Heidi's 3 Favorite Ways to Cook Salmon
Learn how to grill salmon- a simple technique that adds great flavor to your fish.
- Preheat grill to very hot.
- Pat the salmon dry and brush with oil on both sides. Season salmon with your favorite flavors, or keep it simple with salt and pepper.
- Place salmon, skin side up. Cook for 3 min, flip and cook for another 2-3 min until done.
- There should be a slight color gradient when you check the thickest part of the fillet. If it looks cooked all the way through then it's probably over cooked.
HOW CAN I TELL IF ITS DONE?
Flesh will be pale orange and flaky on the outside with a bright orange/red opaque center.
I am looking for a slight color gradient in the thickest part of the filet. The center should be slightly translucent. Remember, the salmon will continue to cook after it's removed from the heat.
Take a look! Don't be afraid to break it open. The fillet will naturally want to crack open in the thickest part where the pin bones have been removed. Use a fork or knife to check the thickest part of the salmon. You are checking for color and flakiness.
Sockeye salmon is best served medium rare. Internal temperature should be about 110-115 in the thickest part.
Just remember, always use a timer and be conservative. You can always cook it a little bit more if needed.
The below video on pan searing has some great instructions if you are new to cooking salmon! Make sure to watch the entire video!
Pan seared salmon is a good technique for beginners. We recommend using a seasoned cast iron skillet, but any non-stick pan will do.
- Coat salmon on both sides with cooking oil.
- Add enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- Place salmon, skin-side up, into pan and cook until browned, about 4 minutes.
- Carefully flip salmon and cook for another 3 minutes or until done.
If you've got an oven and a baking dish or sheet pan, then you're all set to create this basic baked salmon recipe and master how to roast salmon!
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Line a baking dish with foil. Coat salmon with cooking oil on both sides and season to your liking.
- Place salmon, skin-side down, in baking dish and bake for 10-15 minutes or until done.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.