Classic Tomato Soup

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese…

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This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.

Tomato soup recipe

An essential every home cook needs? This classic Tomato Soup recipe! There’s nothing more homey than a big pot bubbling on the stove with its bright garlicky aroma. Add to that a browned, gooey grilled cheese from the griddle and well: it’s basic in all the right ways. Just a like a classic Caesar salad or avocado toast: a great tomato soup is not rocket science but always, always satisfying. This recipe is beyond easy to make and will please everyone in the family (even the picky ones).

Want more soups? Go to Top Healthy Soup Recipes.

What’s in this tomato soup recipe?

Tomato soup is like a good potato salad: everyone has their own family recipe. Here’s our own family favorite: it’s so quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes: fire roasted if possible
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Optional ingredients: basil, heavy cream
Tomato Soup Recipe

Flavor secret: fire roasted canned tomatoes

The key to the flavor in this tomato soup recipe? Fire roasted tomatoes. This type of tomatoes is roasted over a flame before canning, which makes the flavor sweet and developed right out of the can. You can absolutely taste the difference versus a plain canned tomato, which can taste bitter. Plus, you can cook fire roasted tomatoes for less time since the flavor is good right away (always a plus!).

Where to find fire roasted tomatoes? They should be available at your local grocery store, offered by several brands. If you can’t find them, simply substitute the best quality canned tomatoes you can find. It really makes a difference in this tomato soup!

Tomato Soup

How to make tomato soup: basic steps

There are lots of ways to make a great tomato soup recipe: here’s our magic formula! The only chopping required is you’ll have to mince some fresh garlic. Other than that, most of the cooking process is just waiting for it to simmer. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1, Chop & sauté: Mince the garlic, then sauté in olive oil for 30 seconds.
  • Step 2, Simmer: Add the canned tomatoes, broth onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Step 3, Blend: Immersion blend or carefully blend the soup (optional).
  • Step 4, Add butter: Add butter and salt to taste. Voila!

Add-ins: fresh basil or heavy cream

Want to spice up your tomato soup recipe? Here are two simple things you can do to add massive flavor to this simple soup:

  • Add ½ cup chopped basil while simmering. This adds the best tomato basil flavor!
  • Add a drizzle of heavy cream to finish. This incorporates a delightful lightly sweet richness and warmth to the texture.

Want more variations? Scroll down for a few more ideas.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

This tomato soup recipe is fantastic paired with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich! Here’s how to take a regular grilled cheese and make it gourmet:

  • Use sourdough bread or an other artisan loaf.
  • Spread mayo on the outside of the bread instead of butter. It adds great savory flavor!
  • Use a combo of shredded smoked gouda and cheddar cheese. The smoked gouda really takes it to gourmet status!
  • Add jam or a sliced apple inside. The sweet and savory combo makes it! Try it with tomato, fig or apricot jam, or a thinly slice apple or pear.
Tomato Soup Recipe

Sides to serve with tomato soup (grilled cheese and more!)

Of course, no tomato soup recipe is complete without a toasty grilled cheese on the side! But we’ve got a few more ideas to complete the meal as well. Here are a few of our top sides to serve with tomato soup:

  1. Grilled cheese: Try an avocado grilled cheese or spinach artichoke grilled cheese.
  2. Bread: Grab an artisan bread loaf.
  3. Crackers & cheese: Opt for homemade crackers or almond crackers.
  4. Salad: Try goat cheese apple salad, spinach salad, kale salad, or chopped salad.
  5. Muffins: Try classic corn muffins.

Variations: more tomato soup recipes

Want more flavor variations? This one is our classic, but here are our top tomato soup recipes to make on a regular basis:

This tomato soup recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Tomato soup recipe

Classic Tomato Soup Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can and 1 15-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped fresh basil, 1 splash heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until light brown and fragrant. Stir in both cans of tomatoes, vegetable broth, garlic powder, onion powder, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and basil (if using). Bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until slightly thickened and the tomato flavor mellows. Then immersion blend the soup or carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth (this step makes it creamier; you can skip this step if you’re ok with the texture as is).
  3. Stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons salted butter. For a richer soup, you can also stir in a splash of heavy cream.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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Lemon Pasta

This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar…

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This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar side dish.

Lemon pasta

Here’s a lusciously creamy pasta that will become the meal of your dreams. Try this Lemon Pasta! It’s rich and silky, with just the right balance of sharp citrus from loads of lemon zest. Don’t consider this a health food or even a healthy spin: it’s here for when you need a properly indulgent bit of pasta. This one is modeled off of a favorite of ours at a fantastic local restaurant and let’s just say: it’ll be tough to put down your fork.

Ingredients in this lemon pasta recipe

This lemon pasta recipe is a mess of citrusy, creamy long noodles smothered in cream, Parmesan and lemon zest. While most of the recipes on this website fit under the umbrella of healthy, this one is all about being just plain amazing. If you prefer a healthy spin, go to Vegan Fettucine Alfredo! For this lemon pasta you’ll need:

  • Pasta: spaghetti or bucatini
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Lemon Pasta Recipe

Use any long noodle (bucatini is best)

You can use any type of long noodle for this lemon pasta recipe. If you have fresh pasta, this would be a great sauce for using it! Of course, it’s much more accessible to use dried long noodles. Here are some options:

  • Bucatini: It’s spaghetti with a hole in it! It lends a deliciously chewy texture to the pasta.
  • Spaghetti: The classic!
  • Linguine: A slightly wider noodle.
  • Fettucine: A flatter and wider noodle.

