People get intimidated when they think about cooking fish. It's super delicate, its very easy to overcook or undercook, and it runs the risk of making your whole kitchen smell for days. This is to say nothing of the fact that you might not get the fish you think you're buying because of rampant mislabeling.

Fear not, fish fans. Some seafood is hard to screw up, and one of our favorite kinds of fish falls into that category: salmon. Salmon is one of the most forgiving fish out there. In fact, it's almost idiot-proof.

Its oily flesh and skin keep it moist, and its meaty texture will satisfy even the most carnivorous dinner guest. Salmon gets extra bonus points for being filled with omega-3 fatty acids, which soothe inflammation and are good for cardiovascular health. Do you hear what we're saying, everyone? Eating this delicious thing is actually good for you!

One other note: don’t be afraid of the skin. Crisp salmon skin is one of the singular delights of this world. It is like a potato chip from the sea. Eat it. It’s good for you. Just make sure there aren’t any scales on it.

Still not sure? Allow us to convince you with our 20 easy ways to cook salmon:


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