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How to Cook Salmon

Any recipe can tell you how to cook salmon. This article will show you more: how to buy and store it; poach, bake and broil it; how to sauté it, grill it and determine when it’s done to perfection! And there’s more help where that came from. If you’re grilling, the KRAFT KITCHENS Experts offer a great all-around Grilling Guide, as well as a video on how to make 20-Minute Skillet Salmon. While you’re at it, you might as well take a peek at the article on How to Grill Corn on the Cob. Other salmon recipes include this video recipe for Baked Salmon with Tomatoes, Spinach & Mushrooms, and skillet sensations of all kinds. And once you’ve perfected your salmon repertoire? Take a look at other tasty fish recipes, which include cod and tilapia, and our shellfish recipes, too!

  • Salmon is a very versatile fish. When cooking salmon, you can bake, sauté, grill, poach or broil it.
  • Available either farm-raised or wild-caught, salmon is a great way to include more fish in your meals.
  • When purchasing frozen salmon fillets or steaks, make sure they are well wrapped and solidly frozen, with no odor. Never refreeze salmon once thawed. Store, tightly wrapped, in refrigerator for up to 2 days before cooking salmon as desired.
  • When purchasing fresh salmon, make sure it has a firm texture, moist appearance and fresh (non-fishy) odor. Store in the coldest part of the refrigerator up to 2 days before cooking salmon.
  • Check fillets for bones before cooking salmon by running your fingers over the surface. Small bumps are usually a sign of bones, which can easily be removed with tweezers.
  • Keep the skin on when cooking salmon fillets. This will make turning easier and help hold the fish together. If desired, the skin can easily be removed after cooking the salmon.
  • This video shows you how to prepare Grilled Cedar-Planked Salmon. Cooking salmon on the plank both adds flavor and makes a great presentation.
  • When cooking salmon on the grill, keep a spray bottle of water handy for any flare-ups.
  • Baked Salmon with Tomatoes, Spinach & Mushrooms takes only 10 minutes to prepare. And as a bonus, the spinach in each serving provides a good source of vitamin A.
  • Before cooking salmon, use KRAFT Dressings or Vinaigrettes for a simple marinade – just 30 minutes adds great flavor.
  • Need a recipe for cooking salmon? Check out some of our favorite salmon recipes.
  • When cooking salmon, you’ll know it is done when it appears opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
  • When cooking salmon under the broiler, cook, 4 inches from heat, 10 to 12 min. or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
  • When cooking salmon on the stovetop, cook it in a skillet on medium-high heat for 5 min. on each side or until done.
  • To poach salmon, add fish to gently simmering liquid; cover tightly. Cook 3 min.; turn fish over. Cook, covered, 4 to 6 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork.
  • When cooking salmon on the grill, cook 5 to 8 min. on each side or until fish flakes easily with fork, brushing occasionally with KRAFT Barbecue Sauce.
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