Quick Shrimp Stir Fry

This shrimp stir fry is a go-to fast and healthy dinner! Use any veggies you like and this flavor-packed stir fry sauce. Here’s a go-to in the fast and easy dinner category: shrimp stir fry! It’s quick to put together and the umami-packed stir fry sauce is full of irresistible flavor. It’s our favorite Easy Stir Fry Sauce that works with any type of stir fry: we’ve used it on tofu, cauliflower, or shrimp, but of course you can riff endlessly. Add your favorite vegetables to make a super-satisfying dinner that pleases everyone around the table. (At least, it did here!) Ingredients in this shrimp stir fry This shrimp stir fry recipe is completely customizable based on your tastes. All you need is shrimp and stir fry sauce: then use whatever veggies you love! Here’s what we included as essential ingredients: but you can customize based on your liking (more on that below!). Shrimp, fresh or frozen Broccoli or broccolini: broccolini has a nice sweet flavor and the lovely look of the long stems Bell peppers: peppers are quick to cook and pack in the nutrients Mushrooms (optional): shiitake mushrooms add big savory flavor, but you can use any type […]

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This shrimp stir fry is a go-to fast and healthy dinner! Use any veggies you like and this flavor-packed stir fry sauce.

Shrimp Stir Fry

Here’s a go-to in the fast and easy dinner category: shrimp stir fry! It’s quick to put together and the umami-packed stir fry sauce is full of irresistible flavor. It’s our favorite Easy Stir Fry Sauce that works with any type of stir fry: we’ve used it on tofu, cauliflower, or shrimp, but of course you can riff endlessly. Add your favorite vegetables to make a super-satisfying dinner that pleases everyone around the table. (At least, it did here!)

Ingredients in this shrimp stir fry

This shrimp stir fry recipe is completely customizable based on your tastes. All you need is shrimp and stir fry sauce: then use whatever veggies you love! Here’s what we included as essential ingredients: but you can customize based on your liking (more on that below!).

  • Shrimp, fresh or frozen
  • Broccoli or broccolini: broccolini has a nice sweet flavor and the lovely look of the long stems
  • Bell peppers: peppers are quick to cook and pack in the nutrients
  • Mushrooms (optional): shiitake mushrooms add big savory flavor, but you can use any type of mushroom, like portobello, cremini, oyster, or maitake
  • Green onions: quick to cook and add a fresh flavor
  • Ginger (optional): fresh ginger root adds big flavor if you have it
Shrimp stir fry

More veggie ideas!

There are lots more veggies you can add to customize this shrimp stir fry. All you need to know is the relative cook time. But important: don’t overstuff your pan! More veggies is not necessarily better. Using too many makes them stack on each other and steam instead of stir fry, resulting in soggy veggies. You’ll want to use your largest skillet and approximately 6 to 8 cups of vegetables. Here are a few ideas for more veggies:

What shrimp to buy

There are lots of options at the store when it comes to shrimp! When you’re shopping for this shrimp stir fry, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Wild caught. Always opt for wild caught if you can afford it. It’s the most sustainable!
  • Find medium shrimp (or large). Medium shrimp is our favorite, because it’s bite-sized and distributes well with the veggies. Large works too! Medium is labeled as 41 to 50 count, and Large as 31 to 40 count (this indicates how many shrimp there are per pound).
  • Use tail on or peeled. Tail on looks nice, but you do have to remove the tails with your hands as you eat them! Peeled is nice, especially when serving kids.
  • Fresh or frozen. Both have essentially the same freshness because most shrimp are immediately flash frozen. Just make sure to thaw the shrimp in advance.
Shrimp stir fry

The stir fry sauce

This shrimp stir fry sauce is customizable to work for any stir fry! We made it first with our Tofu Stir Fry, then realized it would be delicious with just about any protein. Use this sauce for any stir fry that’s intended for 4 servings and 1 pound of protein, be it chicken, tofu, steak or shrimp. You can also make the sauce in advance: whip it up and store in a covered jar or container until you’re ready to cook. Here’s what’s in this sauce:

  • Soy sauce
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Miso
  • Cornstarch
  • Garlic powder

How to serve shrimp stir fry

Once you’ve whipped up this shrimp stir fry: how to serve it? Of course, you can add rice and call it a day. But here are a few more options for serving suggestions and side dishes to make it a complete meal.

Shrimp stir fry recipe

A few nutrition notes

Lastly, a few notes on nutrition! This shrimp stir fry is big on both flavor and nutrients! We like to design meals that add a big nutritional punch using our favorite go-to veggies. Here’s what to note:

  • Bell peppers are packed with vitamin C: 1 medium red bell pepper provides 169% of your daily vitamin C. So using two peppers in this recipe knocks this vitamin off the charts (source).
  • Broccoli is full of fiber and Vitamin C. 1 cup of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of fiber (source) and 140% of your daily vitamin (source). This recipe uses about 4 cups.
  • You also get all the benefits of mushrooms, like anti-oxidants and Vitamin B (source).

This shrimp stir fry recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and pescatarian.

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Shrimp Stir Fry

Shrimp Stir Fry (25 Minutes!)


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

Description

This shrimp stir fry is a go-to fast and healthy dinner! Use any veggies you like and this flavor-packed stir fry sauce.


Ingredients

For the shrimp stir fry

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, deveined and shelled (or tail on), wild caught if possible
  • 1 pound broccoli or broccolini (stem on), about 4 cups
  • 2 bell peppers, any color
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger, optional

For the stir fry sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow or white miso
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Thaw the shrimp, if frozen.
  2. Chop the veggies: Chop the broccoli. Thinly slice the bell peppers. Remove the stems of the shiitake mushrooms and slice (or if using baby shiitakes, you can leave the stems on). 
  3. Make the stir fry sauce: Whisk together all ingredients until a smooth sauce forms.
  4. Cook the vegetables: In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium high heat. Add the broccoli or broccolini, bell pepper and mushrooms. Add 2 pinches kosher salt and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp tender. Remove the vegetables to bowl.
  5. Cook the shrimp: Add the additional 1 tablespoon sesame oil to the pan. Add the shrimp and green onions. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the shrimp are almost opaque, turning once. Then add back the vegetables and the sauce. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the sauce is thickened.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

This pecan crusted salmon is fast and easy, with a deliciously crunchy topping! Make it to impress on weeknights or for dinner guests. Here’s a meal that consistently makes everyone who takes a bite say Wow. Try this Pecan Crusted Salmon! It has an air of restaurant-style fancy, but it’s quick and easy to whip up on a weeknight. It takes basic salmon to the next level, coating it in a crunchy topping of nuts, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. The flavors are elevated enough for dinner guests, but also tasty enough for kids to shovel in bites. Pull it out for dinner guests or an easy weeknight meal…you choose! (And keep reading for a custom side dish that pairs beautifully.) What you’ll need for pecan crusted salmon Aside from the fish, all the other ingredients in this pecan crusted salmon are pantry ingredients! That makes this preparation great for if you’re looking for a great way to cook salmon but don’t want to think too hard. Once you’ve bought the Italian panko, you can keep it on hand for months. Here’s what you’ll need: Salmon (wild caught if possible, see below) Dijon mustard Honey Pecans Italian panko (see more below) Grated […]

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This pecan crusted salmon is fast and easy, with a deliciously crunchy topping! Make it to impress on weeknights or for dinner guests.

Pecan Crusted Salmon

Here’s a meal that consistently makes everyone who takes a bite say Wow. Try this Pecan Crusted Salmon! It has an air of restaurant-style fancy, but it’s quick and easy to whip up on a weeknight. It takes basic salmon to the next level, coating it in a crunchy topping of nuts, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. The flavors are elevated enough for dinner guests, but also tasty enough for kids to shovel in bites. Pull it out for dinner guests or an easy weeknight meal…you choose! (And keep reading for a custom side dish that pairs beautifully.)

