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Easy and Delicious Crab Cake Recipes

Easy and Delicious Crab Cake Recipes

A Short History of the Crab Cake

 

First called crab patties or crab croquettes in the 19th century, crab cakes were another take on minced meat patties. Thanks to a plentiful supply, some North American pubs actually gave fresh crab away to patrons, prior to the Second World War. The crab cake was created out of necessity as a cheap hearty meal. Original recipes called for a mixture of bread crumbs or cornmeal, seasonings, eggs, and crab meat.

No longer a budget selection, unless you catch your own, crab is a premium menu choice, and crab cakes are commonly served in high end seafood restaurants. However, making your own crab cakes is surprisingly simple.

 

Basic Crab Cakes- A Simple and Adaptable Dish

The beauty of crab cakes is that the base recipe for this popular dish remains pretty much the same as all those years ago, making it a fun dish to experiment with.

You can just as easily create a rich, indulgent cake or a lighter dish, depending on what toppings you choose. Tartar sauce or a bearnaise sauce creates a rich, indulgent meal, while crab cakes topped with freshly chopped fruit salsa or microgreens makes a much lighter dish.

Crab cakes are also great any time of day. Have you ever tried Eggs Benedict atop a crisp, succulent crab cake? Replace the english muffin with a crispy, tender cake of fresh Dungeness or Red Rock crab, and you’ve just taken two classic dishes to a whole new level.

While crab cakes are best without too many fillers, they do well with small scallops, shrimp or even minced fish, if you’re a little short on fresh crab.

We scoured the web for a tried and true crab cakes recipe, so you can make them anytime, anywhere – no pub or restaurant required. Try making the easy recipe below, and play around with a variety of seasonings, sauces, sides, and toppings.

 

Best Crab Cake Recipe

Classic Crab CakesBest Crab Cakes Recipe

Serve these with aioli, fresh greens, fruit salsa, tartar sauce, and more.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley, or tarragon
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 440 g fresh crab meat, chopped
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 F

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk 1/3 cup of mayonnaise with egg, parsley, Dijon and Tabasco.
  • Gently stir in crab just until combined. Scoop out 1 heaping tbsp crab mixture, roll in panko, and form into 1-in.-thick cake. Repeat with rest of mixture.
  • Place cakes on baking sheet 1/2 in. apart. Lightly spray or brush tops with oil.
  • Bake in centre of preheated oven for 10 to 12 min. Turn cakes over and continue baking until light golden, about 5 more min.
  • Let stand on baking sheet for 5 min before removing to a large platter.
  • To make the aioli, whisk together the remaining mayonnaise, lemon juice, and smoked paprika. Serve with lemon wedges alongside the crab cakes.

Get the full crab cake recipe from Chatelaine Magazine

 

Crab Cakes: Pairings and Toppings

Try pairing crab cakes with a white wine, like a pinot gris, the “white wine king of British Columbia.” This helpful guide from BC Wine Trends will help narrow down your selections if you’re looking for a new favourite. There’s also an excellent white sangria recipe which would bring a fresh tropical vibe to crab cakes topped with fruit salsa.

 

Tropical Salsa Recipe
IngredientsTropical Salsa on top of Crab Cakes

  • 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) finely diced papaya
  • 1⁄3 cup (75 mL) finely diced ripe star fruit
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) seeded and diced jalapeño pepper
  • 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) grated lime rind
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and spoon over top

Get the full recipe from LCBO.com

 

Tartar Sauce Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 6 drops Tabasco sauce, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and you’re done!
  • For best flavour, chill before serving.

Get the full recipe from Simply Taste

 

Tips for the Best Ever Crab Cakes

  • Pan fry for a crispy outer crust. Melt 1tbsp of butter or oil on medium heat, and add cakes just when the butter sizzles. Cook until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add a sprinkle of mustard powder. Rather than adding heat, this brings out the flavour of the crab even more.
  • Chill in the fridge for about an hour to let the crab cakes set.
  • Crab Cakes can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just shape the patties, freeze on a lined baking tray, and transfer frozen cakes to a freezer bag or container.

Still have leftover crab? Lucky you! Take a look at some other great fresh crab recipes.

 

Before you go crabbing or fishing, be sure to check the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for any updated information on closures, or restrictions. To learn more about what BC’s coastal waters have to offer, take a look at our guide on BC shellfish.

