4 Ways to Cook Salmon

When I had an offer by someone to write an article on salmon cooking techniques I thought – why not? We eat a lot of salmon, maybe I’ll learn some new tips.

I like the marinade for the baked salmon – I don’t use honey often enough. And I rarely (read never) use the broiler…. So there are a couple of nuggets for me.

The rest is pretty straight forward but may be useful to be out there for new cooks – or cooks new to fish. I will admit that I cooked for quite a few years before doing fish – other than ‘torsk’ (cod).

Read on for some salmon info:

Are you fond of ordering fish at a restaurant, but lack the proper knowledge of how to cook salmon at home? It’s totally understandable. One has to know the basics of preparing salmon, or any fish. Not knowing the right cooking time can result in it sticking to the pan or ending up dry rather than moist. And salmon is a too expensive to play with. This article will help you steer clear of some of the mistakes that people make while cooking salmon. Here are 4 ways to help you choose from and cook a perfect salmon.

1.   Broiled Salmon:

Broiling salmon is easy as well as quick. It is a perfect method to be used for a thin piece of salmon.


Slightly oil the baking sheet (foil-lined) and put the fish skin side down on the sheet. You can use the broiler pan too instead of a baking sheet.

Put a little olive oil on the salmon and add a bit of kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Put the pan in the broiler or put it directly to the oven.

Cook it for 10-15 min. Keep checking it until it can easily be flaked with the help of a fork.

It can be glazed with a mix of mustard, rosemary and thyme.

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2.   Smoked salmon:

Who doesn’t loves smoked salmon?  It’s quite a technical thing to smoke the fish in a perfect way. But once done, it tastes divine.


Marinate the fish with the sauce of your choice along with the skin. Because the skin turns out to be the crispiest part.

On medium heat, place the salmon directly on a pellet smoker / grill and cook it for about 5 minutes. Then turn the side and cook again for about 5 minutes. Serve the smoked salmon with the veggies of your choice.

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3.   Baked Salmon:

Baked salmon tastes delicious served with rice and broccoli.


Marinate the fish with honey, garlic, and soy sauce and leave it several hours or overnight.

Lightly oil a baking sheet. Put the marinated salmon skin side down on it. (You can remove the skin too if you like.)

Bake the salmon for about 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 450 Fahrenheit. The salmon become opaque when it is completely cooked.

While you cook the fish, prepare your boiled rice with steamed broccoli and you are ready with your delicious meal.

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4.   Poached Salmon:

Poaching salmon is delicious as is but is often the method used when cooking salmon for using in salads, or other cold dishes. Poaching keeps it very moist.


For flavor add garlic cloves, slices of lemon, and thyme to the poaching liquid. You can use all water or a mix of water and white wine.

Heat the water until it reaches a soft, rolling boil. Add the salmon fillets.

Bring the liquid back to a simmer and poach it till the skin is firm enough to touch, 10-15 minutes.

Remove the salmon and finish with butter, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.

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