What you’ll need for pecan crusted salmon

Aside from the fish, all the other ingredients in this pecan crusted salmon are pantry ingredients! That makes this preparation great for if you’re looking for a great way to cook salmon but don’t want to think too hard. Once you’ve bought the Italian panko, you can keep it on hand for months. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Salmon (wild caught if possible, see below)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Pecans
  • Italian panko (see more below)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (that’s the kind that’s the texture of sand, not shredded)
  • Salt and pepper
Pecan crusted salmon

What salmon to look for

The number one most important part of a salmon recipe? The quality of the salmon. Try to find the best quality salmon you can afford. Here are a few tips on locating a great piece of salmon:

  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor.
  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find decent frozen salmon. But for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Try to avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

Italian style Panko, and a substitute

A key to this recipe? Italian-style Panko. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. Italian panko is panko with herbs and salt added. You can also use breadcrumbs or Italian breadcrumbs here, but we like how panko give it just the right crunch. You should be able to find panko easily at your local grocery store. If you can’t find the Italian-style panko, you can do the following:

  • Use regular panko and add salt and Italian seasonings. Mix the 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil)
  • Or look for Italian or plain breadcrumbs instead, or make your own breadcrumbs! For plain breadcrumbs, use the seasoning recommendations for panko above.
Pecan crusted salmon

Make it gluten-free

Panko is made from bread, so how to make this recipe gluten-free? Look for gluten-free panko or breadcrumbs in stores or online to make this a gluten free recipe. You can also omit the breadcrumbs, but keep in mind the topping will be less delightfully crunchy (but still delicious).

How to store pecans

Another key to this recipe: the pecans! The nuts are great for adding a bit of protein and crunch to the top of the salmon. We like to buy a nice big bag of pecans…but did you know it’s not best to store them in your pantry? Here’s how to keep them fresh longer:

  • Store pecans in the refrigerator for up to 6 months! Most people think of storing nuts in their pantry. But pecans stay freshest in your refrigerator! We place them in our cheese drawer.
  • Store pecans frozen for up to 2 years. Did you know you can freeze pecans? This extends the life for years. They thaw quickly when you remove them!
Arugula Goat Cheese Salad

A great side dish to pair with pecan crusted salmon!

For this pecan crusted salmon, we decided to create a custom side dish to go alongside! Readers often tell us it’s hard to find side dishes that are easy enough to make, fit with the vibe, and fill in the needed nutrients. Here’s one we developed to fit with this recipe: Arugula Goat Cheese Salad! Here’s more about it:

  • Start with a few handfuls baby arugula, fluffy leafy greens. Make sure to buy baby, not standard arugula (which is very bitter). You can also substitute spinach or mixed greens.
  • Drizzle it with this Creamy Balsamic Dressing, which has the best tangy sweet flavor.
  • Top with goat cheese crumbles, sliced shallot, apples, and pecans. It’s simple, but the flavors are tight and it tastes incredible.

Other side dishes to pair

Just a salad and pecan crusted salmon might need a little filling out as a full meal. So here are a few other quick side dishes to consider!

This pecan crusted salmon recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free (with gluten-free panko).

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

Pecan Crusted Salmon


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

Description

This pecan crusted salmon is fast and easy, with a deliciously crunchy topping! Make it to impress on weeknights or for dinner guests.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon fillet or fillets, skin on (wild caught if possible)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons Italian panko (or Italian breadcrumbs; gluten-free if desired)*
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Bring the salmon to room temperature and pat it dry. Season the salmon with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the Dijon mustard and honey, then brush it on to the fish in an even layer. 
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the finely chopped pecans, Italian panko, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the pistachio mixture on top of the fish.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon flakes with a fork; the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center. Serve immediately. 

Notes

*We recommend Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs because they’re already seasoned. Panko is best since it’s the lightest and crunchiest. If all you can find is regular panko, mix 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil). 

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice

This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing. Here’s an irresistible recipe you’ll want to make again and again…this Shrimp Rice Bowl! It got 5 stars in our house. Of course, that’s an unofficial poll judging by how quickly it disappeared! Mix up a batch of cilantro lime rice, then top it with tender shrimp and a black bean and corn salad. This best part is a creamy, zingy chipotle ranch dressing that covers it all in deliciousness. (Yep, that’s the technical term.) This is one of our favorite bowl meals we’ve made in a while. And while it’s basic, every element is seasoned to perfection. Ingredients in this shrimp bowl recipe It has several components, but you should be able to finish this healthy dinner recipe in 30 minutes or less. Here’s the breakdown of the elements in this shrimp rice bowl: Shrimp: You can bake, broil, or sauté the shrimp for this recipe! See below to determine your favorite method. We like using tail-on shrimp for the look, but you can use peeled for easier eating. Cilantro lime rice: This bowl features our […]

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This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing.

Shrimp Bowl

Here’s an irresistible recipe you’ll want to make again and again…this Shrimp Rice Bowl! It got 5 stars in our house. Of course, that’s an unofficial poll judging by how quickly it disappeared! Mix up a batch of cilantro lime rice, then top it with tender shrimp and a black bean and corn salad. This best part is a creamy, zingy chipotle ranch dressing that covers it all in deliciousness. (Yep, that’s the technical term.) This is one of our favorite bowl meals we’ve made in a while. And while it’s basic, every element is seasoned to perfection.

Ingredients in this shrimp bowl recipe

It has several components, but you should be able to finish this healthy dinner recipe in 30 minutes or less. Here’s the breakdown of the elements in this shrimp rice bowl:

  • Shrimp: You can bake, broil, or sauté the shrimp for this recipe! See below to determine your favorite method. We like using tail-on shrimp for the look, but you can use peeled for easier eating.
  • Cilantro lime rice: This bowl features our favorite cilantro lime rice: and it really does step up the recipe vs plain rice!
  • Black bean and corn salad: Here’s a fun trick: mix black beans, corn, and pico de gallo and it becomes and impromptu salad!
  • Chipotle ranch dressing: This healthy chipotle ranch is so easy to make, and you’ll want to drizzle it on everything! It’s got yogurt, mayo, and adobo sauce (see below).
Shrimp bowl recipe

Baked vs broiled vs sauteed shrimp!

There are a few different methods you can use for the shrimp here! Here are the pros and cons of each:

  • Baked shrimp: This method is easy and hands off! Pop the shrimp in the oven and cook 4 to 6 minutes. The only con? You have to preheat the oven.
  • Broiled shrimp: Even easier! It’s even quicker to broil shrimp, and you don’t have to preheat. The con? You’ll have to keep an eye on it in the last few minutes.
  • Sauteed shrimp: Super simple and quick: the fastest method for cooking shrimp! It also comes out more browned than the other methods. The con? You have to be hands-on the entire cooking time, and be good at quickly flipping the shrimp. Be careful not to overcook!

The type of shrimp to buy

There are lots of option at the store for shrimp, and it can get confusing! Here’s the type of shrimp we like to grab for this recipe:

  • Find medium or large shrimp. Medium shrimp is sometimes labeled 41 to 50 count, and Large is labeled as 31 to 40 count.
  • Use tail on or peeled. Tail on looks nice, but you do have to pull them off when eating. So use shelled if you like! Do not use shell on. If you accidentally buy shell on, remove it before cooking.
  • Fresh or frozen. Both are essentially the same freshness since most shrimp are immediately flash frozen. Just make sure to thaw the shrimp in advance.
  • Wild caught. Look for wild caught: it’s the most sustainable!
Chipotle ranch dressing
You’ll want to use this chipotle ranch dressing on everything!

The shrimp bowl sauce: a healthy spin on ranch dressing!

Who doesn’t love ranch? For the drizzle for this healthy shrimp bowls recipe, we created a healthy spin on ranch that’s seriously delicious. Here’s what to know:

  • The dressing uses both mayonnaise and yogurt: the yogurt helps to cut down on calories but keeps it deliciously creamy.
  • It has only 38 calories per tablespoon, vs 73 calories in store bought! So we’d call that healthy version. It’s also gluten-free, keto and low carb.
  • You can customize the spice level! Use more adobo sauce if you love the heat, and less if you’re cooking for kids. What’s adobo sauce, you ask?

