our Gallery? If you need a little inspiration, you can scroll through what everyone else has been cooking lately (it all looks SO good!).