Salmon in a Snap

Blackened Salmon SandwichBlackened Salmon SandwichIn the spring, when stunning fillets of deep red-orange wild salmon begin to appear in fish markets, I get inspired. I'll buy a fillet and make a quick and healthy salmon recipe for dinner that night.

Salmon is a very forgiving fish to cook- it's pretty fatty as far as fish goes, so even if you overcook it a bit, chances are good that it'll still be moist and tender.

If the ease of cooking salmon isn't enough of a reason to eat it regularly, consider the health benefits. No common fish delivers more of the omega-3 fatty acids that help keep arteries clear and hearts strong than salmon. The past decade has shown that these fatty acids may also strengthen the immune system and eyesight, and even improve mental functioning.

My go-to EatingWell salmon recipes to cook at home are:

And if those don't make you hungry, one of these 27 heart-healthy salmon recipes will.

By Carolyn Malcoun

When associate editor Carolyn Malcoun came to Vermont to attend New England Culinary Institute, she knew she didn't want to work in a restaurant but knew that she wanted to do something in the food industry. Luckily she discovered EatingWell, where she's able to combine her love of food and writing.

Related Links:

Farmed or wild? The salmon debate demystified
Learn How to Skin Salmon Fillets
Can Omega-3s Help Treat ADHD?
Get a Free Trial Issue of EatingWell!