Using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

The key ingredient to the chipotle ranch dressing? Adobo sauce. It adds a smoky nuance and complexity that is impossible to replicate! Here’s more about this special ingredient if you haven’t worked with it before:

  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are easy to find at most grocery stores near the Mexican products. The can includes chipotle chiles: smoked and dried jalapeños that are rehydrated and canned, and adobo sauce, a purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and other spices.
  • Use only the sauce in this can! Use a spoon to work around the spicy peppers.
  • It’s not ultra spicy. Use 1 tablespoon for a mild ranch, and 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons for a medium spicy ranch.
  • What to do with the leftovers? Refrigerate or freeze leftovers, and use it for more adobo sauce recipes, like tortilla soup, taco soup, fajitas, or enchilada sauce.
Shrimp rice bowl

Meal prep and storage for this shrimp bowl recipe

Can you make this shrimp bowl recipe ahead? How long do the components last for lunches and easy healthy dinners? Here’s what to know:

  • Cooked shrimp lasts 3 days in the refrigerator. So you can cook in advance and use for lunches and dinners throughout the week.
  • You can make the rice in advance, then reheat. But rice does become dried out in the refrigerator. To reheat it, place on the stovetop or in the microwave with a few tablespoons water. It will re-absorb the water and become moist again!
  • Make the dressing up to 1 week in advance. Then refrigerate! It will likely last even longer.

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this shrimp bowl recipe in the comments below! Serve it up for healthy dinners or easy lunches throughout the week!

Cilantro lime rice
Cilantro lime rice is a tasty basic staple

This shrimp bowl recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free. For dairy-free and vegan, substitute vegan mayonnaise for the yogurt or go to Chipotle Sauce.

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Shrimp Bowl

Shrimp Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This shrimp bowl recipe gets 5 stars! An easy lunch or dinner, it stars cilantro lime rice, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing.


Ingredients

For the shrimp bowl

  • 1 recipe Cilantro Lime Rice
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 15-ounce can corn
  • 1 cup pico de gallo 
  • For serving: avocado slices, cherry tomatoes (optional)

For the chipotle ranch dressing (or Chipotle Sauce for vegan)

  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt (or use mayo for dairy-free)*
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 each teaspoon each dried dill, garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/4 each teaspoon each kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilis**

Instructions

  1. Start the rice: Start the Cilantro Lime Rice (open the rice recipe in a separate tab).
  2. Cook the shrimp: Thaw the shrimp, if using frozen. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or preheat the broiler (or you can sauté it: keep reading!). Pat the shrimp dry. Mix it in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and spices. Place the shrimp in an even layer on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if you’re baking). Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until juicy and opaque, about 4 to 6 minutes depending on the size of the shrimp. Or for broiling, broil for 3 to 6 minutes, until juicy and opaque, rotating the tray as necessary for even cooking. If you prefer, you can sauté the shrimp: In a large skillet, heat the butter 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.
  3. Make the beans and corn: Meanwhile, drain and rinse the beans. Drain the corn. In a medium bowl, mix the beans, corn, and pico de gallo with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. Make the chipotle ranch dressing: Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. 
  5. Serve: To serve, place the rice, black bean corn salad, and shrimp in a bowl. Add avocado and cherry tomatoes, if using. Drizzle with dressing and top with extra chopped cilantro (leftover from the rice). 

Notes

*Make sure the yogurt has a creamy consistency. Most yogurt brands we’ve used work, but we found one brand that was very runny which didn’t work well for salad dressing. You can also use Greek yogurt, but since it’s thicker, add water 1 teaspoon at a time until the dressing comes to a creamy consistency. 

**Customize to your heat level. For a mild version, use 1 tablespoon adobo sauce. 

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

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Easy Salmon Patties (aka Salmon Cakes!)

Here’s how to make the BEST salmon patties recipe, aka salmon cakes! Canned salmon makes them fast and easy. Serve with tartar dipping sauce. Here’s a delicious lunch or dinner idea that’s worked its way into our regular rotation: Salmon Patties! Otherwise known as Salmon Cakes, these babies are just like crab cakes but they use canned salmon instead. Using canned makes them fast and easy to make — and cheaper than using fresh salmon (like our Salmon Burgers). Pair them with tartar sauce or remoulade sauce, and the contrast of the crisp, herb-scented patties against the creamy dipping sauce is unreal. This was a huge hit in our house, especially with our 4 year old. Who knew salmon cakes are perfect kid food? Ingredients for this salmon patties recipe, aka salmon cakes What are salmon patties? Also called salmon cakes, they’re similar to crab cakes but made with canned salmon. Ingredients typically include breadcrumbs or sometimes egg as a binder, and herbs and spices for flavor. The mixture is then formed into patties and pan fried until crisp. How is this different from salmon burgers? Salmon burgers often are made with fresh salmon: they’re larger and served on a […]

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Here’s how to make the BEST salmon patties recipe, aka salmon cakes! Canned salmon makes them fast and easy. Serve with tartar dipping sauce.

Salmon Patties

Here’s a delicious lunch or dinner idea that’s worked its way into our regular rotation: Salmon Patties! Otherwise known as Salmon Cakes, these babies are just like crab cakes but they use canned salmon instead. Using canned makes them fast and easy to make — and cheaper than using fresh salmon (like our Salmon Burgers). Pair them with tartar sauce or remoulade sauce, and the contrast of the crisp, herb-scented patties against the creamy dipping sauce is unreal. This was a huge hit in our house, especially with our 4 year old. Who knew salmon cakes are perfect kid food?

Ingredients for this salmon patties recipe, aka salmon cakes

What are salmon patties? Also called salmon cakes, they’re similar to crab cakes but made with canned salmon. Ingredients typically include breadcrumbs or sometimes egg as a binder, and herbs and spices for flavor. The mixture is then formed into patties and pan fried until crisp. How is this different from salmon burgers? Salmon burgers often are made with fresh salmon: they’re larger and served on a bun. (But you could certainly make these into 4 large burgers as well!) Here’s what you’ll need to make this salmon patties recipe:

  • Canned salmon (boneless skinless)
  • Fresh parsley
  • Capers
  • Old Bay, onion powder, and salt
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olive oil, for pan frying

Can you use leftover salmon for salmon cakes? Yes! Simply use flaked cooked leftover salmon in place of the canned salmon.

Salmon patties recipe

More about canned salmon

What’s canned salmon? This is a fairly new product to us, versus canned tuna which is a pantry staple. But canned salmon is absolutely worth stocking in your pantry too! Here are a few things to note:

  • Canned salmon is much cheaper than fresh! Buying canned is a great way to have a shelf-stable seafood protein that’s much more economical than a fresh salmon fillet.
  • Look for boneless skinless canned salmon. Unlike tuna, you can easily find canned salmon that has edible skin and bones. Try to find a brand that’s boneless skinless for best results here.
  • Substitute it for tuna to make salmon salad. Canned salmon is great for salmon salad: substitute it in this Classic Tuna Salad recipe! Or try it in this Tuna Pasta Salad.

How to make salmon patties

Salmon patties are simple to make: the only part that requires a little technique is flipping them! Here are the main steps for how to make salmon cakes (or see the recipe below for specifics):

  • Mix: Drain the salmon and shred it with a fork. Mix it with the other ingredients (parsley, capers, spices, panko, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise).
  • Form and refrigerate: Form the dough into 8 patties that are about 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate 15 minutes to firm up the texture. At this point, you can also refrigerate for about 1 day before cooking them.
  • Pan fry: Heat the olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side until lightly browned on both sides. Make sure to flip them very gently.
Salmon Patties

Panko vs breadcrumbs, and how to make them gluten free

The panko or breadcrumbs are an important component to salmon patties. It gives them just the right texture so they’ll form into cakes (otherwise they easily fall apart). We like using panko since it’s easy to have on hand and very shelf stable. But here are a few more options — and some gluten free ideas:

  • Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. It’s easy to keep on hand and great in many recipes (like Pistachio Crusted Salmon or Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms).
  • Coarse breadcrumbs also work! Make sure to look for coarse since normal store-bought breadcrumbs are very fine (almost like the texture of sand). Or use homemade breadcrumbs.
  • Try gluten-free panko or homemade. For gluten-free, it’s easy to find gluten-free panko these days online or at your grocery. Or use gluten-free bread or crackers to make homemade breadcrumbs.