 

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8 Great One-Dish Dinners

8 Great One-Dish Dinners

Simplify Your Dinners on the Yacht with These One-Dish Meal Ideas

Food is such an important part of any type of boat trip and depending on how long you’ll be out at sea, this typically means some type of meal preparation and on-board cooking is involved. Although many of today’s modern luxury vessels come equipped with galleys that often rival home kitchens, cooking onboard your yacht or boat can come with a unique set of challenges, mainly:

  • having to be selective about the cookware you bring with you
  • avoiding cooking with heat or sharp objects when the boat is at full cruising speed
  • possibly not having an oven or microwave on board
  • having a smaller sized sink to clean up large pots and pans

For this reason, many boaters appreciate having a list of crowd-pleasing one-dish recipes they can turn to during boating season, whether they will be out on the water for hours, days, or months at a time.

The beauty of the suggested recipes below is that they only require 1 skillet, pot, or frypan, and your galley’s stovetop – there is no oven or multiple saucepans required. This not only keeps preparing the meal a cinch but keeps clean up easy as well.

Note: If your yacht’s pantry is not yet stocked with the basics, check out our guide to the best foods to bring on extended boating trips.

Easy One Pot Lasagna

Enjoy lasagna at sea without an oven with this tasty Easy One Pot Lasagna recipe. The noodles cook right in the pot. Even better, there is no layering required. It comes out tasting just like the popular oven baked version.

You’ll Need:

Best One Dish Meals - Lasagna

  • Olive oil
  • Italian sausages
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Dried oregano and basil
  • Garlic
  • Farfalle pasta
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Ricotta
  • Salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from Damn Delicious

Chicken Stroganoff

A nice spin on the rich and hearty classic, beef stroganoff, this chicken version can be whipped up in 30 minutes, with the egg noodles tossed right in the same pot as everything else. It’s so easy and tasty – your biggest challenge is going to be putting aside enough white wine for the sauce!

You’ll Need:

Best One Dish Meals - Chicken Stroganoff skillet

  • Chicken stock
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breasts
  • Mushrooms
  • Yellow onion
  • Paprika, thyme, oregano, red pepper flakes
  • Garlic
  • Dry white wine
  • Egg noodles
  • Sour cream
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe from The Chunky Chef.

 

Moroccan Lentils & Quinoa

Take a break from rice and meat proteins and give this meat-less, flavourful dish a try. It’s still packed full of protein and super filling and satisfying, which is a perfect way to conclude a day of boating activities.

You’ll Need:

  • OnionBest One Dish Meals - one pot moroccan lentils quinoa
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Red bell pepper
  • Garlic, Ginger
  • Cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, Turmeric
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Brown and red lentils
  • Red quinoa or variety of choice
  • Vegetable or chicken stock
  • Fresh spinach
  • Coconut milk

Get the full recipe from Simply Quinoa.

Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

For a low-carb, healthy dinner, turn to balsamic chicken and veggies. This recipe calls for tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus, but feel free to substitute whatever veggies you have on hand at the time. The addition of the salad dressing is a handy shortcut way of cooking if you don’t have individual spice jars for a variety of popular spices. It also takes care of the oil requirement typical of most one-pot stovetop dishes. Brilliant!

Best One Dish Meals - one pan balsamic chicken and veggies

You’ll Need:

  • Chicken
  • Italian salad dressing
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Asparagus
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes

Get the full recipe from Cooking Classy

Corn and Ham Risotto

Risotto is so hard to resist and such a great go-to ingredient for a one-dish meal. It’s a versatile staple to which you can add almost anything and have it become a full balanced meal. Break away from your typical chicken and mushroom risotto add-ons and give corn and ham a try instead. The leftovers would also make a good breakfast!

Best One Dish Meals - Corn and Ham Risotto

You’ll Need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Arborio rice
  • Dry white wine
  • Chicken Stock
  • Fresh, frozen or canned corn kernels
  • Shredded smoked ham
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chives
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe from Country Living

Beef Stir Fry

We love this simple, no-fuss beef stir fry recipe from Moms Dish. With very few ingredients required, you might find that you turn to this one again and again, maybe even while substituting chicken from time to time. The addition of the dry stir-fry seasoning means not having to pack bulky jars of Asian cooking sauces with you on board.

