How to: Cook salmon from frozen in the oven – Defrost Buddy™

How to: Cook salmon from frozen in the oven

Cooked Salmon from Frozen

When we’re having salmon for dinner, I even need to recall to get rid of the frozen fillets from the freezer that morning and tuck them into the fridge to thaw peacefully.

Thankfully, it's perfectly safe to cook salmon from frozen and, let me set aside any worries immediately , it can taste as delicious as properly thawed and cooked salmon too.

I’ve found the key is to use a hot oven only a small amount of tin foil, and the best sauce you can find will get you from a frozen salmon to a salmon dinner in half-hour .


Frozen Salmon safe to eat??

Absolutely. As long because the frozen salmon is cooked to a secure internal temperature, it's safe to eat. Of course, the important challenge is cooking frozen salmon in order that it’s even as tender and flaky as thawed fillets.

The key's to use a two-step cooking method within the oven — covering the salmon for the beginning of baking then cooking it uncovered until it reaches temperature.

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This method works best for little salmon fillets within the 6-ounce range. Save larger sides of salmon for correct thawing and cooking. You’ll need an 8×8-inch baking dish and heavy-duty aluminium foil . The filets bake at 425°F for fifteen minutes covered, and eight to 10 minutes uncovered.
Salmon should reach a minimum internal temperature of 145°F to ensure the Frozen Salmon is properly cooked.

Steam, Then Roast Frozen Salmon Fillets I mentioned that we are employing a two-step method for cooking frozen salmon.

For the first fifteen minutes of covered cook time, steam the salmon as moisture releases from the frozen fillets and is trapped by the foil.
This helps tenderize the salmon. After fifteen minutes, carefully remove the foil from the salmon and return it the recent oven. Now we’re roasting. Roasting drives off the surplus moisture so we don’t find yourself with salmon that tastes sort of a sponge.

Cooked Salmon From Frozen

3 Steps for Cooking the Perfect Salmon from Frozen Without Thawing

  • Don’t rinse it. A few recipes suggest this step before cooking as a way for removing ice crystals.
  • Make a flavorful sauce. This is quite a no brainer , but it helps the salmon steam and protects it during its short roast.
  • Use heavy-duty foil for covering. It just ensures that each one the steam is trapped and dealing magic on your fillets. Plus, you should really always buy heavy-duty anyway.


How to Serve Cooked-from-Frozen Salmon

Okay, truth-telling time: Your frozen salmon won't be as beautiful as a magazine spread.

Some proteins will degrade during the rapid thawing and cooking within the oven, and you'll have some white spots from these along the rim of your salmon.

You can scrape these off otherwise you can flake the salmon and serve it over the noodles you cooked while the salmon roasted, or even that frozen rice you just sauteed instead.

See? From frozen to dinner in 30 minutes. It’s a miracle!

How To Cook Frozen Salmon in the Oven



Prep Time 5 minutes
Cooking Time 23-25 minutes



  • 2 (6-ounce) frozen salmon fillets (do not thaw)
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 8x8-inch baking dish
  • Brush or spoon
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Arrange a rack within the middle of the oven and warmth to 425°F.
  3. Place the frozen salmon fillets skin down in an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  4. Combine the mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and salt during a small bowl.
  5. Place the mustard, maple syrup, garlic, red pepper flakes if using, and salt in a small bowl and stir to combine.
  6. Brush the salmon with the mustard mixture.
  7. Brush or spoon all of your mixture evenly over the thawed salmon.
  8. Cover the baking dish and bake for quarter-hour .
  9. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  10. Roast for a quarter of an hour , until a knife can easily cut into the salmon completely with only slight, icy resistance.
  11. Uncover and roast for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. Continue roasting until the salmon are often easily flaked with a fork or a search thermometer inserted within the thickest a part of the salmon registers 145°F, 8 to 10 minutes more.
  12. Wild salmon tends to cook faster than farm-raised salmon, so begin checking salmon at 8 minutes.
  13. The skin should appear moist, but not raw or translucent.
  14. Rest and serve.
  15. Remove the salmon from the oven and let it rest uncovered for 3 minutes on the counter to cool off.
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