Of course, this sauce works well with a short noodle as well, if you’re looking for a short pasta! Some ideas: Rigatoni, Penne, Orecchiette and Cavatappi would be great contenders.

How to make lemon pasta: a few tips

This lemon pasta takes just a few minutes to whip up. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the cooking process:

  • Consider cutting it in half! The recipe below makes 6 to 8 servings, so cut in half if you don’t want leftovers (though they do save well!).
  • Zest the lemons first. You’ll need zest from two lemons, which can take a while. We like using a microplane grater to make quick work.
  • Loosen the sauce with pasta water. Like with many Italian pasta recipes, save a bit of the pasta water after you’ve boiled it: you may need a few splashes to get the sauce to a creamy consistency.
Lemon pasta

Serves a crowd, or works as leftovers

This lemon pasta makes quite a big pot of noodles! You’ll use 1 pound of pasta here, which in our book makes enough for 6 to 8 servings. This might be less than you’re used to when it comes to pasta, but this one is so rich we recommend having smaller servings.

You may want to halve this recipe, or it works great as leftovers! The flavor is still fantastic after 3 days refrigerated. We even ate it cold! You can also reheat it in a skillet with a splash of milk to get it creamy again.

What to serve with lemon pasta

Here’s an important thing about this lemon pasta recipe: how to make it into a meal! The serving size is smaller than you might be used to, because it’s such a rich and fatty pasta. You’ll want to accessorize it with a crisp green salad or some vegetable sides. Here are some ideas:

Lemon pasta

Or, serve it as a simple side dish

Another great way to serve lemon pasta? As a side dish! It works very well with fish or chicken for an elegant meal. Here are a few mains we’d serve it with:

This lemon pasta recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free or legume pasta.

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Lemon pasta

Lemon Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar side dish.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti or bucatini pasta*
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, sliced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta (and save the pasta water!): Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. The pasta should also taste salty from the salted water. Save out ½ cup pasta water using a glass measuring cup for the sauce, then quickly drain the pasta.
  2. Make the sauce: In saucepan, add the milk and cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. As it comes to a simmer, grate in the garlic. Add ½ teaspoon kosher salt, zest of 1 lemon, and 4 tablespoons butter and stir for 1 minute. Slowly sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring constantly until fully incorporated and the sauce thickens.
  3. Serve: Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Allow to sit 3 minutes. Add the remaining zest of 1 lemon, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon butter. Add a few drizzles of pasta water as necessary until nicely coated. Serve with fresh ground black pepper. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days (reheats nicely in a skillet with a splash of milk).

Notes

*This quantity serves 6 to 8: make sure to cut in half if you’re serving less eaters! Pair with a green salad or veggie side to round it out as a meal.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Pasta
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lemon pasta

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Easy Tortelloni

Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.…

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Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.

Tortelloni

Got tortelloni? This delicious pasta is often mistaken for tortellini, but it’s easily the better of the cousin pasta shapes. The larger of the two is delightfully tender, with a generous gooey filling. Here’s our favorite way to serve them: with a tangy, garlicky tomato sauce, with a touch of richness from a hint of cream. It’s a great way to make them into a tasty vegetarian dinner or easy side dish. This one has been a huge hit with any friends and family we serve it to!

What is tortelloni?

What is tortelloni, anyway? It’s easy to grab a package and mistake it for the smaller pasta shape. What is tortelloni vs tortellini?

  • Tortelloni is a pasta shape that is larger than tortellini with a filled center. Tortellini has smaller and is ring shaped, with a hole in the middle. In traditional Italian cooking, tortelloni filling is vegetarian whereas tortellini often has meat. Tortellini is also often served in broth, whereas tortelloni is served with creamy sauces.
  • Where to find it? Tortelloni is easy to find the refrigerated section at your local grocery. It’s usually not available dried or frozen (though you can find tortellini dried and frozen).
  • How to tell the difference quickly? Tortellini has a hole in the middle, tortelloni has a solid center that encloses the filling.
Tortelloni

Ways to serve tortelloni

Tortelloni is our preference over tortellini because it’s larger and more substantial. It’s great for serving with creamy sauces, whereas the smaller pasta shape can get lost. Here are some of the top ways to eat tortelloni:

Tomato cream sauce

Making tomato cream sauce: some tips!

This tomato cream sauce is our favorite way to serve tortelloni. It’s similar to a Vodka Sauce, but instead of slow cooking it for hours you can whip it up in just 30 minutes. Here are a few notes on the process:

  • Find best quality canned tomatoes. The quality of tomatoes makes the sauce. Our top choice is fire roasted, if you can find them: the flavor is sweet and developed right out of the can. Or look for San Marzano, an Italian variety of tomato with a sweet flavor. If you can’t find either, just find the best quality canned tomatoes you can find.
  • The secret ingredient? Fennel seeds. The fennel adds add hearty, meaty flavor that can’t be replicated. Don’t leave it out!
  • Simmer until thickened. This should take between 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the brand of tomatoes. Longer is always better, if you have the time!

Make it a meal: sides for tortelloni

Whip up a pan of this tortelloni, and you’re on your way to a delicious meal! You can serve it as a meatless main, or a side dish in part of a larger spread. We’ve served it as a side dish for salmon in a meal al fresco, and all our guests raved! Here are some ideas for making it into a meal:

Tortelloni

Try it in these tortellini recipes

Can you use tortellini in this tortelloni recipe? Absolutely! These pasta types are easy to swap. You can also use tortelloni in these tasty tortellini recipes:

This tortelloni recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten free tortelloni.

