How Long Do You Cook Salmon for in Oven


You’ve probably heard that salmon is an incredibly healthy food. It has omega-3 fatty acids, a lot of protein, and it contains less fat than most other types of meat. So what’s not to love? In fact, there are many ways you can cook salmon at home. You can grill it or pan-fry it with vegetables and spices; you can even bake it in the oven after marinating it overnight with teriyaki sauce and balsamic vinegar! But how long do you cook salmon for in the oven?

First, let’s talk oven temperatures.

First, let’s talk oven temperatures.

If you’re like most people, your oven does not come with an internal temperature gauge. So how do you know if it’s hot enough? The best way is to use an inexpensive oven thermometer that can be purchased at any home goods store or online. These thermometers are easy to use and will help ensure that all of your future meals are cooked just right!

Once the salmon is placed in the pan and covered with foil, place it in the middle rack of your preheated oven (make sure there’s enough room around all sides). Set a timer for 15 minutes–if your salmon isn’t done after 15 minutes has passed then simply continue cooking until it reaches 140 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of fillet without touching bone.*

Now, let’s talk oven racks.


Now, let’s talk oven racks.

The first thing you want to do is place your salmon on the middle rack of your oven and make sure there is space between each piece of fish. If you are cooking more than one piece, place them on different racks so they don’t stick together while they cook. Remember: Don’t crowd the pan! This can lead to uneven cooking times and even worse–a fire hazard!

How do you know when your salmon is cooked?

To get the best results, you should always use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The color of your salmon may not be an accurate indicator of whether or not it’s done. Similarly, pressing on the fish with your finger will only tell you how firm or soft the flesh is–not whether or not it has reached its ideal temperature.

The best way to tell if your salmon is cooked through is by using a digital thermometer that measures internal temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit (F). If you’re cooking at home and don’t have one handy, here’s what we recommend:

  • Cook until just past medium rare (135 F) if you like your fish well-done; otherwise cook until medium rare (140 F) or medium (145 F).

A thermometer is the best way to make sure you are cooking your fish perfectly.

  • A thermometer is the best way to make sure you are cooking your fish perfectly.
  • You can use a meat thermometer or a digital probe thermometer. If using a meat thermometer, baste the fish with oil and water before putting it in the oven so that it does not stick to the pan.


We hope this article has helped you understand how to cook salmon in the oven. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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