Old Bay seasoning and why it’s necessary!

Old Bay seasoning is the perfect seasoning for seafood like salmon patties! Here’s what to know about using it:

  • Old Bay is an American seasoning blend invented in Maryland that’s used to season shrimp, crab, clam chowder, and other seafood dishes. The main ingredients in Old Bay are paprika, celery salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  • 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!

Serve salmon cakes with tartar sauce or remoulade!

The best part of salmon cakes? Dipping them! The best seafood sauces are tartar sauce and remoulade sauce. What’s the difference? Here’s what they are, and a few other options to try as well:

  • Remoulade is a cold mayonnaise-based sauce that originated in France in the 17th century and is popular in US Cajun and Creole cuisine. Try this Easy Remoulade Sauce.
  • Tartar sauce is similar to remoulade; it’s a mayo-based seafood sauce made with pickles, capers and herbs that’s popular in the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and more. Try our Easy Tartar Sauce.
  • Chipotle ranch dressing is another fun option; it packs a little heat with adobo sauce.
  • Creamy cilantro sauce is a great sauce without mayo: it’s dairy-free and made with blended cashews!
  • Yogurt dill sauce is delicious and has a Mediterranean flair
Tartar sauce

What to serve with salmon patties

How to make salmon patties into a meal? We served this as an easy lunch to Alex’s mom and our 4 year old recently, and they gobbled it up! It’s also a great healthy dinner idea, served over greens with quinoa or rice. Here are some ideas for how to serve salmon patties or salmon cakes:

This salmon patties / salmon cakes recipe is…

Pescatarian, dairy free, and gluten-free with gluten-free panko.

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Easy Salmon Patties (aka Salmon Cakes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 patties
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Here’s how to make the BEST salmon patties recipe, aka salmon cakes! Canned salmon makes them fast and easy. Serve with tartar dipping sauce.


Ingredients

  • 18 ounces canned salmon (boneless skinless)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon each Old Bay seasoning and onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup plain panko or coarse breadcrumbs (or gluten free breadcrumbs*)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
  • For serving: Tartar Sauce or Remoulade Sauce (required!)

Instructions

  1. Drain salmon and shred it with a fork. In a medium bowl, mix it with the parsley, capers, Old Bay, onion powder, kosher salt, panko, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise. 
  2. Form the dough into 8 patties that are about 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate 15 minutes to firm up the texture (or up to 24 hours).
  3. Meanwhile, make the tartar sauce or remoulade sauce.
  4. When ready to cook, heat the olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add the patties and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until lightly browned, then gently flip them with a spatula and cook about 3 to 5 minutes more until lightly browned on the other side. Serve with the sauce. 
  • Category: Appetizer or Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal

This baked salmon and asparagus recipe is the definition of easy dinner! Throw it all on a sheet pan with lemon, and the flavor is unreal. We’ve got a new solution to an easy dinner that pleases everyone: this baked salmon and asparagus recipe! It’s simple, it’s elegant, but it tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. Roasting it up on a sheet pan with lemon slices and fresh herbs adds effortless flavor that feels fresh yet refined. Somehow in all our years of home cooking we’d never made a sheet pan meal exactly like this…and now it’s solidly in our repertoire! Alex and I made it for a healthy weeknight dinner on the patio with a wedge salad and it was perfection. Important: thin asparagus is key! Here’s a tip for working with asparagus: buy thin asparagus if you can find it! Thin, young asparagus spears are much more tender and tastier than large stalks, which can be very tough. When you roast thin asparagus, it comes out sweet and beautifully cooked! We were able to find some very thin bunches at our local grocery store, and after this recipe we decided to always look for thin asparagus. […]

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This baked salmon and asparagus recipe is the definition of easy dinner! Throw it all on a sheet pan with lemon, and the flavor is unreal.

Salmon and asparagus

We’ve got a new solution to an easy dinner that pleases everyone: this baked salmon and asparagus recipe! It’s simple, it’s elegant, but it tastes like something you’d order at a restaurant. Roasting it up on a sheet pan with lemon slices and fresh herbs adds effortless flavor that feels fresh yet refined. Somehow in all our years of home cooking we’d never made a sheet pan meal exactly like this…and now it’s solidly in our repertoire! Alex and I made it for a healthy weeknight dinner on the patio with a wedge salad and it was perfection.

Important: thin asparagus is key!

Here’s a tip for working with asparagus: buy thin asparagus if you can find it! Thin, young asparagus spears are much more tender and tastier than large stalks, which can be very tough. When you roast thin asparagus, it comes out sweet and beautifully cooked! We were able to find some very thin bunches at our local grocery store, and after this recipe we decided to always look for thin asparagus. It tastes so much better!

Another tip for working with asparagus: always trim off the tough, woody bottoms of the stalks. Here’s how to trim asparagus…fast!

Salmon and asparagus recipe

What to look for when buying salmon

The other important part of this salmon and asparagus recipe is the quality of the salmon! There’s a wide variety of salmon quality at the store (vs shrimp, which has less variation). Here’s what to look for when shopping for this sheet pan meal:

  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find decent frozen salmon. But for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter.
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but more of a splurge. Atlantic salmon is typically farmed salmon, so it’s a less desirable choice.

How to tell when salmon is done

The only difficult part about cooking salmon? How to tell when it’s done! For this salmon and asparagus recipe you’ll be cooking both at the same time. The asparagus should cook in about the same time as the salmon here, but you should base the timing on the salmon itself. Here’s what to know about how tell to know when salmon is done:

  • Use a food thermometer to measure 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure to measure at the thickest part of the fish. This is the most accurate way to assess doneness and results in medium salmon.
  • Or, cook until the salmon just starts to flake when pricked with a fork.
  • Be careful not to overcook. We prefer our salmon cooked to medium: to us, there’s nothing worse than a dry piece of fish. Keep an eye on it and don’t overdo it!
Baked salmon and asparagus

Top with lemon and herbs

The fun part about this salmon and asparagus is the seasoning! Fresh lemon and fresh herbs is simple, but classic. Here’s what to know about adding these seasonings to your sheet pan meal:

  • Place lemon slices on the asparagus, not the salmon! Don’t place the lemon on top of the salmon because it makes the top gooey, not crispy! But it’s perfect right on the asparagus: it infuses the perfect lemon flavor.
  • Use fresh herbs like chives, thyme, mint, basil, or whatever you have on hand! It’s just for a garnish, so you don’t have to measure. But it adds great flavor! We used chives and thyme from our garden.

Sides to serve with salmon and asparagus

How to make this tasty baked salmon and asparagus recipe into a healthy meal? Add a salad and you’re golden! Or add a whole grain to make it filling and satisfying. Here are some easy sides we’d pair with it:

Salmon and asparagus

More sheet pan meals

Everyone loves meals on a sheet pan! Here are a few more we love to make on regular rotation:

This salmon and asparagus recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free, and pescatarian.

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Salmon and Asparagus (Sheet Pan Meal!)