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Tortelloni

Easy Tortelloni


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.


Ingredients

  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortelloni*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes (fire roasted if possible)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (double concentrated) tomato paste or 3 tablespoons normal tomato paste
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • To serve: Parmesan cheese, fresh basil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce: Mince the garlic. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant and the garlic is golden (do not allow to brown). Turn the heat to medium low. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, ¼ cup of the heavy cream, the half onion, and the salt. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes until the sauce is thickened. When thickened, remove the half onion and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  2. Cook the pasta: Start a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions (usually around 2 minutes).
  3. Serve: When the sauce is done, add the pasta to the skillet. Top with Parmesan shavings and fresh basil, if desired.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

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Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Everyone will love Cajun shrimp pasta! It’s an impressive dinner idea that’s irresistibly seasoned and easy to make. Here’s a…

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Everyone will love Cajun shrimp pasta! It’s an impressive dinner idea that’s irresistibly seasoned and easy to make.

Cajun shrimp pasta

Here’s a dinner to impress that doubles as an easy weeknight meal: try this Cajun Shrimp Pasta! This one scores major points with kids and adults alike at our table. It features irresistibly seasoned Cajun shrimp, colorful veggies, and a rich garlic Parmesan flavoring that lightly seasons the entire batch. Wow! was echoed around the table multiple times as we at it. Of any of the easy dinner ideas we’ve had lately, this recipe stands out as one we couldn’t stop eating!

Ingredients in this Cajun shrimp pasta

This Cajun shrimp pasta is a recipe inspired by the flavors of Cajun cuisine, a style of cooking developed by the Acadians, French colonists living in Canada who were deported to Louisiana in the 1700’s. The cooking style mixes West African, French and Spanish influences and techniques. This recipe shouldn’t be considered traditional Cajun: instead if takes inspiration from the seasoning and ingredients of this style of cooking. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shrimp: fresh or frozen, deveined and tail on
  • Onion, bell pepper, and celery: called the “Holy Trinity” of Cajun cooking
  • Garlic
  • Cajun seasoning: homemade, or purchased plus garlic powder and onion powder
  • Pasta
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cream or milk
Cajun shrimp pasta

Cajun seasoning: homemade vs purchased

You can make this Cajun shrimp pasta recipe with either homemade Cajun seasoning or purchased. Here are some notes on either variation:

  • Homemade seasoning: The nice thing about this homemade Cajun seasoning is that you can customize the spice level to taste. We like making it less spicy, which means you can use more of it and get more of the other flavors (not just the heat). It takes just 5 minutes to mix up and you can use it for months.
  • Purchased Cajun seasoning: Purchased Cajun seasoning is great if you’re in a rush! We find store-bought varieties can vary in heat level, so taste it before adding. As you’ll see in the recipe below, we decreased the quantity and added garlic powder and onion powder. If you’re using our homemade blend, you can leave that out.

With the quantities in the recipe below, both worked for our entire family: even a 4 year old! If you want to increase the spice, add more cayenne to your spice mix.

Cajun shrimp pasta

A milder variation!

Don’t love spicy food but still want to make this Cajun shrimp pasta? The homemade Cajun seasoning is a great place to start: make it with the low quantity of cayenne and you’ll have a nicely seasoned pasta that works for all eaters.

Another option? Try this Blackened Seasoning! It’s got similar flavors but is on the low end of the heat spectrum.

Increasing servings for Cajun shrimp pasta

Want to make a double recipe of this Cajun shrimp pasta? The base recipe has only 8 ounces pasta, which should work for 4 servings if you serve with side dishes. But if you want to increase this recipe for more eaters, here’s what we’d recommend:

  • Double the pasta to 1 pound
  • Double the veggies and pasta seasonings
  • Increase the shrimp to 2 pounds (not 3): 2 pounds of shrimp should be enough for 8 servings. You may need to cook it in batches depending on the size of your skillet.

Of course, you can cook 3 pounds shrimp if you like: but 2 pounds should be plenty for a crowd with the doubled pasta size.

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

What to serve with Cajun shrimp pasta

Make sure to serve this Cajun shrimp pasta with some filling side dishes to complete the meal! Here are some complimentary sides we’d recommend:

This Cajun shrimp pasta recipe is…

Pescatarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free or legume-based pasta.

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Cajun shrimp pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Description

Everyone will love Cajun shrimp pasta! It’s an impressive dinner idea that’s irresistibly seasoned and easy to make.


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces* short pasta, like penne, rigatoni, or casarecce (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1/2 medium yellow or white onion
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined and thawed if frozen (tail on or peeled)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons purchased Cajun seasoning (or 1 ½ tablespoons homemade Cajun seasoning or blackened seasoning**)
  • ½ teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk or cream
  • Lemon wedges, optional
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start the pasta: Boil the pasta in salted water until al dente.
  2. Prep the veggies: Finely mince the onion, mince the pepper, and finely chop the celery and place it on a bowl. Mince the garlic and place it in a separate bowl. 
  3. Sauté the shrimp: Meanwhile, pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with ½ teaspoon kosher salt, the Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder. In your largest skillet (cast iron or stainless preferred), heat the olive oil on medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side until just opaque and cooked through, turning them with tongs. Once cooked, remove to a bowl, cover, and set aside. Leave the browned bits in the skillet.
  4. Sauté the veggies: In the same skillet that you cooked the shrimp, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat and add bell pepper, onion and celery. Cook for about 3 minutes until the veggies start to become tender. Reduce to medium low heat and add the garlic and cook 2 to 3 minutes more until fragrant and garlic just starts to turn golden. Remove from heat before garlic browns. Add the butter and let it melt while you get the pasta.
  5. Mix with the pasta and sauce: When the pasta is ready, drain it. To the pan with the veggies, add the pasta, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, the grated Parmesan cheese, and the cream or milk. Toss until fully combined, then add the shrimp. If desired, spritz with squirts from a lemon wedge. Taste and add additional seasoning as necessary. Serve warm, garnished with chopped parsley if desired.

