Packed with omega-3s, protein and — most importantly — flavour, salmon is one of our favourite fish here at Easy Food. Its richness means it can stand up to a variety of other big flavours, and we have no doubt you’ll find some new favourites below.
Breakfast and brunch
Whether you’re throwing together a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs or going all out with a fancy brunch, smoked salmon adds a touch of luxury to any morning meal. Feel virtuous with this healthy frittata or welcome the weekend by treating yourself and your loved ones to this beautiful eggs Benedict with brioche and smoked salmon.
The salmon and cream cheese bagel is a New York staple that has made its way around the globe, and for good reason: it’s so simple, but so satisfying! For a lighter option, check out these salmon and yoghurt wraps, a delicious lunch or light summer supper.
Looking for something more portable? These spicy sweet potato salmon cakes are ideal for lunchboxes — simply leave out the chillies if you’re making them for the kids. And, if you’re planning a picnic, you could do a lot worse than pack a jar of salmon rillettes and a fresh crusty baguette.
When it comes to speedy dinners on busy evenings, quick-cooking salmon is a great option. These salmon and leek parcels are perfect for a summer evening — with minimum washing up, too — while these salmon and vegetable flatbreads make a quick, colourful supper.
Pasta is a standby in many homes when time pressure is involved, and these salmon dishes are no exception. Try a creamy salmon and caper linguine, a hearty orzo option or this gorgeously green smoked salmon spaghetti with homemade dill and pea pesto. For an option even the kids can enjoy, turn to this easy salmon and leek pesto pasta.
For the kids
Speaking of kids, salmon makes a great healthy option for growing bodies and brains, too — you just need to add kid-friendly elements, such as the crunch in these Parmesan fish fingers or the touch of sweetness in this sweet chilli glaze.
Take me to flavour town!
Ready to ramp up the flavour? Here’s where we get creative. Salmon works equally well with Indian spices like garam masala — paired with a cooling raita — as it does with a sticky teriyaki glaze, served over noodles or rice. When the weather is treating you well, pair your salmon with a warm tomato shallot salsa, or try these stunning salmon tikka skewers with a fresh mango cucumber salad; they’re simple to make, but sure to impress at any al fresco gathering.
When you’re in need of a heartier comfort food option, check out this stout-glazed salmon with garlic and chive mash; we love it so much we put it on our cover a few years ago, and we’ve made it many times since.
Salmon is just as suitable for a dinner party as it is for a family meal. If you have a proper crowd coming over (y’know, if this pandemic ever actually ends!), this salmon en croute or this beautiful side of salmon with dill horseradish sauce are ideal.
For starters or buffets, this smoked salmon “tartare” is a moreish nibble; made with smoked salmon, not raw, it simply borrows the fresh flavours of a classic tartare. And as a sit-down dinner for seafood lovers, you can’t go wrong with this luxuriously creamy mussel sauce.
For more inspiration for everyday dinners and special occasions, keep an eye out for Easy Food in your local supermarket or newsagent. Don’t forget to tag us @easyfoodmag with your culinary creations — we love to see what you’re up to in the kitchen.