Pressed for time, but hungry for a quick and nutritious meal? Salmon is one of the easiest proteins to prepare. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make delicious –– or really, make it at all.
Pop it on the grill, in the oven, or on a skillet. Less than 15 minutes later, you’ll be diving into a chef-approved meal –– especially if you follow one of our recipes.
You’re probably familiar with grilling or baking salmon, but what about broiling or poaching? Read on for five creative ways to prepare salmon.
20 Minute Salmon Recipes
Pan-fried or grilled
If you’ve eaten salmon, it’s likely the fish was prepared on a grill (or skillet). Don’t worry if you don’t have a barbecue at home to pop a fillet of salmon on –– you can easily recreate the same smoky flavor by pan-frying your fish. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, a dash of olive oil, and heat your skillet to medium-high. Let the fillet sizzle for five to 10 minutes, depending on the desired doneness. Don’t forget to flip it halfway through.
Baked or roasted
This may be one of the easiest, least labor-intensive ways to prepare salmon. This is a great way to cook fish if you’re preparing a meal for a large party, as all it requires is seasoning the fillets and throwing them in the oven for less than 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven.
Never broiled your salmon before? You’re going to love this: It’s one of the fastest ways to cook salmon –– so fast, you won’t even have time to leave the kitchen to check your phone. Place the salmon on a sheet pan, turn the oven to broil, and place the pan on the highest rack. Less than three minutes later, your fish will be ready to eat.
Looking for a fat-free way to prepare salmon? Even though grilling, roasting, and broiling are healthy ways to prep your salmon, poaching takes it up a notch. Simmer salmon in water (no oil needed!) and make sure the water (or chicken stock or white wine) is completely covering the fillet. Cover the pan and let the salmon cook gently for about 20 minutes.
Parchment or foiled
When baking or roasting salmon, consider wrapping the fish in parchment paper or foil to create a steam-like effect. This helps moisten the salmon, creating a flavorful and juicy result. Make sure to add a few seasonings and flavors inside the wrapping, including lemon, parsley, or onion. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 400-degree oven.