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

Description

This baked salmon and asparagus recipe is the definition of easy dinner! Throw it all on a sheet pan with lemon, and the flavor is unreal.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound thin asparagus
  • 1 pound salmon, wild caught if possible
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Lemon
  • Minced fresh herbs (like chives, mint or thyme), for garnish

Instructions

  1. Allow salmon to come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Trim the asparagus. Place it on the baking sheet and toss it with 2 tablespoon olive oil (this also oils the foil). Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Pat the salmon dry and place it on the foil. Drizzle it with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Sprinkle the salmon with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Place asparagus around the salmon. Slice the lemon into wheels and place them on top of the asparagus (but not the salmon). Squeeze juice from the two ends of the lemon onto the tray. Then add the chopped fresh herbs on top of everything. 
  5. Bake 9 to 12 minutes until the salmon is just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130F in the center for done, or 10 degrees less if you’re broiling). 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Classic Shrimp Fajitas

This Shrimp Fajitas recipe is the ideal 30 minute meal: full of irresistible flavor that everyone loves! Add it to the regular rotation stat. Looking for an easy, tasty 30 minute meal that’s a hit every time? Try these classic Shrimp Fajitas! This Tex Mex favorite might be a little basic, we admit. But it’s a recipe for dinnertime success, which makes it a total gem! Every time we serve these, they get rave reviews from everyone around the table. The fajita veggies are seasoned to perfection, and the shrimp are juicy and buttery. Throw them in a tortilla and spritz with lime, and each bite makes you want to do a happy dance. Here’s what to know about making homemade fajitas! How to make shrimp fajitas: an overview Shrimp fajitas are a fantastic 30 minute meal to add to your regular rotation. You can make them using spices you might already have on hand, or purchased fajita seasoning. The best part? They’re loaded with deliciously tender vegetables. Here’s what to do! Prep the veggies: Use your most efficient knife skills! Cutting lots of veggies time, but using the right skills makes it quick and easy. Head to How to Cut a […]

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This Shrimp Fajitas recipe is the ideal 30 minute meal: full of irresistible flavor that everyone loves! Add it to the regular rotation stat.

Shrimp fajitas

Looking for an easy, tasty 30 minute meal that’s a hit every time? Try these classic Shrimp Fajitas! This Tex Mex favorite might be a little basic, we admit. But it’s a recipe for dinnertime success, which makes it a total gem! Every time we serve these, they get rave reviews from everyone around the table. The fajita veggies are seasoned to perfection, and the shrimp are juicy and buttery. Throw them in a tortilla and spritz with lime, and each bite makes you want to do a happy dance. Here’s what to know about making homemade fajitas!

How to make shrimp fajitas: an overview

Shrimp fajitas are a fantastic 30 minute meal to add to your regular rotation. You can make them using spices you might already have on hand, or purchased fajita seasoning. The best part? They’re loaded with deliciously tender vegetables. Here’s what to do!

  • Prep the veggies: Use your most efficient knife skills! Cutting lots of veggies time, but using the right skills makes it quick and easy. Head to How to Cut a Pepper or How to Cut an Onion if you need to brush up.
  • Cook the veggies (13 to 15 minutes): Throw them into your biggest skillet and get cooking! Cook until they’re super tender and lightly charred.
  • Cook the shrimp (3 minutes): Pull out the veggies and cook the shrimp! It takes just a few minutes to get that classic fajita skillet sizzle.
  • Serve. That’s it! Grab your favorite toppings and throw it all into a tortilla. Dinner is served!
Shrimp fajitas

Or, make sheet pan shrimp fajitas!

Can you make these shrimp fajitas in the oven too? Actually, you can! Choose the workflow that’s best for you. The advantage to a baked shrimp fajita recipe is that it’s pretty hands off, whereas the stovetop method takes some stirring. But the stovetop method is quicker! The sheet pan shrimp fajitas take 45 minutes total, including preheating and prep time. Here’s what to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Prep the veggies and shrimp as noted in the recipe below.
  3. Place the vegetables onto a parchment lined baking sheet and roast 25 minutes until tender.
  4. Use a scraper to pull the veggies to one side. Add the shrimp to the baking sheet and bake 4 to 6 minutes until juicy and opaque, depending on the size of the shrimp.

Fajita seasonings: use spices or a mix!

Do you need fajita seasoning for shrimp fajitas? No. Our favorite way to make fajitas is using spices we already have on hand. So don’t go out and buy packets of fajita seasoning! You can use this combo of seasonings on both the veggies and shrimp. Here’s what to use to season these tasty veggies:

  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika: Smoked paprika is also labeled as pimentón at the grocery store. It has a very smoky flavor and is worth seeking out (you can also use it for these smoked paprika recipes).
  • Salt and pepper

Want to use fajita seasoning instead? You can do that too. Use a purchased brand or our Homemade Fajita Seasoning. See the recipe below for the quantities to use to substitute! Keep in mind fajita seasoning has salt, so pay attention to the notes we’ve provided on adjusting the kosher salt quantity.

Shrimp fajita recipe

Make this meal work for vegetarian and vegan eaters, too

Just a note: fajitas are a great customizable meal idea for people of different diets! These days, it’s not surprising to be feeding many different eaters around one table. You might be cooking for people who eat seafood and vegetarian or vegan eaters. This recipe works well as an option that fits for everyone! Here’s what to do:

  • Make this Shrimp Fajita recipe as noted below.
  • Add the seasoned pinto beans from our Vegetarian Fajitas as the protein for vegetarian or vegan eaters.
  • Customize your toppings based on diet!

Speaking of fajita toppings…

All the best fajita toppings

Use any of your favorite fajita toppings here! You can customize your topping ideas based on diet. Sour cream is a favorite of ours, but you can use cashew cream or another sauce if dairy free! Here are our must-have fajitas toppings:

  • Pico de gallo: It adds just the right zing
  • Sour cream: Always. For vegan, substitute Cashew Cream or Cilantro Sauce
  • Fresh cilantro: Another must! It’s the perfect contrast to the savory veggies
  • Guacamole: Optional — or use a mashed avocado
  • Cheese: Optional too! You can add shredded cheddar, feta, queso fresco or cotija cheese: but the flavor doesn’t need it! It’s ultra flavorful as is.
Shrimp fajita recipe

Lastly…what sides to serve with shrimp fajitas?

When we make these shrimp fajitas as a 30 minute weeknight meal, we usually don’t even make a side dish. But if you have time or are serving it as part of a nicer meal, here are a few easy ideas for what to serve with fajitas:

This shrimp fajita recipe is…

Pescatarian, dairy-free and gluten-free (with corn tortillas or other gluten-free tortilla option).

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Classic Shrimp Fajitas (30 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This Shrimp Fajitas recipe is the ideal 30 minute meal: full of irresistible flavor that everyone loves! Add it to the regular rotation stat.


Ingredients

For the fajita veggies

  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow, and green)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin*
  • 1 teaspoon each chili powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

For the shrimp fajitas

  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon each kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
  • 3 lime wedges
  • 8 to 12 small tortillas (flour or gluten free)
  • For the toppings: Sour cream, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, guacamole (optional), shredded cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Thaw the shrimp, if frozen.
  2. Prep the veggies: Thinly slice the bell peppers and thinly slice the onion. Remove the stems and slice the portobello mushrooms. Smash the garlic cloves. Place all vegetables and garlic in a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and kosher salt
  3. In your largest skillet**, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the vegetables and cook about 13 to 15 minutes until tender and lightly charred, stirring occasionally. Add additional salt to taste (we usually add a few more pinches). Remove and discard the garlic cloves. Place the vegetables in a bowl while you cook the shrimp.
  4. Cook the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry. In a medium bowl, mix the shrimp with the salt, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin. In the same skillet, heat the butter 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. Spritz with juice of the lime wedges.
  5. Serve: Warm the tortillas. Top with the toppings and serve. 

