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How to Cook Salmon

Find out how to cook the perfect piece of salmon, plus purchasing tips and great salmon recipes.

  • 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 odour. 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) odour. 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 flavour and makes a great presentation.
  • When cooking salmon on the barbecue, 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 flavour.
  • 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.
  • Smoked salmon is a fillet of salmon that has been cured and can be served hot or cold. Start your brunches with mouthwatering Smoked Salmon recipes for festive brunch or holiday buffets.
  • When cooking salmon on the barbecue, cook 5 to 8 min. on each side or until fish flakes easily with fork, brushing occasionally with KRAFT Barbecue Sauce. Check out these delicious BBQ salmon recipes for inspiration.
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