Salmon Recipes

Here we present a varied selection of tasty salmon recipes, a mix of old and new, both traditional and modern, a delicious range of simply cooked, healthy fish dishes to tempt the palate, with readily available ingredients and easy to follow cooking instructions for each recipe. Salmon is a very versatile fish. It goes well with a wide variety of complementary ingredients and can be cooked in many ways. Salmon can be oven baked or grilled, pan-fried or poached, steamed or smoked. Here you will find a variety of salmon recipes, for the most part quick and easy, including both tried and tested traditional dishes, some going back centuries, along with the more modern innovative culinary styles of today's top fish chefs. Salmon, the "King of Fish", is the perfect healthy cooking ingredient. Whether for an informal supper, a quick and nutritious family meal or a tasty lunch, we hope you will find a simple salmon recipe to your taste.

Bon appetit!

Salmon Nutrition

Salmon, i.e. wild salmon, is one of our healthiest foods, rich in vital omega-3 fatty acid content, high in protein and full of many other beneficial vitamins and minerals. A typical salmon recipe portion might contain the following:

Salmon - 4.00 oz (113.4 g) portion - 244.94 calories

Nutrient Amount DV
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating

vitamin D

1059.14 IU



vitamin B12

6.58 mcg




0.35 g




30.97 g


very good

omega-3 fats

1.47 g


very good


42.86 mcg


very good

vitamin B3

7.56 mg




312.98 mg



DV (%) = percentage of recommended daily intake

Recipes for Cooking Salmon

A selection of varied recipes for cooking tasty salmon fish dishes

Salmon Spaghetti

Seared Salmon

Asian Grilled Salmon

Spicy Salmon Broth

Salmon Burgers

Salmon Tagliatelle

Peppered Salmon

Italian Poached Salmon

Manx Smoked Salmon

Grilled Salmon Salsa

Salmon Teriyaki

Marinated Salmon

Smoked Salmon Terrine Poached Salmon Salad
Salmon & Ginger Salad Salmon Fish Cakes
Smoked Salmon Rice Grilled Salmon & Salad
Salmon in Cream Smoked Salmon Pate
Smoked Salmon Kedgeree Salmon Fuseli
Garlic Herb Salmon Salmon en Croute
Salmon & Sweet Potato Pie Salmon Tortilla Cones

Modern Salmon Cuisine

salmon cookingNick Nairn is one of the UK's most innovative and inventive chefs, renowned for his love of fresh ingredients. I am happy to be able to include here in the recipes section just a few of his 100 favourite salmon recipes, as illustrated in his best selling book "Top 100 Salmon Recipes". Nick also runs a very popular and successful cookery school in Scotland.

For more information, visit Nick's website at

Cooking Salmon

Nick Nairn Cook School

Go Wild for Salmon

The fish cook has several varieties of salmon available. The salmon we eat may be farm-raised or wild. Almost all the Atlantic salmon available to buy is farmed. The various species of Pacific salmon (chinook, sockeye, chum, pink and coho) are harvested from natural wild fisheries. As a food, wild salmon has less fat than farm raised salmon, and it is higher in heart healthy omega-3 fats. In most cases, wild salmon has lower concentrations of environmental contaminants such as PCBs and dioxins. Cooking and eating wild salmon is the more natural, healthy, nutritious option but it is becoming harder and harder to find wild-caught salmon sourced from their native habitat.

Farmed salmon now accounts for more than 80% of the world's salmon consumption. The trend toward greatly increased salmon farming has been an ongoing concern to many researchers. In addition to the respective nutritional qualities of wild and farmed salmon in our diet, the practice of salmon farming raises serious ecological concerns regarding its impact on the marine environment and on wild fish.

Based on a combination of sustainability and potential contamination concerns, The George Mateljan Foundation recommend that you choose to eat wild-caught Alaskan salmon above all other forms of salmon currently available in the marketplace. If you cannot find wild-caught Alaskan salmon in your local grocery in fresh or frozen form, they recommend that you select wild-caught Alaskan salmon in canned form as a next best alternative for use in the kitchen. More information about salmon farming can be found in the links below.

Salmon Confidential

Farmed V Wild Salmon

Salmon Farming Problems

Simple Ways to Cook Salmon

Salmon may be cooked in a variety of ways. Each method, whether it be grilling, steaming, poaching, frying or baking, results in different tastes and textures. The vital thing in any of the above cooking methods is that the fish should not be overcooked. The cooked salmon should be neither too soft to the touch nor too firm. Timing is crucial, whatever the method and whatever your personal preference.

Salmon may be cooked quickly and easily with no additives save for some oil or butter, freshly ground salt and pepper and perhaps a squeeze of lemon. Assuming four portions of salmon, i.e. four salmon fillets or steaks (each 140 grams or 5 oz ), cooking time might be between 5 and 10 minutes.

Grilling  Preheat the grill to the highest setting. Line a grill pan with foil, drizzle the salmon with olive oil or dot with butter and grill for three minutes on each side. Season and serve.

Char-grilling Use a ribbed cast-iron griddle pan. Oil the salmon, rather than the pan, to prevent it sticking and don't touch the fillets while they're cooking. To create barbeque "stripes", cook for two to three minutes on one side, then rotate the fish through 90 and cook for a further two minutes. Repeat on the other side. Season and serve.

Baking Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Drizzle fillets with olive oil or dot with butter, season and place them on a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes.

Poaching Fill a wide frying pan with water, just deep enough to cover the fillets. Once the water is barely simmering, poach the fish for about 5 minutes, until opaque and just set. Lemon juice or flavoured stock may be added to the water for extra flavour. Season and serve.

Steaming Steaming is the healthiest way to cook salmon. Put some aromatic herbs, e.g. thyme or tarragon, in the base of the steamer, add water and bring to the boil. Place the salmon, lightly oiled, into the steamer basket, cover and steam for 5-8 minutes, making sure the steamer doesn't boil dry. Season and serve.

Pan-frying/searing Heat a non-stick frying pan until very hot, then add a little sunflower oil. For thin cuts, fry the fillets for 2-3 minutes on each side, to get a caramelized crust; for thicker cuts, reduce to a medium heat once the salmon has been added, then cook for 5-7 minutes on one side and a further 2 minutes on the other side. Season and serve.

the real thing
Fresh Atlantic Salmon
a fresh Atlantic salmon



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