Notes

*If you have homemade or purchased Fajita Seasoning, you can substitute it for the spices. For the veggies, use 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning and reduce the kosher salt to 1 teaspoon. For the shrimp, use 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning and add 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

**Sheet pan shrimp fajitas variation: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Prep the veggies and shrimp as noted in the recipe. Place the vegetables on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast 25 minutes until tender. Use a scraper to pull the veggies to one side. Add the shrimp to the baking sheet and bake 4 to 6 minutes until juicy and opaque, depending on the size of the shrimp.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex

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Classic Salmon Burgers

Here’s the salmon burgers recipe you need! They’re easy and have the best flavor: each bite is perfection slathered with remoulade sauce. Here’s an impressive dinner idea that’s calling your name: this irresistible Salmon Burgers recipe! These burgers are so deliciously satisfying, we’re kicking ourselves this hasn’t been part of our dinnertime repertoire until now. Each bite is hearty and juicy, topped with a creamy remoulade sauce that takes it to rockstar status. This is a great way to feel like you’re eating red meat, without the meat! It’s every bit as satisfying, we think. The keys to great salmon burgers Salmon burgers are a great healthy alterative to red meat. Or if you’re someone like us, they’re a splurge to compliment our 90% plant-based diet! We’d resigned ourselves to veggie burgers forever, until this salmon burger came along. Our entire family gave it 5 stars! Here’s what to know about making this salmon burger recipe: You’ll use raw salmon. No need to pre-cook it! You can use any type of salmon, though of course the better the salmon the better the flavor (see below). A food processor is handy, but a knife works too! Whiz the dough to get […]

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Here’s the salmon burgers recipe you need! They’re easy and have the best flavor: each bite is perfection slathered with remoulade sauce.

Salmon burger recipe

Here’s an impressive dinner idea that’s calling your name: this irresistible Salmon Burgers recipe! These burgers are so deliciously satisfying, we’re kicking ourselves this hasn’t been part of our dinnertime repertoire until now. Each bite is hearty and juicy, topped with a creamy remoulade sauce that takes it to rockstar status. This is a great way to feel like you’re eating red meat, without the meat! It’s every bit as satisfying, we think.

The keys to great salmon burgers

Salmon burgers are a great healthy alterative to red meat. Or if you’re someone like us, they’re a splurge to compliment our 90% plant-based diet! We’d resigned ourselves to veggie burgers forever, until this salmon burger came along. Our entire family gave it 5 stars! Here’s what to know about making this salmon burger recipe:

  • You’ll use raw salmon. No need to pre-cook it! You can use any type of salmon, though of course the better the salmon the better the flavor (see below).
  • A food processor is handy, but a knife works too! Whiz the dough to get the right texture: or you can use a knife to finely chop.
  • Refrigerate before cooking. Firming the burgers for 15 minutes does wonders for the texture.
  • Pan fry for 5 minutes per side. Then it’s a quick pan fry in healthy olive oil. It comes out lightly crispy on the outside and browned to perfection.
Salmon burger recipe

Best salmon to buy

One think we like about this salmon burgers recipe: because you’re adding seasoning and shaping it into patties, you don’t need the most expensive, beautiful fillet. You can get away with lower quality salmon in a burger! But like any recipe, the better the raw ingredients the better the flavor. Here’s what we’d recommend for this recipe:

  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find decent frozen salmon. But for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter.
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor. Avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

Salmon burger sauce ideas!

Once you’ve cooked up your salmon burger, pair it with a tasty and delicious sauce for maximum deliciousness! Here we’ve gone classic with a traditional Remoulade Sauce. But there are so many options, each with a different vibe. Salmon burger sauce ideas to try are:

  1. Remoulade sauce, a traditional French and Cajun mayo-based sauce (our top pick!)
  2. Tartar sauce, a common seafood sauce
  3. Lemon dill sauce, for a Mediterranean spin
  4. Creamy cilantro sauce, a zingy dairy-free option
  5. Cilantro lime ranch, a creamy cilantro-based ranch
  6. Dill sauce or Cucumber sauce, Greek-yogurt based Mediterranean sauces
  7. Spicy mayo, mayo with zing
  8. Special burger sauce, all your favorite condiments in one
Salmon burger sauce
Remoulade is the ideal salmon burger sauce

Salmon burger toppings

Once you pick a sauce, you can customize your salmon burger toppings to go with the theme. There are so many great ideas, so we’ve got a separate list going! Here’s what we used, and a few more ideas:

What’s panko?

These salmon burgers use panko to hold them together. Not used to working with this ingredient? Here’s what to know:

  • Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. We like using panko because it’s light and crunchy, and makes a great texture.
  • Need a substitute? You can use coarse breadcrumbs or even homemade breadcrumbs.
  • Is all you can find regular breadcrumbs? Use only 1/2 cup instead of 3/4 cup panko, because regular breadcrumbs are very finely ground.
Salmon burger

How to make this recipe gluten-free

Can you make these salmon burgers free? Yes. Here’s what to do:

  • Look for gluten-free panko or breadcrumbs in stores or online. It’s pretty easy to find these days!
  • Try a gluten free breadcrumb substitute like rolled oats or crushed gluten free crackers.
  • Use a gluten free bun, or try these bread substitutes.

What to serve with a salmon burger

Want to make it a meal? Here’s what we’d serve with these tasty salmon burgers to make them a meal:

Salmon burger toppings
Try salmon burger toppings like guacamole and pico de gallo

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Pescatarian and dairy-free. For gluten free, see the notes above.

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Salmon burger recipe

*Best* Salmon Burger Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes (+15 minutes chill)
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers

Description

Here’s the salmon burgers recipe you need! They’re easy and have the best flavor: each bite is perfection slathered with remoulade sauce. 


Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon, skin and bones removed
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup panko or coarse breadcrumbs (gluten free if desired)*
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, for cooking
  • 1/2 cup Remoulade Sauce or another salmon burger sauce (see above)
  • For serving: Bun, red onion, tomato, lettuce

Instructions

  1. Cut the raw salmon into chunks. Add it to a food processor with parsley or cilantro, capers, onion powder and kosher salt. Pulse 8 to 10 times until roughly chopped; be careful not to over-process. (Alternatively, chop everything with a large chef’s knife until it has a uniformly roughly chopped texture.) Remove blade and stir in the panko, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise (you can do this in either the bowl of the food processor or transfer to a bowl). 
  2. Form the dough into 4 burger shapes that are about 3/4 inch thick. Refrigerate 15 minutes to firm up the texture (or up to 24 hours). While the burgers rest, make the Remoulade Sauce.
  3. When ready to cook, heat the olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add the burgers and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until browned, then flip and cook another 4 to 5 minutes or until the inside registers 130 degrees Fahrenheit on a food thermometer. You can also grill the burgers on medium high heat for the same amount of time. 
  4. Serve on a bun garnished lettuce, tomato, red onion, and Remoulade Sauce or other salmon burger sauce. Make ahead and storage: Store refrigerated up to 2 days, or wrap in freezer safe wrapping and freeze up to 3 months. Allow to defrost in the refrigerator the night before cooking. 

Notes

*If all you can find is regular breadcrumbs, use 1/2 cup since they are much finer ground than panko. 

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

Keywords: Salmon burger recipe, Salmon burger sauce

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This tuna pasta salad recipe is creamy and satisfying! It’s a protein-packed quick and easy dinner or make ahead lunch. There’s a magical meal fix out there, and we’re here for it. It’s a can of tuna. That sounds a little 1960’s, right? But there’s a reason why canned tuna was so popular in previous decades. It’s a cheap protein that’s super shelf stable. And you can transform it into seriously tasty meals: like this nostalgic Tuna Pasta Salad! It’s creamy but not too rich, with a splash of white wine vinegar and a sprinkle of dried dill. It’s a seriously simple pantry meal that gives us cozy nostalgic vibes…and it works as a make-ahead lunch too. Here’s more about it! Ingredients in tuna pasta salad This tuna pasta salad is a retro style recipe with a modern spin! We tried to take all that’s good about tuna pasta salad of the past, without the gloppy, overly rich mayonnaise. This recipe uses about half the mayo than the 1970’s version, so it’s just creamy enough. Here’s what you’ll need: Tuna, packed in water Pasta: short noodles of any type Frozen peas Mayonnaise Red onion Green onion (or substitute onion powder) […]

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This tuna pasta salad recipe is creamy and satisfying! It’s a protein-packed quick and easy dinner or make ahead lunch.

