If you’re anything like us, you spent the last, oh, two months gorging on cookies, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and pretty much any unhealthy morsel you could get your hands on. Unfortunately, all of that reckless feasting has caught up with you, and the time has come to lay down the healthy eating gauntlet. Enter salmon. This pretty-in-pink fish gets a gold star when it comes to your health—it’s packed with protein, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and B vitamins. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make; simply place on foil, brush with olive oil and seasoning, and bake for 15 to 25 minutes. Easy peasy!
Here are eight hassle-free salmon recipes to add to your weeknight rotation.
Simple Sriracha Salmon
When we say simple, we mean really simple. A salmon filet is coated with a sweet-and-spicy honey sriracha sauce and roasted ’til it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender. Voila. All things in life should be so easy.
Maple Miso Dijon Salmon
Call it a classic mustard salmon with an Asian twist: This succulent salmon is marinated in a mixture of Dijon, grainy mustard, maple syrup and Miso paste and baked until the glaze becomes slightly caramelized. The end result is a fancy-tasting meal your dinner guests will never forget.
Maple Bourbon Pan-Fried Salmon
Oh me, oh my. We can’t get enough of this sweet, glossy maple bourbon glaze. Served atop a bed of tangy cranberry sauce, this wintry dish is comfort food at its lightest.
You’ve heard of slow-cooked beef, but slow-cooked salmon? It sounds funky, but this knockout meal does not disappoint. The slow-cooking method makes the salmon extra tender and flaky, and the addition of a simple vinaigrette lends a bit of flavor and moisture to the finished dish that gets topped off with crispy capers. Serve atop a bed of chickpeas and greens for a satisfying, hearty meal that packs a major nutritional punch.
Coconut Curry Salmon and Zucchini Noodles
We love Thai noodles, but we aren’t so keen on the carbs and fat that come along with them. Problem solved: zucchini noodles. They have the texture and feel of traditional noodles, but with umpteen times more nutrition and a fraction of the carbs. This deeply flavorful salmon dish combines fragrant curry with creamy coconut atop a bed of zucchini noodles.
Honey Baked Salmon
This simple dish requires minimal hands-on time but yields terrific results. Honey, garlic, white wine vinegar and fresh thyme come together for a lovely salmon meal that tastes gourmet. May we suggest pairing it with a nice buttery Chardonnay?
Salmon Superfood Salad
This nutrition-packed salad is just as pleasing to the tastebuds as it is to the eyes. A rich salmon filet sits atop a luscious bed of kale, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and quinoa—a grand total of five superfoods. A tangy, homemade honey mustard vinaigrette perfectly balances out the dish.
Lemon Artichoke Baked Salmon
You guessed it—another easy salmon dish. This unique take features zesty lemon, baked artichokes, and green onions for an unforgettable meal the whole family will adore.
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