Notes

*To increase this recipe for more servings, we’d recommend making 1 pound pasta, but go up to 2 pounds on the shrimp (not 3). You can double the veggies and sauce ingredients accordingly.

**If using the homemade Cajun seasoning, you can omit the garlic powder and onion powder in this recipe. For a less spicy variation, use less cayenne in your homemade Cajun seasoning or make homemade blackened seasoning.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cajun inspired

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Thai Basil Fried Rice

Thai basil fried rice is a delicious way to use this fragrant herb! Thai basil infuses a delicate anise flavor…

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Thai basil fried rice is a delicious way to use this fragrant herb! Thai basil infuses a delicate anise flavor into this satisfying dish.

Thai basil fried rice

Got Thai basil? Here’s a great way to use it: Thai Basil Fried Rice! We have an abundant Thai basil plant in our garden, along with our Italian sweet basil. It’s got purple stems and a delicate black licorice flavor that’s absolutely irresistible. Add it to fried rice, and it infuses an irresistible aroma that makes it impossible not to take another bite. It’s a great way to use this herb if you have it on hand! We could not stop sneaking bites of this one.

What is Thai basil?

Thai basil is a type of basil with an anise or black licorice flavor that’s native to Southeast Asia. It has a purple stem, purple flowers, and thin, dark green leaves. It’s used in Southeast Asian cuisine, including Thai, Cambodian, Lao, and Vietnamese recipes.

How to use Thai basil in recipes? Try it in this Thai Basil Noodle Bowl, a spin on a spring roll in bowl form, in Fresh Spring Rolls, or to garnish Coconut Shrimp Curry. But one of our favorite ways? In this Thai basil fried rice.

Thai Basil

Ingredients in Thai basil fried rice

Thai basil fried rice is a delicious way to use fresh Thai basil. The dish itself is a popular mix of cooked rice, egg and vegetables that you’ll find in many Asian cuisines: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Cambodian, Indonesian, and more. This recipe is a spin on our basic fried rice that adds fresh Thai basil (it’s not a traditional Thai-style fried rice). Here fish sauce adds big savory flavor and pairs well with the Thai basil. You can omit it if you prefer to keep it vegetarian, but it adds a distinct savory flavor. Here’s what you need for this fried rice:

  • Veggies: onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, peas
  • Sesame oil
  • Eggs
  • Jasmine rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Fish sauce
  • Thai basil
Thai basil fried rice

Start with day old rice

The most basic adage when you’re making fried rice? Use day old rice. What’s the purpose of this:

  • Freshly cooked rice has a lot of moisture. Try using fresh rice in fried rice, it clumps together and turns out soggy.
  • Day old rice is dried out. The grains stay separate and form that signature fried rice texture. Use leftover rice stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • What if you don’t have day old rice? Well, we usually forget to cook it in advance. Here’s a trick…

Shortcut: freeze the rice 10 minutes!

Often when we’re craving fried rice, we don’t have leftover rice on hand. Here’s a little shortcut if you want to make up a fresh pot for this Thai basil fried rice:

  • Make the rice. Here’s How to Make Jasmine Rice (or make it in an Instant Pot).
  • Spread on a tray and freeze 10 minutes: Spread the freshly cooked, steaming rice onto a rimmed sheet pan or tray. Place the tray in the freezer and freeze for about 10 minutes until the grains become cool to the touch. Some might even become frozen: that’s ok! They’ll heat right back up once they hit the pan.

Vegan variation

Want to make Thai basil fried rice but want it to be plant based? You can substitute a tofu scramble for the egg! Simply make this Easy Tofu Scramble before you make the rice, making the pieces of tofu very small. Then make the rice without the egg, and add the tofu crumbles in the very last step.

Thai basil fried rice

Make it a meal: how to serve Thai basil fried rice

Once you’ve made up this batch of Thai basil fried rice, how to make it into a meal? Here are a couple ways to round it out:

This Thai basil fried rice recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Thai basil fried rice

Thai Basil Fried Rice


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow or white onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (about 1 inch nub)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice, at least 1 day old or cooled using the shortcut below*
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • ⅓ cup Thai basil leaves
  • Optional: 1 pound medium small shrimp (size 51 to 60), shelled and deveined, frozen or fresh**

Instructions

  1. Mince the onion. Mince the garlic. Mince the ginger. Peel the carrots, then dice them.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of the sesame oil medium high. Sauté the carrots and onion for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in the rice, peas and salt for 1 minute.
  3. Push the rice to the side. Add 1 tablespoon more oil. Add the eggs and pinch of salt, and scramble them in for 1 to 2 minutes until cooked through.
  4. Add the soy sauce and fish sauce, if using. Taste and add additional soy sauce if necessary. Heat for a minute or two, stirring, until all rice is coated. Add the Thai basil and turn off the heat, stirring until it wilts. Serve hot.

Notes

*Trick: If you don’t have day old rice, here’s a shortcut. Make the rice. Then spread it onto a rimmed sheet pan and put it into the freezer. Freeze for about 10 minutes until the grains become cool to the touch. Some might even become frozen: that’s ok! They’ll heat right back up once they hit the pan.