Tuna pasta salad

There’s a magical meal fix out there, and we’re here for it. It’s a can of tuna. That sounds a little 1960’s, right? But there’s a reason why canned tuna was so popular in previous decades. It’s a cheap protein that’s super shelf stable. And you can transform it into seriously tasty meals: like this nostalgic Tuna Pasta Salad! It’s creamy but not too rich, with a splash of white wine vinegar and a sprinkle of dried dill. It’s a seriously simple pantry meal that gives us cozy nostalgic vibes…and it works as a make-ahead lunch too. Here’s more about it!

Ingredients in tuna pasta salad

This tuna pasta salad is a retro style recipe with a modern spin! We tried to take all that’s good about tuna pasta salad of the past, without the gloppy, overly rich mayonnaise. This recipe uses about half the mayo than the 1970’s version, so it’s just creamy enough. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tuna, packed in water
  • Pasta: short noodles of any type
  • Frozen peas
  • Mayonnaise
  • Red onion
  • Green onion (or substitute onion powder)
  • Mayonnaise
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dried dill
  • Feta cheese, optional

It’s so easy to make this recipe: literally just boil the pasta and mix together the pasta salad ingredients. It’s mind-blowingly simple and uses mostly pantry ingredients! The only refrigerated ingredient is the green onion, which is optional. A few notes on storage, though…

Tuna pasta salad

Make it even creamier, if desired

Love a super creamy tuna pasta salad? The amount of mayo we’ve used here is about 1/2 the amount of a traditional super creamy pasta salad. You can add one of two things to this pasta salad to get an even creamier texture:

  • Add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt. We love using Greek yogurt in combination with mayo to get extra creamy sauces with less calories (like our Ranch Dressing). Do this if you’re going to eat it right away. But if you’re planning on leftovers, don’t use the Greek yogurt! The texture gets gummy in the fridge (see below).
  • Add 1/4 cup sour cream. Sour cream has a nice rich texture that doesn’t get quite as gummy as Greek yogurt in the fridge. The downside? it’s got a few more calories. If you’re going for a splurge, it makes for a nice creamy texture.

Eat immediately, or use as a make ahead lunch

This tuna pasta salad is best immediately, in our opinion! We usually eat it for dinner with some sides (see below). If you’d like, you can make it ahead for lunches throughout the week! Here’s what to know:

  • Refresh the texture and flavor before serving. This pasta salad can become drier in the refrigerator. We suggest swirling in a little mayo or sour cream before eating, and refresh with a few pinches of salt if you like. The added sour cream option above is nice if you’re wanting creaminess to hold up over several days.
  • Allow it to come to room temperature before serving. This one is best at room temp; it’s not designed as a cold pasta salad.
Tuna pasta salad recipe

Make tuna pasta salad into a meal!

This tuna pasta salad is the perfect pantry meal: with a few simple items, you’ve got dinner! It’s especially perfect for snow days or evenings where you just don’t have the energy to think. Here are a few ways you can accessorize it for lunch or dinner:

More tuna recipes

Tuna to the rescue! Canned tuna is great for throw-together pantry meals. Here are a few more of our canned tuna faves:

Tuna pasta salad

This tuna pasta salad recipe is…

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

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Tuna pasta salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad


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

Description

This tuna pasta salad recipe is creamy and satisfying! It’s a protein-packed quick and easy dinner or make ahead lunch.


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta: shells or bowties (farfalle)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 green onions (or 1/4 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 5-ounce cans tuna
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta (and peas): Start a pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta until it is just al dente. Start tasting a few minutes before the package recommends: you want it to be tender but still a little firm on the inside; usually around 7 to 8 minutes. In the last 1 minute, add the peas. Drain the pasta and peas, then rinse with cold water. 
  2. Prep the remaining ingredients: Meanwhile, thinly slice the green onions. Mince the red onion. Drain the tuna and flake it with a fork. Place them in a large bowl with the mayonnaise, white vinegar, dill, and kosher salt
  3. Mix: Once the pasta and peas are cooked, add them to the bowl and mix. Taste and adjust flavors if desired, adding black pepper as necessary. Serve immediately. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days: before eating, allow to come to room temperature. You may want to add a swirl of mayo or sour cream and a pinch of salt to refresh the texture and flavor. 

Notes

*Make a super creamy pasta salad by adding 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream. Only use Greek yogurt if you’re not planning to save leftovers; the texture can become gummy in the refrigerator. For saving over several days, sour cream is the best option. 

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: Tuna pasta salad, Tuna pasta salad recipe

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Pistachio Crusted Salmon

Pistachio crusted salmon is the perfect easy dinner to impress! The fish is irresistible with a crunchy topping of nuts and Parmesan cheese. Looking for an easy dinner to impress everyone? Try this Pistachio Crusted Salmon! This method for cooking fish seems like something you’d get at a restaurant, but it’s so simple to make. The aroma wafting from the oven will have you salivating before the food even reaches your plate! Each bite of tender fish and the crunchy, Parmesan pistachio topping makes you immediately want to take another. We inhaled this over here: and it’s now our go-to for entertaining (or a romantic meal). Here’s more about this tasty salmon recipe! Ingredients for pistachio crusted salmon The ingredient list for pistachio crusted salmon is short: and it takes no time at all to put together. Mealtime win, over here! Every time we make it, people want seconds. (Really.) Here’s what you need for this easy dinner recipe: Salmon (wild caught if possible, see below) Dijon mustard Honey Pistachios Italian panko (see more below) Grated Parmesan cheese (that’s the kind that’s the texture of sand, not shredded) Salt and pepper Best salmon to buy An important part of this […]

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Pistachio crusted salmon is the perfect easy dinner to impress! The fish is irresistible with a crunchy topping of nuts and Parmesan cheese.

Pistachio crusted salmon

Looking for an easy dinner to impress everyone? Try this Pistachio Crusted Salmon! This method for cooking fish seems like something you’d get at a restaurant, but it’s so simple to make. The aroma wafting from the oven will have you salivating before the food even reaches your plate! Each bite of tender fish and the crunchy, Parmesan pistachio topping makes you immediately want to take another. We inhaled this over here: and it’s now our go-to for entertaining (or a romantic meal). Here’s more about this tasty salmon recipe!

Ingredients for pistachio crusted salmon

The ingredient list for pistachio crusted salmon is short: and it takes no time at all to put together. Mealtime win, over here! Every time we make it, people want seconds. (Really.) Here’s what you need for this easy dinner recipe:

  • Salmon (wild caught if possible, see below)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Pistachios
  • Italian panko (see more below)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (that’s the kind that’s the texture of sand, not shredded)
  • Salt and pepper
Pistachio crusted salmon

Best salmon to buy

An important part of this pistachio crusted salmon recipe is buying a great piece of fish! This recipe is at its best with a high quality of fish. Here are some tips on the best salmon to buy:

  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find decent frozen salmon. But for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter.
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but more of a splurge. Avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

What’s panko? Is there a substitute?

One secret to the crunchy topping on this pistachio crusted salmon is panko. What it is? Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. You can use either panko or breadcrumbs in this recipe, but we prefer panko because it’s the crunchiest! Look for Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs, which contain seasonings and salt. It’s easily available in most grocery stores and online. If you can’t find Italian panko, here’s what to do:

  • Use regular panko and add salt and Italian seasonings. Mix 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil)
  • Or look for Italian or plain breadcrumbs instead, or make your own breadcrumbs! For plain breadcrumbs, use the seasoning recommendations for panko above.
Pistachios

How to make this recipe gluten free?

Can you make pistachio crusted salmon gluten free? Yes. Look for gluten-free panko or breadcrumbs in stores or online to make this a gluten free recipe. You can also omit the breadcrumbs, but keep in mind the topping will be less delightfully crunchy (but still delicious).

You can also make this recipe dairy free: skip the Parmesan cheese or use vegan Parmesan!

