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12 Reasons to Make Salmon Your Supper Superstar

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A few years back, community member Ashley Couse uploaded a salmon recipe to Food52. The preparation was simple—just roast the salmon and place it over a bed of roasted kale and sweet potatoes, laced with coconut oil and drizzled with sriracha. Couse, who administers an online wellness resource for new moms, adapted the recipe from one of Heidi Swanson’s and calls the recipe “one of [her] favorite meals to serve.”

Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice
Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice

What Couse probably didn’t expect was that thousands—thousands!—of other visitors to our site would find her recipe equally appealing. Since its upload, Couse’s recipe for Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice has garnered over 2,000 favorites and drummed up over 100 comments, making it one of our site’s most popular recipes.

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Couse’s recipe is, by all means, delicious, but there are, forgive us, other fish in the sea. We’ve got a whole slew of approaches and no shortage of new, inventive ways to treat that ruby red fish. For starters, take Sally Schneider’s Genius approach to slow-roasted salmon, and never worry about an over—or under—cooked fillet again.

How to Never Overcook Salmon (or Other Fishes) Again
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How to Never Overcook Salmon (or Other Fishes) Again

Rub-a-Dub-Dub

Why not try your hand at a glaze or crust? These options bring an extra layer of oomph to your fish, which, though great on its own, will take well to a wide array of other flavors. Sprinkle or slather, then pop into the oven.

Maple-Cardamom Glazed Salmon

Maple-Cardamom Glazed Salmon by alasully

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon

A Spicy Perspective's Garlic Lime Oven-Baked Salmon by Genius Recipes

Sesame Encrusted Salmon with Pinot Noir Reduction
Sesame Encrusted Salmon with Pinot Noir Reduction

Cure-All

Try something new: Cure your fish! Once you’ve cured and flavored your salmon, serve the brunch staple atop toasts (or bagels!) with creamy spreads and punchy vegetables.

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Beet-Cured Salmon
Beet-Cured Salmon
Lapsang Souchong Cured King Salmon with Ginger Lime Cream Cheese

Lapsang Souchong Cured King Salmon with Ginger Lime Cream... by QueenSashy

Whisky-Cured Salmon

Whisky-Cured Salmon by Valerie Aikman-Smith

Do the Mash

Shred and pull, mash and reshape! Take your cooked salmon and reshape it into patties or stuff it into dumplings. These may not look like salmon as you know it, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth a try.

Salmon Moqueca

Salmon Moqueca by WinnieAb

Baked Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Dumplings in Gyoza Skin

Baked Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Dumplings in Gyoza Skin by JIN

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Mayo

Sweet Potato Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Mayo by CheapBeets

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli by Kitchen Sink Diaries

How do you salmon? Keep it conservative or twist it up? Let us know how you do in the comments below.


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