8 Great Salmon Recipes That Will Make You WANT To Eat Healthy

10/24/2013 11:20 am ET | Updated Mar 11, 2015

By Lynn Andriani

Step away from the soy sauce marinade and try these easy dishes, which are just as flavorful and might become your new standbys.

Less Sugar, More Spice
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Salmon pairs so nicely with teriyaki because the sauce's sweetness tames the fish's, well, fishiness. Spiciness can serve a similar function, as it does in this salmon burger made with minced jalapeño pepper and topped with guacamole. You'll still taste the salmon, but it will be balanced by the chili's heat and smoothed out by the avocado and lime.

Get the recipe: Jalapeño Salmon Burgers

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Dinner And A Show
Whether you use foil, parchment paper or paper bags, cooking fish inside a packet is the best way to ensure it won't dry out (and tearing open your own little package adds some drama to a Tuesday night dinner). We love this unusual trick for using the dishwasher to poach salmon and gently infuse it with the flavors of aromatic herbs, although a 400-degree oven works too (it should take about 25 minutes for the salmon to be just cooked through).

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A Cinch To Make, And Tasty To Boot
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How do we love this recipe? Let us count the ways: First, it requires just five ingredients. Second, it uses the broiler, which heats up more quickly than the oven does. Third, the entire meal comes together in 15 minutes. The finished dish is delicious and healthy.

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An Any-Time-of-Day Special
When salmon shows up on the breakfast or brunch table, it's usually smoked -- but this good-for-you recipe bakes in a superhot oven for just 15 minutes, which makes the skin crisp, while keeping the fish moist. Along with bright green kale and poached eggs, this colorful meal works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Toasty Nourishment In Less Than An Hour
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Chowder can take a long time to make, especially if it involves shucking clams. This 45-minute version relies on two magical ingredients -- bacon and leeks -- to deliver deep flavor fast. A red bell pepper, canned corn and cubed Yukon Gold potatoes are the other star players -- that is, in addition to boneless, skinless coho salmon fillets.

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A Twist On The Familiar
Seafood dinners aren't usually considered comfort food, but here's a simple way to change that: Form a savory mixture of salmon, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, bread crumbs and eggs into a loaf, and bake. Topped with wasabi mayonnaise, this light, bright dish is a refreshing update to traditional meatloaf.

Get the recipe: Asian Salmon Meatloaf

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The Sweet Glaze That Seems Like Teriyaki But Isn't
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Classic renditions of the Japanese marinade include soy sauce, either sake or mirin (a kind of cooking wine), and sugar or honey. This update skips the alcohol and uses orange juice instead, plus a spoonful of toasted sesame oil. The result is a slightly tangier sauce that also works well with haddock, halibut or scallops.

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The Any-Occasion Supper
Be warned: This one-pan weeknight supper has ambitions to wow Saturday night dinner guests. Basic ingredients -- mint, peas, carrots and salmon -- not only taste vibrant but also look gorgeous all together.

Earlier on HuffPost:

5-Ingredient Healthy Meals

  • The Better-For-You Pizza
    Matt Armendariz © 2013
    Homemade pizza is delicious, but when you don't have time to make dough, try this creative recipe from The Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan, whose new book is Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook. He uses chickpea flour -- which is higher in protein than wheat-based flour -- to make a crispy-creamy pancake, and tops it with sliced broccoli florets, store-bought baba ghanoush, crumbled feta and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for a Middle East-inspired take on a classic weeknight supper. Get the recipe: Chickpea Pancake with Broccoli and Eggplant Puree
  • The Impressive, Insanely Easy Fish Dinner
    Gabriela Herman
    Cooking delicate flounder fillets in grape leaves may sound elaborate, but it's actually quite simple, says Ben Sargent, author of The Catch: Sea-to-Table Recipes, Stories & Secrets. Just wrap up the fish, along with some chopped tomatoes, garlic and capers, in the leaves (which you can find in Middle Eastern or Greek specialty stores) and throw them on the grill until the outside of the packets start to burn -- about 5 minutes. Inside, the flounder will be tender and infused with the sweet, salty flavor. Get the recipe: Flounder in Grape Leaves
  • A Creamy Soup You Can Slurp Without Guilt
    Ian McSpadden
    Smooth and creamy soups can contain loads of butter and heavy cream. Not this lighter dish from the new book Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please, though: It only has a half-cup of heavy cream -- and no butter at all. And instead of the usual mushrooms or broccoli, it incorporates superfood kale -- a big, 10-ounce bunch of it, which you cook along with thin rings of red onion that are sweetened with a spoonful of brown sugar. Get the recipe: Cream of Kale Soup
  • The Shrimp Dish You Weren't Expecting
    Jennifer May
    A squirt of lemon or lime is pretty common with most grilled shrimp dishes, but chef Michael Symon puts a new spin on citrusy shellfish with this recipe from his new book Michael Symon's 5 in 5. He makes a salad with grapefruit segments, avocado, red onion, parsley and olive oil, and spoons it over charred shrimp. The grapefruit adds a uniquely sweet element to this meal that just might become your new favorite. Get the recipe: Grilled Shrimp and Grapefruit Salad
  • The Grilled Chicken You Can Make On Autopilot
    Elana Amsterdam
    Some marinade recipes have a superlong ingredients list, but this one relies on just a few items -- including lime juice and chili powder -- to deliver super flavor, and you can feel good about every one of them. Get the recipe: Mustard-Lime Chicken Next: Secret substitutions to make the foods you love even better
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