You’ll Need:

Best One Dish Meals - One Skillet Beef Stir Fry

  • Yellow Onion
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Stir-fry Seasoning Mix (one pack)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sirloin steak cut into thin strips

Get the full recipe from Moms Dish

Chicken and Rice Enchilada Casserole

Even though it’s called a casserole, this dish requires no baking and no casserole dish. It’s an easy way to whip up a Mexican flavoured dinner that’s both hearty and healthy. If you have the time, opt for dried black beans instead of canned.

  • Long grain riceBest One Dish Meals - Enchilada Casserole
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Chunky salsa
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Pre-cooked, shredded chicken
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Mexican blend or cheddar-jack shredded cheese
  • Optional: chopped fresh cilantro or green onions for garnish, extra salsa, or guacamole

Get the full recipe from Chew Out Loud.

Spanish Fish Stew

Use any type of white fish in this amazingly delicious Spanish Fish Stew. It’s a nice spicy and flavourful way to devour more seafood while sticking with one-pot.

You’ll Need:

  • Olive oil
  • Onions, Garlic, Carrots, CeleryBest One Dish Meals - Spanish Fish Stew
  • Thyme, Paprika, Cayenne pepper, Fennel Seeds
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Russet potatoes
  • Cod fillets, fresh or frozen
  • Shrimp
  • Bay leaf
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Fresh parsley

Get the full recipe from The Food Blog

There are countless one-dish dinner recipes out there – we only serve up this list as a bit of inspiration as you broaden your search for even more.


Read More:
See our ideas for Easy and Delicious Make Ahead Meals.

 

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Quick & delicious Halibut recipes

Quick & Delicious Halibut Recipes

10 Ways to Prepare Your Halibut Catch

Who doesn’t love a good recipe roundup? Especially when the star ingredient is halibut! At Van Isle Marina, we are big fans of anything to do with halibut, whether it’s grilled, baked, poached, barbecued, or sautéed. Fortunately, you don’t have to get too fancy with halibut in order for it to taste amazing.

Here are our top recommended ways to enjoy pacific halibut – the most highly prized groundfish found around Vancouver Island. Use freshly caught or previously frozen halibut for any of the recipes below. And get your lemons ready – they are the star ingredient in most halibut entrees!

1. Heavenly Halibut

Topping our list of great halibut recipes is Heavenly Halibut from Allrecipes.com. The crisp parmesan topping of this dish adds texture and a boost of flavour to impress guests. You can get the taste of a gourmet halibut dish with just a few ingredients.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butterHeavenly Halibut Recipe
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 2 pounds skinless halibut fillets

Get the full recipe at Allrecipes.com

2. One-pan Mediterranean Baked Halibut with Vegetables

This recipe involves taking your basic grilled halibut recipe, adding in a few of your favourite vegetables, and then baking it all in one dish instead of grilling.

  • 1 1/2 lb halibut fillet, slice into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemonsOne-pan Mediterranean Baked Halibut Recipe
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1 lb cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced into half moons
  • Salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from The Mediterranean Dish

3. Thai Grilled Halibut

Sweeten things up a little with this Thai-inspired halibut recipe. While this grilled halibut recipe involves a few ingredients you might not have readily available on your boat, it’s so tasty that it’s worth making on land one day.

You’ll need:

  • 2 to 4 halibut steaks or fillets
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauceThai Grilled Halibut Recipe
  • 6 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup coriander (fresh, chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 to 6 garlic cloves
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Brown sugar

Get the full recipe from The Spruce Eats

4. Classic Fish & Chips

If you’ve got a deep fryer and the will to use it, considering wowing the crowd with a good old-fashioned plate of battered fish and chips. This deep-fried halibut recipe will be a crowd pleaser for sure, without requiring that many ingredients.

You’ll need:

  • 2 lbs skinless, boneless halibut
  • Classic Fish and Chips RecipeSalt
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • About 1/2 bottle beer

Get Hank Shaw’s full recipe from Honest-Food.net.

5. Poached Halibut with Tomato and Basil

This healthy halibut recipe from Rachel Ray is low in fat and is such a colourful dish. Fresh basil is a must, as are locally grown, in-season tomatoes if you can find some!

You’ll need:

Poached Halibut with Tomato and Basil Recipe

  • Halibut fillets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine, eyeball it
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, well drained
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, torn or shredded
  • Salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from The Food Network

6. Halibut & Smoked Salmon Chowder

Here is a nice comfort food recipe from Thrifty Foods that is quick to whip up but will taste like it took hours of slow cooking. This chowder contains nothing but the good stuff, and no shellfish of any kind.

