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How To Reheat Salmon

Salmon is a great protein that is rich in Omega-3. It offers a unique flavor and makes a great main dish for dinner.

The key to reheating salmon is to cook it low and slow so that it doesn’t become rubbery or dry. That would be a tragedy.

In the post, I am going to go over how to reheat salmon in the oven, on the stovetop, and even in the microwave so that you can enjoy it all over again.

Three cooked salmon filets on a piece of parchment paper on a dark round cutting board with a rustic wooden background

Reheating salmon options

Like I mentioned before we want to reheat salmon but we do not want it to dry and out and become rubbery.

Following these simple steps will ensure that you are able to get that same great flavor the next day. Reheated salmon is great as it is a quick lunch on a salad, a salmon BLT, or even by itself.

If you are not sure if your salmon is still okay to eat or not you can find out by reading my post about how to tell if salmon has gone bad.

Oven

Reheating salmon in the oven is the best method to use so that it doesn’t dry out and keeps its rich taste that we all enjoy so much.

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place your salmon on a baking sheet, drizzle a little bit of olive oil over it to help keep it moist.

Place a piece of heavy-duty tin foil draped over the top of your fish and place it into the oven. Cook for 15 minutes and then check the temperature.

You want to bring the internal temperature of your salmon up to 145°F. You may need to add 5 or so more minutes to get it up to temperature.

Summary

  • Preheat Oven to 300°F.
  • Prepare salmon on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and heavy-duty tin foil over the top.
  • Cook for 15 minutes and check the temperature.
  • Remove from the oven when you have reached an internal temperature of 145°F in the salmon.
  • Enjoy!

Stovetop

When reheating salmon on the stovetop you want to be careful not to get your pan too hot. Remember, cooking low and slow is going to be key to not drying out the salmon.

Preheat your pan on low to medium heat. Once your pan is hot add either a tablespoon of olive oil or butter to it and let it heat up.

Add your salmon to the pan and cover it. The cover is important as it will keep the moisture in and act like it is steaming to the salmon.

Cook for about 5 minutes and then flip your salmon over and then cover again for another 2-3 minutes. Keep a close eye on it as you don’t want to overcook it.

Check the temperature and continue to reheat your salmon until you reach an internal temperature of 145°F of the salmon.

Summary

  • Preheat pan on low-medium heat.
  • Add in a tablespoon of butter or olive oil.
  • Place salmon in the pan, cover it and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Flip the salmon over and continue to cook until the internal temperature of the salmon is 145°F.
  • Enjoy!

Microwave

Honestly if you have the time, reheat your salmon on the stove or in the oven. The microwave isn’t really great.

If you are in a hurry and the microwave is your only option then I have a few tips to save you from rubbery fish.

Place the salmon on a microwave-safe plate with a pad of butter or a drizzle of olive oil on top. Cover the plate with a microwave-safe cover or plastic wrap.

Cook on the lowest setting for 1-minute and then 30-second increments until it has reheated all the way through. You are looking to get the inside of the salmon to 145°F.

Summary

  • Place salmon on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap.
  • Cook on the lowest setting for 1 minute and check the salmon.
  • Continue to cook for 30-second increments until reheated to 145°F inside the salmon.
  • Remove carefully as the plate may be hot and Enjoy!

Reheating Salmon Methods Pros and Cons

ProsCons
OvenBrings back the true flavor and is not dried outTakes a little longer than the stove-top
Stove-topIt crisps the skin and doesn’t dry it outTakes a few minutes
MicrowaveFast for in a hurryMakes it rubbery

FAQ

Can you reheat salmon leftovers?

Yes! Salmon is great even when reheated as long as it is done correctly. Reheating salmon is best when done in the oven so that it doesn’t dry out and become rubbery.
Check out my post for step-by-step instructions on how to do it.

Is it safe to reheat salmon?

It is safe to reheat salmon as long as it is still fresh and was stored properly. You want to make sure to get it up to 145°F internally when you are reheating it.

How do you reheat salmon and keep it moist?

The key to reheating salmon and keeping it moist is to add moisture. You can drizzle olive oil or freshly squeezed lemon juice over the salmon before you reheat it.
The olive oil or lemon juice will help keep your salmon moist while reheating it.

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