Cooking salmon is a great way to add flavor to your meal while still maintaining protein. After all, fish is the healthiest option when it comes to seafood! There are many ways you can cook salmon, but one of the most popular methods is searing it in a pan. This method requires very little time and effort on your part but delivers high-quality results. For this reason, it’s often used at restaurants as well as home kitchens—but did you know there’s a way to make this technique even easier? If not then read on!
1. Ensure the salmon is fresh.
Before you cook your salmon, make sure it’s fresh. If the fish smells fishy or looks dull, dry or brownish (even if it’s just one side of the salmon), don’t buy it. You want to find a piece that looks vibrant and colorful–like what you see in the picture above!
2. Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Use a meat thermometer to measure the thickness of the salmon and check if it’s done (see below).
3. Place the salmon on a baking sheet with the skin side facing down and brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place salmon on a baking sheet with the skin side facing down and brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Put in oven and cook for about 10 minutes, depending on how thick your filet is. A good rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
Now that you’ve got your filet seasoned and ready to go, it’s time to put it in the oven!
The best way to tell when salmon is done is by using an instant-read thermometer. Slide the probe into the thickest part of your fish, making sure not to touch any bones (you can always remove them later). If you don’t have one of these handy gadgets on hand, here are some other ways:
- When cooking a whole side of salmon or fillets larger than 1 inch thick: 10 minutes per inch;
- For smaller pieces like steaks or medallions: 5-6 minutes per inch; or
- For fillets between 1/2 – 1 inch thick: 4 minutes per side for rare and 6 minutes for medium rare (these times will vary depending on how fresh your fish is so don’t be afraid if yours needs more time).
5. Remove from oven and let rest for 3 minutes before serving. The fish will continue to cook so be careful not to overcook it!
- Let the fish rest for 3 minutes before serving.
- The fish will continue to cook while you’re waiting, so be careful not to overcook it! You can also cover the salmon with foil if you think it needs more time in the oven (this will also help hold in heat).
How long to cook salmon at 425
Preheat oven to 425 F. Place the salmon on a baking sheet with the skin side facing down and brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn over and bake another 10 minutes or until medium rare (check by inserting a knife into salmon; it should be slightly pink in the center).
It’s important to remember that cooking times will vary depending on how thick your filet is and its thickness. If you like your salmon well-done, we recommend cooking it for 15 minutes at 425 F or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This will give you a nice crust on top while keeping the center of the fish moist and tender!