You’ll need:

  • 100 gram pkg cold smoked salmon
  • 1 lb of halibut fillets
  • ButterHalibut and Smoked Salmon Chowder Recipe
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 cups chicken or fish stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium red-skinned potatoes
  • 1 cup light cream
  • Fresh dill
  • Salt & white pepper

Get the full recipe from Thrifty Foods.

7. Crispy Fish Cakes for Two

Halibut can play a starring role in many fish cake recipes. We like this one from Pinch & Swirl for its simplicity, both in ingredients and preparation. Fish cake recipes are great for when there is leftover cooked fish to use up, if that ever were to happen, that is!

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbsCrispy Fish Cakes Recipe
  • 1/2 pound cooked halibut
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk sour cream
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 rib celery very finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying
  • Fresh lemon wedges optional
  • Salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from Pinch & Swirl.

8. Halibut Ceviche with Mango and Avocado

The ceviche method of “cooking” doesn’t actually involve any heat. Instead, the fish is marinated in an acidic mix of ingredients and the final product is served cold. It’s best served as an appetizer before a main meal on a hot, sunny day when you have access to freshly caught halibut.

halibut ceviche with mango and avocado recipe

You’ll need:

  • Halibut fillets
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot sauce
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 small jalapeno
  • Red onion
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Olive oil
  • Honey or agave
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Get the full recipe from From a Chef’s Kitchen.

Another great ceviche recipe we love comes from Epicurious and stars pineapple, jalapeno, and tequila as key ingredients.

9. BBQ Halibut Steaks

It’s easy to prepare halibut on the BBQ – just skip the store-bought sauces and use this recipe instead!

You’ll need:

Barbeque Halibut Steaks Recipe

  • Halibut steaks
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Fresh garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Soy sauce
  • Halibut steaks

Get the full recipe from Allrecipes.com

10. Lemon and Dill Baked Halibut

This classic baked halibut dish includes a healthy dose of cherry tomatoes and asparagus. It’s healthy, easy to make, and delicious to devour.

You’ll need:

Dill and Lemon Baked Halibut Recipe

  • Halibut fillets
  • lemons
  • Asparagus
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh dill
  • Garlic

Get the full recipe from Jacked Kitchen.

Read More: Quick & Delicious Salmon Recipes

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best quick and delicious trout recipes

Quick & Delicious Trout Recipes

12 Ways to Prepare Steelhead Trout

 

In addition to pacific salmon and fresh local halibut, another favourite fish the Van Isle Marina team loves to eat is steelhead trout. Like other types of fish, steelhead trout is quick and easy to prepare a number of ways, whether that be baking, steaming, grilling, barbequing, pan-frying, smoking or canning.

Here are our top recommended ways to enjoy steelhead trout – a popular type of trout that is plentiful around Vancouver Island and closely resembles salmon in its taste, texture, and colour. Use freshly caught or previously frozen steelhead trout for any of the recipes below.

1. Garlic Butter Steelhead Trout in Foil

With classic pantry staples, this recipe is about as standard as it gets when preparing baked fish. You’ll appreciate the easy cleanup with this recipe, due to the foil, which also leads to an incredibly moist and flaky baked trout entrée.

Garlic Butter Steelhead Trout in Foil Recipe

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound steelhead trout fillet, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, minced (optional)
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at Kitchen Swagger.

2. Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

This recipe takes a classic grilled fish recipe and gives it a little oomph with the Italian seasoning and white wine. It’s so easy and so healthy, making it a recipe worth memorizing.

  • 5 pounds trout with skin on the bottomTROUT WITH GARLIC LEMON BUTTER HERB SAUCE
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at Julia’s Album.

3. Maple Balsamic Trout

This recipe always leads to tasty trout, no matter how much you customize it. Try substituting limes for lemons, or honey for maple syrup. For saltier flavour rather than tangy, try using soy sauce instead of vinegar. Simply stick to the ingredient amounts noted and you’ll end up with a flaky and moist baked trout dish.

  • MAPLE BALSAMIC RAINBOW TROUT5 lbs trout fillets
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Sriracha
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at Two Kooks in the Kitchen.

4. Barbequed Steelhead Trout

If there’s a BBQ on your yacht, there is no excuse not to try out this tasty trout dish at least once per season! The trick to this one is using a high-quality BBQ sauce – one that isn’t too sweet or too sour but is “just right”.

  • 2 pounds steelhead trout filletsBarbequed Steelhead Trout Recipe
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce

Get the full recipe at All Recipes.

