Salmon



Salmon is one of the most popular fish and it’s easy to see why. It’s delicious baked, broiled, grilled, poached or served raw, and its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D mean it’s healthy to boot. If you’re looking to break away from your same old salmon recipes, check out the Food & Wine guide to salmon. We make salmon sandwiches and burgers, fry it with hash, jar it, glaze it, cure it and more. The guide will also teach you which wines to pair with salmon and how to perfectly poach your fish—plus recipes for using your leftovers (if there are any). There are also grilled salmon recipes, delicious salmon pastas and more.

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This Glazed Salmon Supper Is Just Right for Winter Nights

Chef Erick Williams’ brown-sugar salmon showcases his personal take on Southern American cuisine.

Brown Sugar–Glazed Salmon with Buttery Roasted Squash

Chef Erick Williams recommends thick cuts of salmon for this recipe; they cook quickly while remaining juicy and tender and are well balanced by the sweet, gingery glaze. If delicata or acorn squash aren’t available, substitute 6 cups peeled and diced butternut squash.

Coulibiac of Salmon with Pickled Beets and Kale

Once the centerpiece on the tables of czars, coulibiac has a storied past. The pastry-wrapped parcel of fish and various layered fillings started its life as kulebyaka, a Russian delicacy, before being commandeered by the French and rechristened coulibiac. This modern update on the classic swaps labor-intensive brioche with store-bought phyllo, which bakes into an ethereally crisp parcel that encases lemony rice, mustard-brushed salmon, pickled beets, and garlicky kale. Each slice reveals clean, vibrant layers, packed with bold flavors. It’s a striking and delicious dish worthy of the center of any holiday table. Curly kale holds its green color beautifully even after cooking, but any hearty green, like lacinato kale or collards, will work here. Use whole-grain mustard, which adds a bit of acid and heat to the salmon, as well as a nice textural contrast from the crunchy mustard seeds. King salmon is best for this recipe; its high fat content delivers superior texture and flavor.

Salmon Tartare with Pistachios and Lemon

Spoon salmon is the meat that’s scraped from the carcass of a freshly butchered fish. It would normally go to waste, but its rich flavor and silky texture make it perfect for this lemony, pistachio-studded tartare.

Quick-Cured Salmon Steaks with Grilled Tomatoes and Tzatziki

Salmon steaks are essentially two fillets attached by the spine of the fish. Less expensive, and easier to grill than a fillet, these steaks are quickly cured in a brown sugar-based dry cure that’s also wonderful on fillets.Note: Salmon fillets can be used in place of salmon steaks for this recipe.

More Salmon

Soy-Ginger Salmon Collars

The collar of salmon—as well as well as other rich fish—is full of flavorful meat that’s hidden among the bones and fins. When broiled, it stays succulent and stands up well to bold flavors like the soy-based sauce here. Cut from the head end of the fish, just behind the gills, they are rarely sold at fish counters since they are often taken home by the fishmonger who knows they’re delicious.Note: Salmon fillets can be used in place of salmon collars for this recipe.

Slow-Roasted Salmon Tails with Herb-And-Mustard Seed Salad

The narrow tails are often overlooked at the fish counter because they are quite thin, which makes cooking them a bit tricky. Here, the tails remain intact, which results in evenly cooked meat that stays juicy because it’s cooked on the bone. Plus, the fin gets delightfully crispy.Note: Salmon fillets can also be used in place of salmon tails for this recipe.

Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon with Oranges, Olives, and Herbs

As the workday fades and I begin to build dinner in my mind, I’ve come to realize that my most creative and delicious weeknight dishes are born from what’s on hand waiting to be used. My dinner plan begins with one ingredient and expands from there as I consider what’s lingering in my cupboards and crisper.As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, it’s my self-imposed duty to eat the local wild salmon on a regular basis. Over many years of cooking the jewel-toned fish, my go-to method has become a low-heat roasting technique, which yields a delicate, buttery texture throughout. You’ll want to be sure to adjust the cooking time according to the thickness of your fillet. While a sizable Chinook, or king, salmon can be quite thick, sockeye salmon are relatively smaller fish with thinner fillets. I prefer them for their stunning carmine color and moderate fat content.This rich fish deserves a bright foil, and the blood oranges and mandarins that fill my fruit bowl right now are the perfect pick. Shingled slices underneath the salmon impart flavor during roasting; carefully cut supremes come together with the remains of a bunch of parsley to create a tart and bright salad for topping the finished dish. I like to lean on one or two robust pantry staples to build flavor; in this case, a bottle of pomegranate molasses and a nearly-forgotten tub of Castelvetrano olives. Tart and just barely sweet, the pomegranate molasses cuts through the richness of the fish while creating a gorgeous, shimmering glaze; the olives balance the bright flavors of the salad with their soft salinity and luxe butteriness.One good pairing for wild salmon is Oregon Pinot Noir, but here, a dry or slightly off-dry Oregon Riesling is perfect. Replete with zingy acidity, it perfectly counterbalances the richness of the fatty, flavorsome fish and stands up to the bright salad and tart, fruity glaze.