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How To Cook Frozen Salmon in the Oven — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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When we're having salmon for dinner, I have to remember to pull the frozen fillets from the freezer that morning and tuck them into the fridge to thaw peacefully. But life is hectic and more of my mornings are harried than those occasional thoughtful ones, and I find myself at 6 p.m. on Wednesday staring at rock-hard fillets and a hungry family to feed.

Luckily, it is perfectly safe to cook salmon from a frozen state and, let me assuage any worries right now, it can taste as delicious as properly thawed and cooked salmon too. I've found the secret is to use the power of a hot oven, a little foil, and a flavorful sauce to get you from frozen to dinner in less than 30 minutes.

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Recipe: Last-Minute Spicy Coconut Wonton Soup — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Frozen dumplings are one of my freezer secret weapons. They can be a hearty snack, quick appetizer when friends drop by, or even the star of a dinner stir-fry. Whether they're little Japanese gyoza or Chinese potstickers, all are welcome freezer staples to me. Now how about giving them the soup treatment? This sour-spicy soup, inspired by Thai tom kha gai soup, combines broth with creamy coconut milk, lots of ginger and lime zest for zing, pepper flakes for spiciness, frozen dumplings, and veggies for a soup hearty enough to be a full meal when that wonton soup craving hits. Oh, and it comes together in just about 15 minutes!

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Recipe: Last-Minute Spicy Coconut Wonton Soup — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Frozen dumplings are one of my freezer secret weapons. They can be a hearty snack, quick appetizer when friends drop by, or even the star of a dinner stir-fry. Whether they're little Japanese gyoza or Chinese potstickers, all are welcome freezer staples to me. Now how about giving them the soup treatment? This sour-spicy soup, inspired by Thai tom kha gai soup, combines broth with creamy coconut milk, lots of ginger and lime zest for zing, pepper flakes for spiciness, frozen dumplings, and veggies for a soup hearty enough to be a full meal when that wonton soup craving hits. Oh, and it comes together in just about 15 minutes!

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Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Noodles with Sesame Dressing — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Sometimes cucumbers bore me to tears. No offense, cucumber, but your chill flavor can be a little underwhelming at times! It wasn't until I began spiralizing cucumber into long, elegant strands that my affection for this vegetable really began to change.

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Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Noodles with Sesame Dressing — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Sometimes cucumbers bore me to tears. No offense, cucumber, but your chill flavor can be a little underwhelming at times! It wasn't until I began spiralizing cucumber into long, elegant strands that my affection for this vegetable really began to change.

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Recipe: The Easiest Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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Laying low on the carbs these days? Or just a lover of cream cheese? Then may I suggest these tangy, lacy cream cheese pancakes, inspired by the numerous "keto pancakes" floating around the internet? "Keto," short for ketogenic diet, is a very low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet. That low-carb bit leaves many of its followers seeking ways to recreate the foods they love and it turns out pancakes are high up on that list. While you won't find these to be fluffy, their buttery, tangy, lacy quality makes them a keeper.

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