5. Dijon-Style Trout Fillets

Mustard plays a surprising role in this simple trout recipe.

  • 2 trout filletsDijon Style Trout Fillets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • Garlic gloves
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at SOS Cuisine.

6. Spicy Garlic Grilled Trout

This simple recipe packs a lot of punch with the red pepper flakes, which balance nicely with the brown sugar. You can control your spice level to suit everyone at the table and have everything ready to go in just 30 minutes.

  • Trout filletsSpicy Chili Garlic Grilled Trout
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at Bake Eat Repeat.

7. Smoked Steelhead Trout

This dry brine recipe from a humble, self-taught chef named Steve is just the answer if you’re looking for a sweet treat. Prepare this smoked trout recipe using a Bradley electric smoker and apple or alder wood. While a smoked fish recipe doesn’t quite fit our post’s theme of ‘quick’, it’s certainly delicious and sure to be quickly devoured.

  • 2 pounds of steelhead trout filletsSmoked Steelhead Trout
  • 6 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

Get the full recipe at The Black Peppercorn.

8. Trout Cakes

Try this easy, classic fish cake recipe when you have lots of trout you’re trying to use up and want to keep things varied and interesting. These cakes are good hot or cold and are a great grab and go snack for a day on the beach. Play around with different herbs and dipping sauces to truly make these trout cakes pop.

  • 1 pound trout meatTrout Cakes Recipe
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1/4 cup tarragon or dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil, for frying

Get Hank Shaw’s full recipe at Honest-Food.net.

9. Trout with Olives and Brown Butter

Whip up this Mediterranean-inspired dish from Martha Stewart in under 30 minutes. The olives, capers, and lemons add a lot of zip to the fish.

Trout with Olives and Brown Butter

You’ll need:

  • 8 trout fillets, skin on (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, quartered and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons slivered pitted olives
  • 1 tablespoon small capers
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at Martha Stewart.

10. Umbrian Fish Soup with Trout

This versatile bouillabaisse-like stew/soup is inspired by Umbria – a region of central Italy. It is a nice break from rich creamy chowders if you’re looking for a light fish soup. It’s quick, delicious, and can be customized to your liking. Try adding spinach and more than one type of seafood, such as shrimp or a can of clams with the juice.

Umbrian Fish Soup recipe

You’ll need:

  • 2 lbs trout fillets
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water

Get the full recipe at Epicurious.

11.  Barbequed Trout with Warm Pineapple Salad

This recipe is a healthy standby that comes with the added bonus of a side dish prepared right alongside the trout. Make it as mild or as spicy as you want. The jalapenos, ginger, and lime all complement the pineapple well.

You’ll need:

Barbecued trout with warm pineapple salad

  • Skin-on trout fillets
  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Get the full recipe at Chatelaine.

12. Whole Grilled Trout

Impress your guests with this fancy-looking dish. Due to its typically smaller size, trout is a popular fish to serve whole. Plus, grilling a whole fish – skin and bones and all – enhances its flavour, so very little extra input is added to this grilling process.

You’ll need:

Cooking Whole Fish And Grilled Trout Recipe

  • Two 3/4 lb whole trout
  • Butter or coconut oil
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch dill
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 lemons, one sliced and the other halved
  • Salt & Pepper

Get the full recipe at Paleo Leap.

Read More: See our Quick & Delicious Salmon Recipes. Trout could easily be substituted in these salmon dinner suggestions.

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Quick & Delicious Salmon Recipes

10 Ways to Prepare Your Salmon Catch

At Van Isle Marina, we eat a ton of salmon – and we are constantly impressed with how many different ways there are to prepare it. From baked, grilled, smoked, and canned, salmon is a source of endless meal ideas.

There are 5 types of pacific salmon that draw anglers from around the world to our region, with Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye being prized the most for their flavour and texture. Here are our top recommended ways to enjoy pacific salmon – whether it’s from your own fishing expeditions, gifted to you by friend or family, or otherwise picked up from your local fish market or grocery store.

Easy Honey Garlic Baked Salmon

You’ve probably had tons of honey garlic chicken, but the essence of honey garlic sauce can also be applied to salmon and the results are amazing. This recipe is an easy, one-pan wonder that’s sure to impress everyone at the table. Best of all it can be whipped up and pan seared in 15 minutes!

You’ll Need:

Easy Honey Garlic Salmon

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • lemon juice & wedges
  • salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from Café Delites.

