From the freezing shores of Alaska to the Highlands of Scotland, baked, poached, or smoked, salmon is an international delicacy that can be enjoyed in a myriad of ways. In addition to incredible flavor, Salmon is rich in omega-three and other essential fatty oils and acids, making it one of the healthiest fish you can consume. If you’re already a salmon fan looking for ways to add spice and variety to your cooking regimen, or a newbie seeking fresh culinary adventures, this article covers 10 delicious salmon dishes from around the world guaranteed to add a little extra zing to your next meal.
Mediterranean Za’atar Garlic Salmon
This Mediterranean-inspired meal is a simple twist on roast salmon and vegetables made using Za’atar, a Mediterranean spice made of thyme, toasted sesame seeds, and sumac. This seasoning adds a deeply earthy, rich flavor to the fish to give it the Mediterranean flair. You can serve this meal with pan-roasted Mediterranean vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, and baby potatoes. Best of all, you can roast the entire meal all in one pan, making it an easy and versatile midweek dinner.
Lohikeitto (Finnish Salmon Soup)
An unusual dish, but tasty all the same. Perfect for cold wintry nights Lohiketto is a creamy salmon and potato soup, and a staple dish in nordic countries. A simple dish to prepare, the recipe is based around fish stock, wild salmon fillet, and potatoes. Don’t be deceived by this simplicity however, bay leaves, black peppercorns, and allspice, give this dish an extra warmth and spice that is both comforting and satisfying. Optionally, you can garnish with fresh dill before serving for an extra burst of fresh flavor.
Russian Smoked Salmon Blinis
Everyone knows blinis, those tasty little crepes topped with smoked salmon served at weddings that you can never seem to get enough of. If you’re looking to impress at your next dinner party or add a touch of luxury to breakfast, this delicious bite-sized Russian dish is a must. You can easily make the crepes with flour, egg, and milk mixture, lightly fried. Top with wild-caught smoked salmon for a glamourous dish that wows without too much effort on your part.
Classic American Cedar Smoked Salmon
A Pacific Northwest staple, you can make this dish by grilling salmon atop a soaked cedar plank. The subtle, woodsy flavors that infuse into the fish as it cooks have made this dish a favorite and American classic. This particular recipe calls for North African spices and Ras Al Hanout to enhance those earthy tones, and add a smoky-sweet depth to the dish. Given that you are preparing the salmon less traditionally, you may struggle to know exactly when it is finished cooking, however with a good cooking thermometer, and a little knowledge you can quickly see when it’s done by checking the internal temp of the salmon.
Japanese Salmon Nigiri
A staple in sushi, salmon nigiri is one of the best ways to sample the incredible flavor of fresh, wild salmon without overwhelming it with too many spices or seasonings. Simple yet delicious, you can prepare this traditional Japanese dish in under 20 minutes, and serve it as an ornate appetizer, or as part of a full sushi dinner. The main ingredients for this dish are sushi rice which is boiled and shaped like a base, with thinly sliced salmon to the top. To add a little more variety, you can serve it with a range of dipping options such as soy sauce, or spicy wasabi if you’re feeling brave!
Indian Tandoori Salmon
Tandoori chicken is a well-known Indian mainstay, however, the name originates from the range of spices, and ovens used to make the dish. You can mix it up by using salmon to create a twist in a classic that is bursting with flavor and spices and offers the additional health benefits of this superfood. You can easily prepare this dish by marinating salmon in tandoori spices for a few hours, up to the night before cooking. Serve as salmon fillets with rice and naan for an incredible family dinner, or chop up the salmon into small cubes to make a delicious, healthy party appetizer.
French Salmon Nicoise
Another variation of a classic, this recipe swaps out tuna for a slow-roasted salmon to create a delicious salad perfect for light lunches in the summer. Bursting with fresh flavor, you can prepare this dish using olives, lettuce, green beans, eggs, and of course a fresh skinless salmon fillet. The abundance of vegetables makes this dish both delicious, and an amazing way to pack in lots of nutrients into your next meal.