Salmon is a safe bet for a delicious dinner, and these salmon recipes are especially good for wowing that special someone.
So, you’ve just volunteered to cook dinner for you and your significant other – maybe for the first time – and now you’re officially (rightfully) freaking out. You want to impress them with your culinary finesse, but you also don’t want to give anyone food poisoning because that’s a big deal.
I’m here to let you know that cooking for a date doesn’t have to be complicated to be impressive and I highly recommend one of these salmon dinners. Not only are they incredibly easy to master, but you’ll look classy serving freshly cooked fish with a glass of white wine. Your date will be so impressed. But seriously, don’t forget the wine.
Salmon and lemon are a classic combination, making for a perfectly elegant date dinner. You’ll definitely get the flavor of salmon, and the lemon and pepper butter delivers the perfect amount of citrus. Because the seasoning is so simple and light, you can really get creative with your side dishes. Add any extra butter you may have after seasoning the fish alongside mashed potatoes, pasta, roasted vegetables (especially asparagus) or use it to make homemade garlic bread. Get our Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Pepper Recipe.
I mean, come on. Even the name of this dish is impressive. If you’ve panicked like me, wondering what coho salmon is, don’t worry! Turns out it’s even cheaper than regular old salmon, so you can make this fancy-sounding dish even if you’re on a tighter budget. What I like about this recipe is that it’s not your typical salmon with lemon and asparagus dish. While sweet potatoes seem like an odd accompaniment to salmon, the cinnamon sauce will really tie all of these flavors together and your date will admire your creativity! Get our Coho Salmon Recipe with Sweet Potato Salad and Cinnamon Sauce.
If you and your SO are drawn to Asian-inspired cuisine, you can very easily incorporate these flavors into your salmon dinner. Turns out, salmon is a great vessel for experimenting with soybeans, rice vinegar, ginger, and other Asian staples. And, the side dishes here are a nice, light addition to any flavor you inject into this salmon. Get the Pan-Roasted Soy Lacquered Salmon Recipe.
Sooo, you know that chili is a aphrodisiac, law? Should I continue? Seasoning and cooking the salmon is a snap and the best part, the lime, onion and cilantro cream places this dish firmly in the “oooh-ahhh” category. Serve over plain white rice with avocado slices or a green vegetable of your choice. Get our Grilled Salmon with Chili and Lime Cream Recipe.
Ugh, I like a good burger. Show your date that you are a little more creative than the typical salmon fillet route. If you like a good sauce, see alternative toppings, but this bright mango salsa pairs really well with the fish and the rich slice of avocado that joins it on the bun. It’s a burger, so serve it with fries; swap sweet potato fries for something a little different. Cut the carbs? Forget the fries and serve the burger and toppings on a salad instead. Get our Recipe Salmon Burgers with Mango Salsa.
No need to wait for the summer stone fruit season to return (it will eventually!), As this light and sweet salmon recipe relies on good quality peach jam instead of fresh peaches. This is perfect for dining on your back porch with a glass of hard iced tea or lemonade, but equally good at your cozy coffee table with a glass of wine. The recommended accompaniments for this dish are super simple: lightly seasoned green beans, broccoli or asparagus. However, I also think corn could go very well with this dish too. Get the Bourbon Peach Glazed Salmon Recipe.
If you’re like me, you can’t go a day without eating one lawyer or eat something spicy. Fortunately, with this delicious salmon taco recipe, you get both! These are really easy to put together, but I recommend making it even more fun for a date night by just dropping in the ingredients and both making your own dinners, Taco Tuesday style. Get the Spicy salmon tacos recipe.
In a similar vein to salmon tacos, our salmon and asparagus kebabs are the easiest things in the world, but they are so much fun and perfect for a night out! The brown sugar, ginger, and soy sauce (among others) that you use to coat the salmon provide a tangy but sweet flavor that you are sure to love. I would recommend simple roasted potatoes on the side. Get our recipe Salmon and asparagus skewers.
Romantic evening meets breakfast for dinner. The basic salmon dinner flavors (lemon, garlic, potatoes, and parsley) all pop into this dish, but the hash makes a fun presentation that’s reminiscent of the breakfast hash you devour at a dinner party. breakfast time (or 3 a.m.). Get our Smoked Salmon Hash with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette Recipe.
A classic salmon and asparagus dinner, all wrapped in a bowl and topped with Parmesan, it doesn’t get any better. Pasta is always easy, but this dish will look even more sophisticated with your cooked salmon and vegetables. As a side dish, I recommend garlic bread – store bought or homemade, but garlic bread seems like a necessity here. And for drinking, I mentioned white wine, right? Get the Creamy Salmon and Asparagus Pasta Recipe.
There’s nothing quite like having a nice crust on a salmon, and feta makes everything fancy, right? Impress your date with this hearty and tasty recipe. Since there are a lot of flavors to glaze salmon, I’ll definitely stick with one of the simpler staples when it comes to a side dish. Sauté potatoes or asparagus with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Oh and wine. Get the Feta and Herb Crusted Salmon Recipe.
If you’re looking for something super fresh (and you can get really good quality salmon), try making poke bowls at home instead of going to the nearest hip place. They’re full of different flavors and textures, and they’re bowl meals, not to mention healthy, especially if you’re using brown rice. Get our Salmon Poke Bowls Recipe.
If you can have breakfast for dinner, then why not have brunch? Silky smoked salmon on a toasted English muffin with a perfect poached egg and a rich hollandaise sauce is absolutely perfect. Serve with hash browns or dinner-style potatoes, or opt for steamed asparagus, which also pairs well with a hollandaise sauce. Get our Recipe Eggs with smoked salmon benedict. (And try our Easy Dutch Recipe in a Blender if you’re nervous about having to whip just right.)
If you need a hands-off salmon recipe (say, if you’re busy making a romantic dessert), this Crock-Pot Salmon recipe is perfect and cooks in just an hour. Serve with aioli and for the sides, boil, steam or cook baby potatoes and lightly cook green beans (both traditionally served as part of a big aioli having dinner). Get our Slow Cooker Poached Salmon Recipe.
And here’s another one-bowl meal that manages to be both comforting and refined at the same time, thanks to the combination of a light but creamy broth, tender pieces of salmon and veg, and a shiny cilantro pesto in environment. If you hate cilantro, just use another herb. Serve with crusty bread to absorb every last drop of Soupe. Get our Recipe for salmon chowder with coriander pesto.