Maple Salmon

This recipe is similar to the honey garlic style salmon as mentioned above, but maple syrup is used in place of honey, and there is no added fat.

You’ll need

  • maple salmon recipe1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Get the full recipe from Allrecipes.com

Baked Salmon with Garlic & Dijon

This healthy salmon dish is low in sugar but high in flavour. With just a few ingredients, a high temperature, and a short roasting time, this baked salmon turns out both juicy and flaky! In just 20 minutes you’ll end up with a dish that tastes like it is straight from a professional chef’s kitchen.

You’ll Need:

Baked Salmon with Garlic and Dijon

  • salmon fillet
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves pressed
  • 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • lemon slices
  • salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Cedar Plank Salmon

This adapted recipe is inspired by the First Nations’ traditional method of preparing salmon threaded on cedar stakes while over an open fire.

You’ll Need:

cedar plank salmon recipe

  • salmon fillets
  • olive oil
  • lemon or orange juice and zest
  • chopped fresh basil
  • cedar planks slightly longer and wider than the salmon fillets
  • salt & pepper

Get Robert Clifton’s full recipe from the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Cilantro Lime Salmon

Cilantro lime salmon is a refreshing way to enjoy fresh or previously frozen salmon. It’s easy to pull off in a single skillet.

You’ll Need

  • 2 tbsp. olive oilcilantro lime salmon recipe
  • salmon fillets
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c. low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro

Get the full recipe from Delish.

Classic Baked Salmon

This five-ingredient baked salmon recipe is perhaps one of the most standard ways to prepare salmon . It’s perfect for when you’re not sure if you’re cooking for a cilantro-loving crowd or not. With the butter, lemon, and dill, there is no going wrong with this one!

classic baked salmon recipe

You’ll Need

  • salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill

Get the recipe from The Stay at Home Chef

Salmon Chowder

Salmon chowder is great for feeding a lot of people at once. It’s a comfort food that goes a long way and tastes great heated up the next day if it doesn’t get devoured the same day. Chowders are versatile soups where almost anything can be added to the standard creamy base. Bacon, corn and potatoes truly elevate this salmon chowder.

You’ll Need

  • 1/2 pound red potatoes
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 2 cups chopped scallions
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cornsalmon chowder recipe
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • dried hot red-pepper flakes
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 5 pounds of salmon fillet
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh lemon juice

Get the full recipe from Epicurious.

Superfood Salad with Pan-Seared Salmon

Adding salmon to any basic salad is a fool-proof way to turn a salad into a meal. However, there are certain ingredients that will truly help bring out the flavours in a plain baked fillet that’s been prepared with just olive oil and salt and pepper. The flavour in this dish comes from its homemade vinaigrette.

You’ll Need

  • superfood salmon salad recipesalmon fillets
  • 1 ½ cups kale, chopped
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ of an avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Get the full recipe from Alaska from Scratch.

Less Quick But Still Delicious

Salmon Cakes

With a few helping hands in the kitchen, this could be a quick recipe, but on its own it’s considered an intermediate technique to preparing salmon. The trick is in getting the right texture, which takes the right cook time and chopping everything to uniform size.

  • fresh salmon
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 stalks small-diced celerysalmon cakes recipe
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
  • 3 slices stale bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten

Get the full recipe from The Food Network.

Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon is a delicious way to preserve your extra salmon if you have a little bit of time on your hands. Choose from regular or candied hot-smoked salmon, depending on your preference. If you’re serving a large crowd, the smoked salmon is always the first item to disappear off the buffet line!

smoked salmon recipe

You’ll Need

  • salmon fillets
  • a smoker (Traeger, Bradley, Little Chief, etc.)
  • wood
  • brining salt
  • syrup for basting
  • brown sugar from brining

Get Hank Shaw’s full guide from Honest-Food.net

Canned Salmon

Canned salmon is a great way to preserve freshly caught salmon for the months to come. For the most thorough run-down for canning salmon, check out this article on how to can salmon. To avoid contamination of the jars, it’s important to follow the method precisely as outlined.

Once you have canned your salmon, you can enjoy it straight from the jar or on sandwiches, or in salads, pitas, pastas, and quiches. Check out the Food Network’s 15 Delicious Ways to Use Canned Salmon.

If you’re using freshly caught salmon for any of the above recipes, be sure to review our quick guide to Cleaning Fish On a Boat.

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