**If serving with shrimp, sauté the shrimp before making the rice: Pat the shrimp dry. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil on medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook about 1 minute per side until just opaque cooked through, turning them with tongs. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Remove to a bowl and set aside while you cook the rice, then add them to the rice when it’s done.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired

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Classic Shrimp Rolls

This shrimp roll recipe takes everything that’s great about a lobster roll…and makes it with shrimp! Serve it on a…

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This shrimp roll recipe takes everything that’s great about a lobster roll…and makes it with shrimp! Serve it on a warm, toasted bun.

Shrimp Roll

Who doesn’t love a lobster roll? They’re a pinnacle of deliciousness: that savory, creamy tender filling encased by a warm, buttery bun. Here in the Midwest though, lobster is a bit of a delicacy. So we wondered…why not make it with shrimp? Introducing…the Shrimp Roll! It takes all the goodness of a lobster roll and makes it with more economical, easy to find shrimp. We served it for a dinner party with corn on the cob and watermelon sorbet, and everyone raved.

Ingredients in a shrimp roll

Researching this recipe, we found that the filling for a shrimp roll is actually a shrimp salad. Not a green salad, mind you: the 1950’s mayo-based salad that’s more familiar with tuna or egg. It’s got crunchy veggies, mayo and just the right amount of savory, creamy sauce. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Shrimp
  • Celery
  • Green onions
  • Chopped chives or dill
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Old Bay
  • Salt and pepper
Shrimp Roll recipe

The key: a butter-toasted split top bun

What makes a shrimp roll? The warm, buttery toasted bun. Do not skip the step! We were curious and tried it in a plain old bun. Don’t waste your time on it, folks. It doesn’t taste like a shrimp roll. Here’s what you’ll need to pull this off:

  • Grab split top hot dog buns. Split top buns are loaded from the top down, and are customary in a lobster roll. You’ll need them to make a killer shrimp roll recipe!
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the buns cut-side down into the skillet and cook for 20 to 30 seconds until browned.
  • Flip the buns. Then flip and continue frying about 10 to 15 seconds on the other side. They come out beautifully buttery and toasted. Perfection!

This shrimp roll recipe makes 6 to 8 sandwiches

Most of our recipes here at A Couple Cooks are for 4 servings. But this shrimp roll recipe is so good, we like making it serve 6 to 8 sandwiches. Here’s why you may want to make a big batch:

  • The shrimp rolls are so good, you may want to eat two. Or you can eat the extra filling without a bun. That’s what we did at our dinner party!
  • Leftovers also save well. Extra filling lasts up to 3 days refrigerated.
Shrimp Roll

Boil the shrimp, or it’s ideal for leftover cooked

You can use fresh shrimp for this shrimp roll recipe, or it’s actually a great use for leftover cooked shrimp! Boiling is the quickest method to get from raw shrimp to cold shrimp, but you can use whatever cooking method you like.

  • Boil the shrimp for 2 minutes, then remove to an ice bath. The ice bath stops the cooking immediately, and gets the shrimp cooled down and ready for the salad.
  • Or, use leftover cooked shrimp. This is actually a great use for shrimp leftovers, which can be unappetizing on their own. Got leftover shrimp cocktail? Make shrimp rolls!

The secret spice? Old Bay

One last thing about this shrimp roll recipe. It’s nice to use this secret seasoning if you have it. Old Bay! It’s not required, but Old Bay is a seasoning blend that’s traditionally used in New England seafood recipes (like a shrimp boil). We added a hint of it to this recipe, and rounded it out perfectly.

Where to find Old Bay? In the US, you can find Old Bay in your grocery store in the spices aisle. Or, you can buy Old Bay online or make homemade Old Bay!

Shrimp roll recipe

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This shrimp roll recipe is…

Pescatarian and dairy free. For gluten-free, use gluten-free buns.

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Shrimp Roll


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8

Description

This shrimp roll recipe takes everything that’s great about a lobster roll…and makes it with shrimp! Serve it on a warm, toasted bun.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound medium or small shrimp, peeled and deveined*
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or dill
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 split top hot dog buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for dairy free)

Instructions

  1. Boil the shrimp: Boil 2 quarts of water, seasoned with ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Add the shrimp and cook about 2 minutes (more or less time depending on size of shrimp), until bright pink and cooked through. Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and place it directly into an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
  2. Chop the shrimp: Remove the shrimp from the ice bath with a slotted spoon. Pat the shrimp dry with a few paper towels as you place them onto the cutting board. Then chop the shrimp into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Make the filling: Finely mince the celery and thinly slice the green onions. Finely chop the chives. Stir together the chopped shrimp with the celery, green onion, chives, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, Old Bay, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Toast the buns: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the buns cut-side down into the skillet and cook for 20 to 30 seconds until browned. Then flip and continue frying about 10 to 15 seconds on the other side.
  5. Serve: Place the shrimp filling into the buns and serve. Leftover filling keeps for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. 

Notes

*You can also use leftover cooked shrimp for this recipe: it’s an ideal use!

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Burrata Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce

Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy…

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Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy dinner that’s truly sublime.

Burrata Pasta

Burrata cheese is one of life’s greatest pleasures (if you’re a cheese lover like we are). One of the best ways to make it into a meal? This Burrata Pasta, a beautiful example of Italian-style culinary simplicity. The majestic balls of fresh mozzarella sit atop a pasta twirls entwined with a rustic tomato basil sauce. Breaking into the cheese releases its creamy, rich interior into each bite. We simply could not stop eating this one, and immediately added it to our “best of” dinner list.

