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3 Ways to Cook Salmon for Dinner [Video]

Perfectly cooked seafood, and salmon in particular, can seem elusive to many of us. What cut of fish should I buy? How do I prepare it? What do I do with the fish skin? It’s enough to make us avoid fish entirely. But our Test Kitchen expert, Tim Hagedorn, is here to help. He gives us his best tips and tricks to make salmon dinners feel effortless. By pan-searing, oven-roasting, or air-frying salmon, Tim shows just how quick, simple, and delicious salmon can be on a busy weeknight.

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Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise Sauce

This simple version made in our cooking blender is a rich, creamy accent to a fish dinner. Tim adds dill and chives to this delicious base recipe.

Baked Pesto Salmon

A sheet pan lets you cook your salmon fillets and side veggies all at once. Use the leftover pesto from your pasta dinner earlier in the week with a little lemon juice to add a ton of flavor. It’s a no-fuss, hands-off weeknight meal.

Tim's Food Tips

  • Dry brine your salmon before skillet cooking. Sprinkle four parts salt to one part sugar on the fillets and let them sit in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then gently rinse off the salt and sugar in a bowl of ice water.
  • In the skillet, cook the fillets skin side down until they’re 80–90% of the way done.
  • For oven-roasted salmon, use an oven thermometer and cook until salmon reaches 140° for medium-well fillets.

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