For people who don’t cook salmon all that often, many questions arise, such as, how long to cook salmon, what temperature to cook salmon at, how to tell when salmon is done, and so on. In this blog and video, we’ll take a look at some of those issues so you can prepare your salmon with confidence!
Over the years I’ve seen many recipes and heard many cooking gurus talk about baking salmon at temperatures from 350 degrees Fahrenheit all the way up to 450 degrees. Now there may be some specialty recipes that call for such high temperatures, but in general, baking salmon with high heat is the surest way to ruin it…or at least to dry it out and toughen it up to the point that you’ll think you’re eating an old shoe.
As a rule of thumb, anytime a recipe calls for baking salmon I highly suggest doing so at a temperature of 250° Fahrenheit. Again, baking at temperatures of 300° or higher is a sure way to dry out salmon. Baking at 250° will take a little longer, but it’s well worth it, as cooking at a lower temperature promotes better oil retention and distribution in the flesh of the fish and ultimately produces a fillet or steak that will be much more moist and flavorful than if prepared at a higher temperature. Cooking time for small to medium-sized fillets will be about 30 minutes when baked at 250° and large fillets will take about 40 minutes. Also, when baking salmon, always be sure to keep it covered as tightly as possible, as this will also help ensure that your fish stays as moist and delicious.
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