What’s burrata, exactly?

Burrata is an Italian fresh mozzarella cheese filled with cream and cheese shreds, called straciatella. When you cut into the ball, the creamy cheese comes spilling out: perfect for topping pasta and pizza.

If it sounds rich, that’s because it is! Burrata is higher in fat content than normal mozzarella and most other cheeses. This cheese originated in Southern Italy, and it’s now served all over the country and world. It’s on the pricier side for a cheese, but it’s absolutely worth it. When we want to impress, it’s burrata all the way.

Burrata pasta

Ingredients in this burrata pasta

Burrata is fantastic for topping pasta because it’s rich and delicious, and because it looks showy! We modeled this recipe after one a friend made for us on a summer evening. Topped with burrata balls and sliced cherry tomatoes, spaghetti looks positively glamorous. Here’s what you’ll need for this burrata pasta:

  • Burrata cheese
  • Canned whole tomatoes, San Marzano if possible
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spaghetti or bucatini pasta
Burrata pasta

Make a rustic tomato basil sauce

The main task for this burrata pasta? Making the rustic tomato basil sauce. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for this method:

  • Look for whole canned San Marzano tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes are an Italian variety of tomato (not a brand). They have the best sweet, developed flavor straight out of the can. They’re becoming widely available in many American grocery stores, so you should be able to find them in the canned tomato section. They’re worth seeking out here.
  • You’ll mash the tomatoes into a sauce with a potato masher. The flavor of whole tomatoes is a step above crushed tomatoes. So for this sauce, you’ll crush them yourself using a potato masher! See the photo for the approximate texture.
  • This results in a chunky texture. The chunky, rustic texture gives beautiful bursts of tomato basil flavor. You can immersion blend it to make it smoother, but we prefer it this way.
Tomato basil sauce

How to serve this burrata pasta

This burrata pasta recipe is all about presentation! It’s at its best when served on a large platter topped with all the fixings. Here are a few things to note:

  • Top with burrata balls, then cut them for serving. As each eater helps themselves, they can cut off a bit of the burrata. Alternatively, you can break up the burrata into small pieces and gently toss it.
  • Cherry tomatoes are optional! They’re perfect if you’re serving burrata pasta in the summer. If you can’t find great tomatoes, leave them out and it’s just as good.
  • Garnish with basil, olive oil, and pepper. It’s all in the presentation here! Get creative and garnish your masterpiece with basil and cherry tomatoes. We like a few grinds of black pepper, as well.
Tomato basil pasta

A few side dish ideas

What else to serve with this tasty burrata pasta to make it a meal? This dish is perfect for summer with a few salads, or serve it in the winter with garlic bread. Here are some tasty options:

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Burrata Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Burrata pasta is simplicity at its finest! Pair this rich cheese with a hearty tomato basil sauce for an easy dinner that’s truly sublime.


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 28 ounce whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup roughly chopped basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces spaghetti or bucatini pasta
  • ½ pint red and yellow cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (or, omit if they’re not in season)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces (2 balls) burrata cheese
  • Fresh ground black pepper, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the tomato basil sauce: Add the olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook for about 30 to 45 seconds until lightly browned and fragrant. Add the whole tomatoes with the can liquid, taking care as it may spit as the tomatoes hit the hot oil. Use a potato masher to break up the tomatoes into small pieces (see the sauce photo above). Add the kosher salt and chopped basil leaves and bring to a heavy simmer. Cover the saucepan with a lid slightly ajar and simmer, bubbling rapidly, for 10 to 12 minutes until thickened. (If you prefer a smoother texture you can immersion blend it, but we highly recommend the chunky rustic texture here.)
  2. Cook the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. Drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add a drizzle of olive oil if the sauce is not yet done, to prevent sticking.
  3. Serve: Toss the noodles with the sauce until well coated. Add to a platter and top with the grated Parmesan. Add the two burrata balls, and arrange the cherry tomatoes around them. Top with a drizzle of olive oil, several pinches kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and additional chopped basil. When serving, have each eater break off pieces of the burrata for their portion, or simply break it into pieces and lightly toss throughout the pasta. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Burrata pasta

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Plant Based Street Tacos

These plant based street tacos are fast and easy, full of bold flavor! Everyone will love this vegan dinner idea.…

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These plant based street tacos are fast and easy, full of bold flavor! Everyone will love this vegan dinner idea.

Vegan street tacos

This post was created in partnership with OZO Plant-Based Protein. All opinions are our own.

Here’s a deliciously fresh plant based meal idea…that also takes no time to put together. (Sounds impossible, right?) Try these Plant Based Street Tacos! This vegan taco topping is our new go-to because it’s so easy and delicious, and everyone in our family loves it. The secret? Well, it’s powered by a plant-based protein that blew us away with the flavor and protein level, made by OZO Plant-Based Protein. It’s also a seriously fast dinner you can make in a flash. Ready to get started?

Ingredients in these plant based street tacos

What’s a street taco vs a standard taco? It’s all in the size. A street taco is made to hold in your hand and eat on the go, so it’s smaller than a regular taco. Street tacos are typically made with corn tortillas that are no larger than 5-inches in diameter. If you’re going authentic, you’ll want to double them up to avoid breakage! Here’s what’s in this plant based street taco recipe:

  • 5-inch corn tortillas
  • OZO Plant-Based Mexican Ground (see below)
  • Black bean and corn salad (here)
  • Pickled onions (optional)
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce
OZO plant based protein

The key: a great plant based taco meat!

