7 Fast & Easy Salmon Recipes Perfect for a Weeknight

grilled Salmon on a bed of spinach salad
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Outside of popping open a can of Spam and calling it dinner, salmon is the simplest protein to prepare. So once you've figured out the basics, like how to buy, store, and prep the fish, dig into these recipes for a healthy weeknight meal with a little flair. 

Salmon with dill sauce
<a href="http://www.foodiecrush.com/grilled-salmon-fillet-with-cucumber-dill-sauce/" target="_blank">Courtesy of FoodieCrush</a>

Salmon and dill are basically made for each other, and the cool sour cream will balance the rich fish. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Wild salmon
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill
Salmon teriyaki
<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2015/06/01/teriyaki-salmon-and-broccoli-bowls/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Damn Delicious</a>

Forego takeout and make salmon teriyaki at home. It'll save you time and money. Lots of it. Learn how here.

Key ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
Garlic honey salmon
<a href="http://www.recipetineats.com/honey-garlic-salmon-5-ingredients-15-minutes/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Recipe Tin Eats</a>

Five ingredients and 15 minutes is all it takes to get this beauty on the table. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Salmon filets
Caramelized salmon
<a href="http://pinchofyum.com/caramelized-salmon" target="_blank">Courtesy of Pinch of Yum</a>

Had you at "caramelized" right? Let’s cut to the chase, the recipe’s here.

Key ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Salmon filets
  • Olive oil
Pecan crusted salmon
<a href="http://damndelicious.net/2015/05/04/pecan-crusted-salmon-with-lemon-glaze/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Damn Delicious</a>

Nuts add crunch and also lock in that moisture. Oh, and there's a lemon glaze, too! Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Honey
  • Pecans
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Lemon
Salmon burger
<a href="http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/hawaiian-bbq-salmon-burgers-with-coconut-caramelized-pineapple/" target="_blank">Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest</a>

This hefty burger has coconut-caramelized pineapple and Hawaiian barbecue sauce. Aloha, beautiful. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Pineapple
  • Swiss cheese
  • Barbecue sauce
  • King Hawaiian hamburger buns
Salmon skewers
<a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2016/01/30-minute-sweet-thai-chili-salmon-skewers/" target="_blank">Courtesy of How Sweet Eats</a>

A Thai chili glaze gives these kabobs a sweet-and-spicy kick. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Sesame seeds

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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's Recipes editor. Follow her at @perrysant.