We will surely all agree that fish is best when freshly-cooked. But it’s an awful shame to let leftovers go to waste. Of course, you could always have leftovers cold in a salad or sandwich, but when you need a hot meal, you’ll have to resort to using the oven, the stovetop, or heaven-forbid, the microwave. The essential thing to remember is that heating too quickly at too high of a heat will result in a dry and flavorless piece of fish. Reheating salmon is tricky but the good news is that it’s possible to do this successfully and we’ll tell you the best ways how to reheat salmon.
The Best Way to Reheat Salmon In The Oven
To avoid the fish becoming dried out on the edges, the key to reheating salmon in the oven is to warm it at a low temperature. Using a temperature that’s too high will result in the fish becoming dry and flavorless.
- Preheat the oven to 275° Fahrenheit.
- Use aluminum foil to loosely cover the salmon to prevent drying out the edges.
- On a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, place the covered cooked salmon.
- Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, bake the salmon for around 15 minutes. The salmon should reach an internal temperature of about 125 to 130° Fahrenheit. You can use a meat thermometer to make sure of this.
- Remove from the oven and from the foil covering and serve.
Reheat Salmon on Stovetop
If you don’t have an oven, the stovetop is the second-best method to reheat salmon. However, you should still take heed of the rule to heat it at a low temperature.
- Heat up some oil so that the salmon won’t stick to the pan.
- Use a medium-low temperature, and use the lid of the pan to cover it to retain some moisture in the fish.
- Heat the salmon covered for about 6 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the fish.
- When heated through, remove the lid of the pan, turn off the heat, and serve the salmon.
How to Reheat Smoked Salmon
The delicate flavor of smoked salmon is possibly best enjoyed cold as leftovers, but if you need to warm it up, here’s a method that works.
- Preheat the oven to 325 ° Fahrenheit.
- Coat the top of the salmon with some olive oil or butter and cover with some aluminum foil to help retain moisture.
- Either place the fish in a foil-lined baking dish or a baking tray.
- Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, let the fish heat up in the oven for about only 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, check the salmon using a meat thermometer to see if it has reached an internal temperature of 145° Fahrenheit.
- If it needs more time, continue cooking for 2-minute increments until it reaches the right temperature.
- Remove the fish from the oven and serve.
How to Reheat Salmon Patties
Delicious salmon patties or salmon cakes made with fresh salmon and dill can be reheated and enjoyed with a dollop of tartar sauce and some green salad.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit
- Place the salmon cakes on the foil-lined baking sheet and place in the oven
- Once the oven has reached the desired temperature, cook the salmon for 10 to 15 minutes until crisp on the outside and warm throughout.
Steaming Salmon to Reheat
The greatest thing about reheating salmon in a steamer is that it exposes fish to a lot of moisture during the process of reheating. This can help to prevent the dreaded drying out. At the same time, it’s also great for people who are trying to lose weight, because you don’t have to add any additional oil or fat. Depending on your steaming apparatus, put some water in the bottom. Lay the salmon on the steaming basket. Let it steam for a few minutes or until heated to your satisfaction.
Reheating Fish in Microwave
Using the microwave, especially at work, has a bad rep when it comes reheating any sort of fish. In general, if the setting is too high and the poor fish gets nuked and stinks out the whole office. If you don’t have any other means to reheat, then go ahead and use the microwave. The trick is to use a low heat and to reheat in short increments to reduce the smell. Follow these instructions for the best results.
- Place the salmon in a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a microwave-safe cover.
- On a low heat (around 35% power), heat the salmon for about 30 seconds.
- Open the microwave and move the salmon if necessary to ensure even heating throughout.
- Carry on reheating in this method for 30-second increments until the desired internal temperature is reached.
- Remove the salmon from the microwave and serve.
Rather Enjoy Cooked Salmon Cold
Food often tastes better when warm because the temperature brings about more flavor but it’s quite possible that cold leftover salmon is even better than reheated. This is because salmon has a strong flavor, so when it’s cold, it retains that strong flavor. It’s also a nice firm fish and flakes nicely into pieces. You can use flaked cold salmon in any salad or sandwich for a boost of delicious protein.
Health Benefits of Salmon: Hot sor Cold
Salmon is a very nutritious fish with a high content of heart-healthy fats. Wild salmon is low in contaminants and mercury. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and can decrease the risk of heart disease. Salmon also contains tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin, the happy hormone, which can help manage depression. This fish is also a good source of Vitamin D, which can help improve mood, aid in the health of your bones and protect against maclear degeneration.