What makes this plant based street taco recipe? The plant based taco protein: OZO Plant-Based Mexican Ground. After taste testing it, we were pleasantly surprised! There are a lot of questionable plant based proteins out there, and this one passed the test at our house. Here’s what we love about it:

  • It’s got 20 grams of protein per serving. A lot of plant based proteins we’ve tried actually don’t have much protein! (Weird, but true.)
  • It’s made of pea protein. Many plant-based proteins are made with gluten or unnatural substances.
  • It’s delicious. The texture is great, and it already tastes like taco meat, so you don’t have to add seasonings.

Optional taco sauces!

These vegan street tacos are seriously simple, so you may want to jazz them up with some additional items if you have extra time. They taste delicious as is, but here are a few different creamy plant-based sauces you might want to try:

  • Chipotle Sauce: This creamy, spicy sauce is made with tahini and adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle chilis). It’s the quickest to make of these options.
  • Cashew Cream: Make it in advance: it’s our go-to creamy vegan sauce that makes anything taste better! You can also try Vegan Sour Cream
  • Cilantro Sauce: This light green sauce is beautifully bright and has a zingy flavor! It’s also cashew based.
Plant based tacos

Tips on warming tortillas

The last tip on making killer plant based street tacos: make sure to warm your tortillas! There’s nothing worse than biting into a cold, leathery tortilla. Corn tortillas especially can break easily when they’re cold. Remember that with street tacos, you’ll want to layer 2 tortillas to avoid breakage. Here’s how to warm tortillas like a pro:

  • Place them over the flame of a gas burner (preferred!). Place each tortilla directly on a gas burner for a few seconds per side, turning with tongs. This lightly chars the edges and warms the tortillas (so they’ll look like the photos). Then throw them into a tortilla warmer!
  • Warm them in the oven. If you don’t have a gas burner, you can warm them in the oven. Go to How to Warm Tortillas.

More taco recipes

Who doesn’t love tacos? Here are a few more tasty taco recipes you might enjoy, many of which are vegan dinner ideas:

This vegan street tacos recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Plant Based Street Tacos


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (12 tacos)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These vegan street tacos are fast and easy, full of bold flavor! Everyone will love this plant based dinner idea.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the black bean and corn salad: In a bowl, mix together the beans (drained and rinsed), corn, and pico de gallo with the kosher salt.
  2. Warm the plant based taco meat: In a skillet, warm the OZO Plant-Based Mexican Seasoned Ground, according to the package instructions. 
  3. Warm the tortillas: Warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  4. Assemble the tacos: Layer 2 tortillas, then top with black bean and corn salad, taco meat, onions or pickled onions, cilantro, and hot sauce. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican-inspired

Keywords: Vegan street tacos, plant based tacos, plant based taco meat, OZO plant based protein

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Grilled Salmon in Foil

Here’s how to make grilled salmon in foil: the easiest way to grill salmon! These tips make a perfectly moist…

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Here’s how to make grilled salmon in foil: the easiest way to grill salmon! These tips make a perfectly moist and seasoned fillet.

Grilled Salmon in Foil

Want to know the easiest, no-fail way to grill salmon? Make Grilled Salmon in Foil! We love a good crispy-on-the-outside charred fish, so we were a little skeptical at first. But this method results in one delightfully moist, perfectly seasoned fillet of salmon! It tastes completely irresistible, and the best part? It could not be easier. No nervously flipping the fish and worrying about sticking to the grill grates. Place it right in the foil and go!

How to grill salmon in foil: some tips!

All you need to know for this one: what grill temperature for salmon, and how long to grill salmon in foil? 6 minutes with the foil closed, then 1 to 5 minutes with the foil open. Here are the pointers, or jump to the recipe below for all the specifics:

  • Preheat the grill to medium high: that’s 375 to 450 degrees.
  • Place the salmon on foil. Brush it with olive oil and season it (more on that below). Close the packet and seal it up.
  • Grill 6 minutes with the foil packet closed. Then open the foil packet and grill 1 to 5 more minutes with the foil open, until the salmon is tender and pink or the internal temperature reads 125 to 130F at the thickest part.

That’s it! Spritz the salmon with lemon and serve. No flipping, no babying required.

Grilled salmon in foil

What to expect from grilled salmon in foil (vs on the grates)

Making grilled salmon in foil is by far the easiest method for grilling fish out there. There are a few tradeoffs with Classic Grilled Salmon, where you grill the fish right on the grates. Here’s what to expect:

  • Classic grilled salmon comes out with a crispy top and charred flavor. If you love a crispy top to your salmon, you’ll want to use this method instead. Cook it right on the grill grates, then flip and finish cooking.
  • Grilled salmon in foil comes out perfectly moist. The top does not crisp up here, and you won’t get as much charred grill flavor because the foil acts as a barrier. But this method is extremely easy and the fish comes out incredibly tender and delicious!

The difference is almost like the difference between a pan seared salmon and a poached salmon. Cooking in foil makes things moist instead of crispy, but it’s incredibly easy. You’ll see the same interplay between our crispy grilled potatoes vs grilled potatoes in foil, or this charred grilled corn vs grilled corn in foil.

