By Carl Hanson

Salmon has it all -- it's simple to prepare, delicious, and healthy. It's also versatile: Bake, broil, or grill it; smoke, poach, or add it to stews; form it into fish cakes or burgers; add it to salads. Here are some of our favorites! These top-rated salmon recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less.

1. Lemon-Pepper Salmon

"Simple, tasty and fast! Salmon is sauteed with all ingredients at once, and served over couscous," says AMAGICITY. "Great with a spinach salad."

Photo by Chef'd

2. Spicy Salmon Salad Sandwiches

Canned salmon combines with capers and cucumber salad, and gets a spicy kick from sriracha hot sauce and red chile paste. "You do get a little kick of heat," says lutzflcat. "But it by no means overwhelms. This was a nice break from traditional tuna salad." It's ready in 15 minutes.

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Blackened Salmon Fillets

This Cajun-inspired blackening blend packs a punch of flavor, featuring paprika, cayenne pepper, black and white pepper, onion powder, thyme, basil, and oregano. "I mix up a full batch of the seasonings and store it in an airtight container in my pantry," says NOFZIGER.

4. Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Smoked salmon combines with green peas, mushrooms, and a creamy pasta sauce. "This is a lighter version of pasta carbonara," says DEBNJAMES. "For people who want the flavor but not the bacon, smoked salmon is the perfect substitute."

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5. Tomato Basil Salmon

Dried basil, sliced tomato, olive oil, and grated Parmesan cheese pair with salmon fillets. "This quick salmon dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner," says CHEDDAR97005. "Serve with a side of sauteed spinach and a glass of pinot noir."

Photo by CookinBug

6. Fresh Salmon Burgers with Lemon-Yogurt Sauce

A lemony yogurt dressing adds zesty zing to these easy salmon burgers. Enjoy on toasted biroche buns topped with fresh arugula. "These are a little like crab cakes," says RuthE. "But they're made with fresh salmon and grilled."

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7. Grilled Salmon Steaks with Savory Blueberry Sauce

A balsamic vinegar and blueberry sauce is the perfect counterpoint to grilled salmon. "This sauce is amazing," says Carolyn. "Absolute gourmet restaurant quality! I think it would be great over pork or chicken, too."

Grilled Salmon and Blueberry Sauce | Photo by Meredith

8. Salmon Avocado Salad

Flaked canned salmon combines with creamy avocado, crunchy cucumbers, and capers. "The perfect light salad for lunch," says bd.weld. "I agree with the submitter that celery would work well as an addition."

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9. Chef John's Salmon

For this recipe, you'll make a quick paste from garlic, salt, and fresh herbs. You'll stir in Dijon and mayo, cayenne, and a splash of lemon juice. Spread the paste over the salmon and broil. Dinner's ready in 25 minutes. "I love the combination of tarragon and Italian parsley," says Chef John. "But I've used herbs like basil and thyme, which worked wonderfully as well."

10. Pistachio-Crusted Salmon

A quick pistachio crust makes ordinary salmon extra special. "You can have it on the table in under 30 minutes for a quick weeknight meal or a dinner party for guests," says France C. "Serve with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc."

Photo by France C.

11. Pan-Fried Salmon in Curry Cream Sauce

Salmon fillets are cooked in a cream sauce seasoned with mild curry powder, ginger, and lemon juice. "This is a very easy and yummy salmon recipe for 2," says heidi_k. "I usually serve it with basmati rice and salad. Perfect for during the week."

Photo by France C.

12. Fast Salmon with a Ginger Glaze

Ready in 25 minutes. "This glaze is really wonderful on salmon, but equally delicious on swordfish, halibut, tuna, or any other firm, full-flavored fish," says Chef John.

Photo by KGora

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