Salmon is a unique fish, no doubt about it. But sometimes home chefs cook the same salmon recipe over and over. Because salmon is such a versatile fish, you really don’t have to feel intimidated by it. This type of fish offers a lot of room for creativity in the kitchen. There are literally endless flavor combinations and many home cooking methods to work with! And what makes this so great is that each salmon preparation gives the fish its own distinct way of showing off its tastiness! It’s amazing to have so many possibilities with the same lean protein!
The most popular ways to cook salmon include methods such as baking, grilling, smoking, pan-frying, broiling, and roasting. But there are several other ways to cook salmon that are also just as great. Some of these ways are so different, they actually make you want to eat more salmon since you can get tired of preparing the same meals all the time.
So today’s post is all about unique ways to cook salmon. We are sharing a roundup of our favorite unique home cooking methods so you can come back to them any time. These are some of our personal favorite salmon recipes too. We’re confident you’ll be inspired and ready to try these recipes right away! Let’s get cooking!
Unique Ways To Cook Salmon
Salmon en Papillote:
I know the name sounds fancy in the language of love. But this is really a simple baked salmon in parchment recipe! The secret is cooking the fish inside parchment while resting over a sheet pan. This ensures the salmon is perfectly cooked through and maintains the flavors at their best. And the parchment pouch steams the fish for a healthier version of oven-roasted salmon since you won’t be using any oils or butter. You can make this classy salmon recipe in under 30 minutes!
The ingredients are super simple! You’ll need, of course, a salmon fillet and parchment paper. Then, you could add any veggies and spices of your choice. One of our favorite combinations includes asparagus, onions, garlic, and shallots with lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Such a tasty classic!
Honey-soy salmon kabobs:
Do you love grilled salmon but are a bit bored with cooking it the same way over and over again? Well, we’ve got you covered. Fire up the grill and get ready to make these delicious salmon kabobs with honey and soy sauce. It’s a little dish, but packed with a delicious tanginess. Plus, they only take 15 minutes to make! And if you are considering this recipe, check out the best side dishes for grilled salmon. These great ideas will add variety to your plate and keep your belly full.
For this recipe, you’ll just want to make sure you have skewers. And since you will need to make a marinade for this recipe all you’ll need is equal parts honey, soy sauce and mirin or rice vinegar. Then, leave the fish to marinate for a quick 5 to 10 minutes. You can also add your favorite sliced vegetables to these kabobs. Or just leave the salmon to shine on its own, up to you!
Salmon cake with white wine sauce:
Salmon patties are such an easy way to introduce salmon to the little ones. And it’s better if they have a delicious golden crust! You can make these salmon cakes with or without the white sauce, depending on who you’ll be making them for. It’s a no-fuss alternative to pan-fried salmon that you can cook in just 30 minutes!
Ingredients include a salmon fillet, a little butter, onions, dill, parsley, panko bread or regular breadcrumbs, one egg, lemon zest, salt and pepper, olive oil, and more. The white wine sauce is a bit more fancy but still easy to prepare! The ingredients for it are butter, onion, parsley, heavy cream, white wine, dill, and salt and pepper. Once the salmon cakes are done, you just have to plate them and dip them in this indulgent sauce!
Ceviche is one of the most unique ways to cook salmon. This is a traditional Peruvian seafood dish prepared with fresh raw fish cured with lemon or lime. The salmon meat is sliced into thin cubes and marinated with a citrus mix. It’s not the same as eating raw fish, as the citrus cures and cooks the salmon. Even though it takes longer to prepare, this meal is well worth its hour-long cooking time. It’s fresh, healthy, and perfect for summer!
What will you need to make this outstanding dish? Fresh raw salmon (without the skin side), lime juice, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, pickled jalapeno, serrano chili, kosher salt, dried oregano, and tostada shells (optional). Once the marinade is ready, be sure to let the salmon cure for at least an hour. It’s worth the wait, promised!
Smoked salmon BLT:
Smoked salmon is delicious, granted. But sometimes we might be tempted to just eat it with a tasty side and call it a day. This high-quality and delicious ingredient deserves more preparation! There are many flavorful smoked salmon recipes and this BLT sandwich is one of them. You can make it in less than 15 minutes and take it on the go. It’s the perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
The ingredients are just as easy as the preparation for this meal. All you need is some bread of your choice, smoked salmon, bacon, and the rest of your preferred foods, and seasonings! Then, toasting the bread and layering the rest of the ingredients is all left to do. Easy, peasy! We love this recipe because it goes beyond the traditional BLT. It’s uniquely made on an english-muffin, and has the classic lettuce and tomato with the addition of avocado and everything but the bagel seasoning.
Salmon Shioyaki is one of those salmon recipes that take a little longer to prepare but is definitely worth it. Shioyaki is the Japanese way to prepare salt-grilled salmon. The simple home cooking process makes it a fan-favorite and, trust me, this meal does not disappoint. It’s unique, crispy, and great for meal-prepping!
You will see just how easy this recipe actually is once you’ve read the ingredients. It’s as simple as a good salmon fillet, 5% of the salmon’s weight in salt, rice wine or sake, and lemon wedges. Once the fillet is salted, you want to leave it to rest overnight for the best results. Then just air fry or grill the next day and enjoy!
Broiled salmon is a classic, sure. But what about Tandoori broiled salmon? Now that’s a game-changer! Tandoori is a cooking method that originated in Persia, which uses a clay oven to cook the meat. Even though you will likely have to skip the clay oven, the traditional Tandoori marinade and your broiler will do the trick! This unique dish will make you shine at any dinner party.
The ingredients are simple yet distinctive. You will need Tandoori seasonings to create your marinade. These are garam masala, red chili powder, ground turmeric, oil, lemon juice, ginger paste, garlic paste, oil, and salt. Then, you will need a boneless and skinless salmon fillet. Make sure to pat dry the salmon before letting it marinate for 20 minutes. Broil for 8-10 minutes and call it a day!
What is your favorite unique way to cook salmon?
Those were our favorite unique ways to cook salmon at home! All of these dishes have a very distinct flavor profile and are actually super easy to make. You will surprise your friends and family with any of these spectacular salmon recipes! Be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more salmon home cooking inspiration. You can also head over to our Instagram and Pinterest for more creative salmon meal ideas. Good luck preparing these unique dishes!