Best ways to season grilled salmon

There are so many ways to season salmon! This recipe has a basic seasoning but it’s incredibly delicious and perfectly salted. Here are a few pointers to note about seasoning salmon:

  • Use ½ teaspoon kosher salt for every 1 pound salmon. Use a little less if you’re using a seasoning blend with added salt.
  • Garlic powder, onion powder and cumin add just a hint of complexity (see below).
  • Spritzing with lemon is a must! You can also top with fresh chopped herbs.
  • Or, try our Magic Seafood Seasoning. This Salmon Seasoning has incredible flavor, and you can mix up a big batch in advance.
Grilled Salmon in Foil

Grill the lemon wedges if you’d like

Want to step up this recipe a bit? It’s not necessary, but we also grilled the lemon wedges right along with the salmon! It doesn’t change the flavor too much, but the charred look on the lemon wedges does add a little bit of fun to the recipe.

That’s it! All you need to know about grilled salmon in foil. We hope you love it: let us know what you think in the comments below!

What to serve with grilled salmon in foil

There are so many great sides to pair with grilled salmon in foil: and since your grill is fired up, why not use it too? Here are a few of our top grilled sides and a few more salad options for a perfect summer dinner:

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The grill is perfect for seafood in the summer! Here are some top-rated grilled fish recipes:

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Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Grilled salmon in foil

Grilled Salmon in Foil


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Here’s how to make grilled salmon in foil: the easiest way to grill salmon! These tips make a perfectly moist and seasoned fillet.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds or 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, wild caught if possible
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, cumin
  • 8 lemon wedges
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish (oregano, chives, basil, parsley, tarragon, etc)

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees).
  2. Place the salmon in foil: Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil. Sprinkle the salmon with the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin (add a few grinds of black pepper if you like). Close the foil and seal it around the salmon.
  3. Grill: Place the packet directly on the grill grates and cook for 6 minutes. Then carefully open the packet and release the steam. Cook additional 1 to 5 minutes, depending on thickness, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should read between 125 to 130F when a food thermometer is inserted in the thickest part of the salmon).
  4. Optional: Meanwhile, grill the lemon wedges directly on the grill grates, cut side down, until blackened. (This doesn’t affect flavor too much, but gives a nice charred look to the lemons.)
  5. Serve: Generously spritz the cooked salmon with the lemon. Top with fresh herbs and serve. Leftovers keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: Grilled salmon in foil, how long to grill salmon in foil, how to grill salmon in foil

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Smoked Salmon Salad

This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.…

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This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Here’s a genius trick that makes a fast dinner or healthy lunch with no cooking required. That’s right, no need to grab your pan and spatula. Try this Smoked Salmon Salad! It’s healthy, fresh, and 100% cook free. Imagine: savory smoked salmon, fresh greens, fluffy goat cheese dollops and a tangy shallot vinaigrette. It’s ideal for a summer meal al fresco or fast lunch: and it comes together in 15 minutes flat.

Components in smoked salmon salad

Somehow we tend to forget about the magic of smoked salmon for making fast meals, so we’re remedying that with this recipe. Smoked salmon salad is the type of lifesaver meal you can throw together while your kids are screaming or when you don’t have energy to think. Of course, you’ll need to have a few ingredients on hand:

  • Smoked salmon: find it in the refrigerated section near the meat counter
  • Fresh greens: we like to use mixed spring greens for color and texture contrasts
  • Goat cheese: it adds creamy, savory notes: substitute feta if you’re not a goat cheese fan
  • Homemade shallot vinaigrette: easy to mix up (see below)
  • Red onion slices: add just the right spicy bite
Smoked salmon salad

Optional ingredients to add!

This smoked salmon salad is totally customizable, based on what you have on hand in your refrigerator. Use it as a “clean out the fridge” concept and add any veggies, nuts or seeds you like. A few ideas that would go well:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Sesame seeds or pepitas
  • Almonds, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts

Mix up a homemade shallot vinaigrette

The star of this smoked salmon salad, other than the salmon itself, is the dressing! This homemade vinaigrette comes together quickly and has the perfect tangy flavor. It stars shallots, small onions that have a delicate flavor. They’re one of our favorites to use in salad dressings! Here’s what to know about the dressing:

  • Whisk the olive oil in gradually to get the perfect emulsion. We like to do it about 1 tablespoon at a time. The Dijon mustard is also a key component to getting a creamy consistency.
  • Dressing stores up to 2 weeks. The dressing can solidify in the fridge because of the oil, so bring to room temperature before serving.
Shallot vinaigrette

Dressing variations for smoked salmon salad

Of course, you can use any other type of dressing you like for this smoked salmon salad. The quality greatly affects the final flavors. So if you use store-bought, make sure it’s best quality! Here we’d recommend tangy vinaigrettes starring herbs, tomatoes or fresh berries. Here are a few more delicious go-to homemade salad dressing recipes we love:

More easy salmon recipes

Salmon is a weeknight dinner hero, in our book! Smoked salmon is ever better, since you don’t have to cook it! Here are a few more recipes where this lean protein makes a delicious lunch, brunch or dinner:

This smoked salmon salad recipe is…

Pescatarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Smoked Salmon Salad


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 salads
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This smoked salmon salad is the ideal quick dinner: no cooking involved! It’s fresh, healthy, and full of big flavor.


Ingredients

For the salad

  • 10 ounces greens (2 to 3 cups per plate)
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 4 to 6 large sprigs fresh dill, torn into pieces
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  • ¼ cup red onion slices
  • Sesame seeds, for the garnish

For the vinaigrette dressing

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced shallot (1/2 medium shallot)

Instructions

  1. Make the vinaigrette dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms. Store refrigerated and bring to room temperature before serving (keeps at least 2 weeks).
  2. Make the smoked salmon salad: Place the greens on a plate. Add pieces of smoked salmon, torn dill, goat cheese dollops, and sliced red onions. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Smoked salmon salad

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