10+ Low-Cholesterol Salmon Ideas

Quick and Easy Salmon Ideas for Your Low-Cholesterol Diet

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Salmon is a heart-healthy protein that's easy to get into your diet...if you know how. You should aim to eat oily fish, such as salmon, at least twice a week as part of a cholesterol-lowering diet. Enjoy it alongside other cholesterol-lowering foods, such as produce, beans, olive oil and nuts.

Packed with protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, salmon is a heart-smart choice that can be enjoyed any time of day.

Here, we show you ways to eat salmon at breakfast, lunch dinner, as an appetizer or at a cookout. 

Salmon for Breakfast

Smoked salmon is an excellent way to get salmon into the start of your day. Using just one whole egg and two eggs whites keeps the total cholesterol in this dish down, while salmon adds a smoky flavor and a bit more protein. Or, layer smoked salmon on a slice or two of rye crispbread spread with lowfat cream cheese.

Salmon for Lunch

Canned salmon is an easy, versatile way to get a serving of salad in your day. Or, use salad in place of tuna in your favorite tuna salad recipe.

Salmon for Grilling

Want a healthier alternative to burgers and hotdogs? Try Cedar Plank Salmon (use reduced-fat mayonnaise). You'll find they're all popular show-stealers that'll edge out the competition (yes, that's you, beef burgers).

Salmon as a Party Appetizer

Roll up Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizers for a cholesterol-friendly party food.

Fat-free cream cheese means the only fat comes from the heart-healthy omega-3s in salmon. Or, try Smoked Salmon Dip on crostini - it uses both smoked and fresh salmon for extra flavor and nutrition.

Extra Preparation Tips

If you're grilling or baking a salmon fillet, there are plenty of ways to jazz it up.


  • Seasonings: Top with fresh or dried dill, lemon, lemon pepper, garlic, coriander.
  • Toppings: Try tangy citrus (orange, pineapple) salsa, spicy or honey mustard, or low-fat plain yogurt topped with dill.
  • Sides: Hearty grains like quinoa and couscous, or vegetables such as steamed broccoli or grilled asparagus, pair well with salmon dishes.
  • Marinade: Try a mixture of low-sodium soy sauce, honey, brown sugar and fresh lemon juice for a delicious marinade.

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