How to know when the salmon is done

This pistachio crusted salmon is so simple. Just mix together the Dijon mustard and honey, brush it on top, and sprinkle the top with the pistachio panko Parmesan mix! Pop it in the oven and it should take between 10 and 15 minutes to bake. How to know when salmon is done?

  • Cook until the salmon just starts to flake when pricked with a fork.
  • The internal temperature should measure 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the fish.
  • Be careful not to overcook. We prefer our salmon cooked to medium: to us, there’s nothing worse than a dry piece of fish. Keep an eye on it and don’t overdo it!
Pistachio crusted salmon

Sides to serve with pistachio crusted salmon

This pistachio crusted salmon is so delicious, we hope you’ll want to make it part of your regular dinner recipe rotation! Want to make an easy side to go with it? Here are a few ideas we like:

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This pistachio crusted salmon recipe is…

Pescatarian. For gluten-free, see the notes above.

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Pistachio crusted salmon

Pistachio Crusted Salmon


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

Description

Pistachio crusted salmon is the perfect easy dinner to impress! The fish is irresistible with a crunchy topping of nuts and Parmesan cheese.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon fillet or fillets, skin on (wild caught if possible)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons Italian panko (or Italian breadcrumbs)*
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Bring the salmon to room temperature and pat it dry. Season the salmon with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the Dijon mustard and honey, then brush it on to the fish in an even layer. 
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the finely chopped pistachios, Italian panko, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the pistachio mixture on top of the fish.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon flakes with a fork; the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center. Serve immediately. 

Notes

*We recommend Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs because they’re already seasoned. Panko is best since it’s the lightest and crunchiest. If all you can find is regular panko, mix 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil). 

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Salmon

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Simple Salmon Bowl

This salmon bowl recipe with rice is the definition of an easy and healthy dinner! Drizzle with a creamy sauce and prepare to be amazed. One of the easiest concepts there is? The bowl meal. Bowl food has surged in popularity in the past few years, and here’s why: it’s easy, healthy, and totally free-form. Even better, everything is cozier in a bowl (so says the Wall Street Journal). So here’s the epitome of a healthy bowl meal: this Simplest Salmon Bowl! The tender, seasoned fish is offset with rice, crisp tender broccoli, and covered in an easy, creamy flavor popping sauce. Try the Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce, and prepare to be amazed. Here’s how to build this simple dinner idea — and a few cheater options to make it even quicker. Pick your grain: rice or other! This recipe is designed as a salmon rice bowl, but you could use any sort of whole grain you like! It’s a loose concept that’s like our grain bowl: you can use just about anything. Here are a few ideas, listed from quickest to longest lead time: Couscous: Couscous is small round pasta, and it cooks in just 5 minutes. (If […]

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This salmon bowl recipe with rice is the definition of an easy and healthy dinner! Drizzle with a creamy sauce and prepare to be amazed.

Salmon Bowl

One of the easiest concepts there is? The bowl meal. Bowl food has surged in popularity in the past few years, and here’s why: it’s easy, healthy, and totally free-form. Even better, everything is cozier in a bowl (so says the Wall Street Journal). So here’s the epitome of a healthy bowl meal: this Simplest Salmon Bowl! The tender, seasoned fish is offset with rice, crisp tender broccoli, and covered in an easy, creamy flavor popping sauce. Try the Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce, and prepare to be amazed. Here’s how to build this simple dinner idea — and a few cheater options to make it even quicker.

Pick your grain: rice or other!

This recipe is designed as a salmon rice bowl, but you could use any sort of whole grain you like! It’s a loose concept that’s like our grain bowl: you can use just about anything. Here are a few ideas, listed from quickest to longest lead time:

  • Couscous: Couscous is small round pasta, and it cooks in just 5 minutes. (If speed is your goal, think about using smoked salmon too! See below.)
  • Rice: White rice is done in 20 minutes, brown rice takes about 40 minutes (but you can make ahead and reheat it!)
  • Quinoa: Mix up a pot of perfectly seasoned quinoa: it’s filling and gluten free
  • Farro: Farro is another tasty whole grain that’s chewy like barley
Salmon rice bowl

Find the best quality fish for a salmon bowl

Next up: let’s talk about the salmon! Salmon can vary widely in quality. You’ll want to find the highest quality salmon you can find. Some frozen salmon can be low quality and have a very fishy taste. Here’s how to find a good piece of salmon for this salmon bowl:

  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find good frozen salmon, but for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter. Frozen also works if you can find Coho (see below).
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but more of a splurge. Avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

Cheater method: use canned salmon or smoked salmon!

Want to save money and time with your salmon? Use canned salmon or smoked salmon for this salmon bowl instead! Here are a few notes about each:

  • Canned salmon is the cheapest option. It has the texture of canned tuna, but it tastes like salmon (yum!). Season it to taste with olive oil and salt and pepper before serving.
  • Smoked salmon is about the same cost as fresh salmon, but it doesn’t require cooking! All you have to do is flake it off into the bowl and it has incredible flavor.

Time saver tip: Your fastest salmon bowl recipe is using couscous and smoked salmon. You can likely make the entire meal in about 15 minutes!

Salmon bowl recipe

Make the best pan fried broccoli

What else do you need for this salmon bowl recipe? Broccoli! Broccoli is our go-to side vegetable because it’s got fiber, protein, and loads of vitamin C. You can cook broccoli in many different ways, but the fastest and easiest method is this Pan Fried Broccoli (That We Make Every Day). And we really do make it almost every day!

Try this method, and we hope you’ll be convinced to add it into your life as a side dish for lots of meals…even outside of this salmon rice bowl!

Top it with a simple sauce

Last up: the sauce! Here’s what ties the entire bowl together. And for us: we don’t want to have to whip out a blender here. No, we want sauces that take no time at all to whip up! Here are our 2 preferred sauces for this bowl, and then a few other ideas:

  • Tahini Sauce: This all-purpose tahini sauce is bursting with savory and delicious flavor (Alex’s favorite)
  • Miso Sauce: This miso-based sauce is another umami-loaded sauce with a hint of citrus (my favorite)
  • Other options: Change up the vibe and try our Lemon Dill Sauce or even White BBQ Sauce
Salmon bowl

Salmon bowl variations: other veggies or sauces!

There are so many ways to vary this salmon bowl! It’s more of an idea than a recipe, really. But at the same time, it’s helpful to have all the cooking methods in one place in a recipe (right?). Here are some more ideas for varying this salmon bowl:

What would you serve with your salmon bowl? Let us know in the comments below!

This salmon bowl recipe is…

Gluten-free, dairy-free and pescatarian.

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Salmon bowl

Simple Salmon Bowl


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This salmon bowl recipe is the definition of a fast and easy dinner! Throw it all together with a killer sauce and prepare to be amazed.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry rice of any type (or couscous for a quicker meal)
  • 1 recipe Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce
  • 1 pound wild caught salmon fillets, skin on*
  • Olive oil 
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, stem on (about 3 large heads or 6 heaping cups florets)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the rice: Start the rice (go to How to Make Rice or Instant Pot Rice).
  2. Mix the sauce: Make the Tahini Sauce or Miso Sauce (or make in advance and refrigerate). 
  3. Broil the salmon**: Preheat the broiler to high. 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 skin side down. Brush salmon with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (evenly divided among the fillets) and fresh ground pepper. Broil 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until it’s just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). 
  4. Meanwhile, make the broccoli: Chop the broccoli into medium sized florets. In small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup water with the garlic powder, onion powder and mustard powder. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet and heat it on medium high heat. Add broccoli and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and add the water and spices. Cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional salt and black pepper as necessary. Serve immediately.

Notes

*Want to save money and time? Use canned or smoked salmon! For canned, season to taste with olive oil, salt and pepper. For smoked salmon, just flake it into the bowl: it has incredible flavor as is. 

**If you prefer, you can also pan fry the salmon. Go to Pan Seared Salmon or Blackened Salmon.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Salmon bowl, Salmon bowl recipe, Salmon rice bowl

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