If you’ve wanted to cook more seafood but aren’t sure where to start, salmon is a great gateway fish. It’s extremely versatile, whether you’re looking for a simple sheet pan dinner or something a little more adventurous like curry. Even more incentive is the fact that salmon is rich in the fatty acid omega 3, which aids the metabolism process. Still intimidated? These 19 healthy salmon recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare. You can totally spare that amount of time for a delicious home-cooked meal that’s also good for you.


1. Hearty Salmon Chowder: Save this recipe for a rainy day — a very chilly, rainy, gloomy day. Coconut milk adds richness to this chowder that will warm you up in no time. Plus it’s dairy free, so you won’t feel too heavy after your meal. (via Healing Family Eats)


2. Salmon Salad Veggie Power Bowls With Raspberry and Balsamic Glaze: Don’t be fooled by the look of this colorful bowl. You can still power up on healthy fats in salad form thanks to the addition of salmon and avocado oil. (via Cotter Crunch)


3. Asparagus Foil Baked Salmon: Any dinner that uses the bare minimum in cookware and utensils is an automatic favorite, and this salmon and asparagus wrapped in foil is no exception. Just season, seal and bake. In 30 minutes, you’ll have a perfectly cooked piece of salmon and a very small amount of dishes to do. Hey, you could even eat it straight from the foil if you’re really committed! (via Primavera Kitchen)


4. Sheet Pan Salmon With Crispy Kale: Your inner #lazygirl is doing a dance for this sheet pan meal. Both prep time and cook time take less than 10 minutes, making this the dinner solution to resisting takeout on busy evenings. (via Buzzfeed)


5. Harissa Salmon, Broccolini and Spinach One-Pot Pilaf: Don’t you love when there’s only one pot to clean after making dinner? That’s one reason you’ll love this salmon recipe with lots of green veggies, jasmine rice and spicy harissa. You’ll be amazed wondering how so much flavor can be contained to a single pot. (via Mind Food)


6. Mexican Grilled Salmon Salad With Avocado Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing: Spice up your taco salad with some smokey grilled salmon. It’s topped with a delicious creamy avocado dressing that’s basically guacamole but liquefied. Add crumbled taco shells for an extra crunch, and don’t forget the Cholula. (via Cooking Classy)


7. Chile Lime Salmon Fajita Salad With Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette: This 20+ ingredient salad is a force for all other salads to reckon with. It’s hearty, packed with spicy flavor and SO good for you. Have this for lunch and feel like you can take on anything for the rest of the day. (via Half Baked Harvest)


8. Asian Sesame Salad With Sriracha Salmon: This colorful salad with salmon and Asian flavors is almost too pretty to eat, but of course you’re going to eat it. Make the sriracha salmon in advance, and save some extra for a faster prep time. (via For the Love of Food)


9. Smokey Salmon Burgers With Grainy Mustard: Redefine your idea of a burger after a bite of this tasty salmon burger. It mixes fresh salmon with smoked salmon for a clever little flavor boost. With a spicy grainy mustard and fresh watercress, this might be a contender for a spot in your favorite burger rankings. Now if only they started serving these at In-N-Out Burger. (via Martha Stewart)


10. Pan-Roasted Salmon With Spicy Miso Broth and Wakame: Try your hand at cooking up this comforting Japanese soup. It’s not quite ramen because the miso broth isn’t as rich as traditional ramen broth that’s cooked down with pork bones for hours, but it will do all right for a quick dinner. Tender salmon and salty miso taste like they were made for each other. (via Blue Apron)


11. Spicy Fish Tacos With Cabbage Slaw and Lime Crema: Fish tacos might be one of the most satisfying dishes to make because, hello, they’re tacos, and they take very little time to prepare. These grilled fish tacos definitely fit the bill. Make a good amount so you can eat them all week — nobody’s getting tired of tacos any time soon. (via Foodess)


12. Sake and Ginger Soba Noodle Salmon Stir Fry: In the time it takes to have food delivered, you can have even better food made at home with less grease and fresher ingredients. Try this salmon soba stir fry for starters. It’s a great source of protein thanks to edamame, cashews and salmon. Plus, it tastes great cold, so you can pack it for lunch the next day. (via Half Baked Harvest)


13. Honey Garlic Salmon and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner: Yes, a fully balanced meal can fit on one sheet pan, and it’s totally delicious. You can swap out green beans and potatoes for whatever is in season, be it Brussels sprouts or parsnips. Making substitutions is a great confidence booster for improvising with recipes in the kitchen. (via Kristine’s Kitchen)


14. Healthy Vegetable Packed Paleo Salmon Cakes: These cute salmon cakes are like the grown up version of fish sticks. Opt for fresh salmon for a better tasting dish. Wrapping these cakes in lettuce or cabbage adds a wonderful crunch. (via Cotter Crunch)


15. Easy Salmon and Potato Foil Packets: Dinner’s on the table in 30 minutes or less thanks to this foil packet with salmon and potatoes. You can add a green like asparagus or green beans to the packet as well, so you get a balanced meal without dirtying any extra cookware. (via Averie Cooks)


16. Sesame Ginger Salmon: After trying this sesame ginger salmon, you’re going to want to put this salty-sweet glaze on everything. It’s such a perfect flavor balance that you should probably make a little extra to pour on top of your rice. (via Damn Delicious)


17. Green Curry Salmon and Cashew With Quinoa: A variety of herbs and spices like galangal, green chilies and turmeric make up this incredibly flavorful green curry. Luckily, you don’t have to make the curry from scratch thanks to the wonders of curry paste. (via Cotter Crunch)


18. Easy Salmon Piccata: The lemony, salty flavors of Italian piccata work amazingly well with salmon, although piccata is usually made with veal. It’s no surprise though. Fish and lemon are a classic fatty vs. acidic flavor pairing. (via Cafe Delites)


19. Sweet Chili Salmon Skewers: Make these Thai-inspired salmon skewers for your first barbecue of the season. Changing up the menu from hamburgers and hot dogs to something sweet and spicy on a stick will shake your party up in the best way. Just be prepared to share. (via How Sweet It Is)

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