Can You Microwave Salmon?

The method is quite precise when microwaving salmon so make sure you read and follow the method outlined below:

How to Microwave Salmon

When you cook salmon in a microwave you are actually using a poaching method. This results in moist and flakey salmon that is perfect to eat.

  1. Rinse and Dry
    Before you start rinse your salmon gently under the cold tap. Pat dry with a paper towel and pop it into a microwavable dish. The best type of bowl would be one with a lip but one that also has a flat bottom in order to lay the salmon on.
  2. Season
    Season to your preference. You should use just a pinch of salt and pepper or get a little more adventurous and try some other flavours.
  3. Cover
    Cover the dish with some cling film. Make sure it is suitable for the microwave and won’t melt! You should also make sure the cling film isn’t touching the fish itself. This is why we recommend using a bowl rather than a plate.
  4. Microwave
    Pop this into the microwave and microwave for between three and four minutes.
  5. Check for Doneness
    Take the salmon out of the microwave and test to see if it is cooked. You can test using a fork to see whether or not it is hot and cooked all the way through.
  6. Microwave Further (If Required)
    If not then pop it back into the microwave for thirty seconds and test again. Keep repeating this step until the fish is cooked to your liking.

3 Tips for Microwaving Salmon

When microwaving salmon, we’ve got a few tips we’d recommend sticking to:

  • Check It Flakes – When microwaving salmon it is important to be sure that it is cooked all the way through. You would usually test with a fork to see if the salmon flakes away easily and it is also worth checking to see if it is hot in the middle too.
  • Use Suitable Bowl – The bowl you use for microwaving salmon is important. You need a bowl that either has a lid or has a big enough lip at the sides so that you can wrap it in cling film without any of the wrap touching the fish. The bowl should also have a flat bottom to ensure you can lay the fish out properly to help it cook evenly. A glass or ceramic bowl is best.
  • Tweak It – You don’t have to use any oils or sauces if you prefer to save your calories but if you want some added flavour you could add a knob of butter or even a coating of mayonnaise and herbs over the fish before you cook it. The choice is yours when it comes to the flavour of your fish.

Advantages of Microwaved Salmon

As you can appreciate, there are a few benefits to using a microwave to cook salmon:

  1. Really Speedy
    The biggest advantage of microwaved salmon is how quickly you can cook it. Poached in the microwave and you can have your meal within five minutes! Much quicker than baking or frying your salmon and perfect if you need a quick, healthy and tasty meal.
  2. Healthier
    Another surprising advantage of cooking your salmon in the microwave is that it could be more nutritious for you. Cooking food slowly allows the nutrients to leach out of the food. Microwaving cooks the salmon quickly so this is less likely to happen.

Disadvantages of Microwaved Salmon

Unfortunately, it’s not all positives and there are some negatives you should consider first:

  1. Easy to Overcook
    Microwaving salmon can result in delicious fish that is perfectly cooked – moist and flakey. However, if you cook it for even a few seconds too long it can turn into a rubbery, inedible piece of fish! You can avoid this by checking it regularly, especially towards the end of the cooking process.
  2. Smelly
    One of the biggest problems with cooking salmon is the smell. Microwaving the fish breaks down the fats in the salmon fast and this is what causes that fishy smell that people dislike. Not only is this a problem in itself but the smell can linger in your microwave for a long time afterwards.

How to Reheat Salmon in the Microwave

You can reheat salmon in the microwave but you should do so carefully. It isn’t an easy balancing act to get right. If you heat it too little you could risk ending up sick and if you heat it too much your salmon will end up overcooked.

To reheat you should pop it onto a plate and cover it. Then microwave for thirty-second intervals. Test between each interval to see if the salmon is cooked or not. Repeat this process until the salmon is reheated.

How to Defrost Salmon in the Microwave

If you have frozen salmon then you may be able to cook it right from frozen! We wouldn’t recommend you use the microwave for this though. Instead, pop it into the oven and cook as normal.

You will need to cook for slightly longer to account for the salmon being frozen.

If you do want to thaw out the salmon then you can pop it onto a plate or into a dish and put it in the fridge to defrost slowly overnight. This is the safest method because the fish shouldn’t reach a high enough temperature that would allow bacteria to grow.

Final Summary

Cooking salmon in a microwave can result in wonderfully cooked salmon that is a delight to eat. By poaching it you are locking flavour and nutrition in and ensuring the fish stays moist and delectable.

Just make sure you cook the fish well and be aware that it will cause a bit of a smell in your microwave.