What is the Best Way to Reheat Salmon?

Salmon is one of the most popular fresh fish eaten in my neighborhood. Everyone is cooking salmon in the oven or on the grill. People eat it with lemon and tartar sauce. What people don’t know is that leftover salmon can be almost as good reheated as it is the first time you eat it.

Salmon is a hearty fish that has a lot of oil. Since it has that oil, it is easy to reheat it without it getting dry. A lot of other kinds of fish are tough to reheat because they dry out.

You can reheat your salmon in the microwave oven and it will be almost as good as when you first ate it. You can reheat your salmon in the conventional oven or the toaster oven, but you need to be sure that it doesn’t dry out. If you don’t have any other options, you can reheat your salmon on the stovetop. If you are feeling adventurous, reheat your salmon on the barbeque grill.

How to Prepare Your Salmon for Reheating

The first time you cooked your salmon, it might have revealed some bone and other gunk that you should remove from the fish. You should coat your fish with a bit of olive oil before reheating it. Salmon is an oily fish, but it can still dry out while reheating.

Reheating Your Salmon in the Microwave

This is the easiest and possibly the best way to reheat your salmon. You only need to reheat your salmon a short time and it will be hot and flakey.

The Microwave Oven

  1. Coat your fish with a thin layer of oil. Melted butter would be an ideal oil to use.
  2. Get a microwave-safe dish.
  3. Put a white paper towel on the microwave-safe dish. Make sure the paper towel does not have any artificial scents or colors.
  4. Put the fish on the paper towel. Make sure the pieces of salmon do not touch each other.
  5. Put another piece of paper towel over the top.
  6. Put the salmon in the microwave oven.
  7. Microwave on high for one minute. If the salmon is not hot after one minute, microwave for another 30 seconds.
  8. The salmon will be done when it is steaming.
  9. Remove the salmon from the microwave.
  10. Enjoy the salmon hot with your favorite beverage such as a white wine.

How To Reheat Your Salmon in the Conventional Oven

Be sure to coat your fish with oil or butter. This will keep it from drying out. Only reheat the salmon long enough to make it hot. You do not want to cook the salmon any longer than it already has.

The Conventional Oven

  1. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees.
  2. Find a baking sheet.
  3. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  4. Put the salmon coated with oil or butter on the aluminum foil.
  5. Place another sheet of aluminum foil over the top to hold in moisture.
  6. Put the baking sheet in the oven once it has reached 420 degrees.
  7. Reheat for 4-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon.
  8. Remove the salmon from the oven. Be sure to use oven mitts or you will burn yourself.
  9. Remove the salmon from the aluminum foil.
  10. Enjoy your salmon hot with your favorite beverage, such as a stout beer.

How to Reheat Your Salmon in the Toaster Oven

Make sure your toaster oven is clean. Remove any pieces of food or burnt bread crusts from the oven. Toaster ovens are great appliances if used correctly, but if you don’t clean them often, they can start a fire.

The Toaster Oven

  1. Find the toaster oven baking tray.
  2. Line the toaster oven baking tray with aluminum foil.
  3. Place the salmon on the aluminum foil. Make sure the pieces are not touching.
  4. Put a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the salmon.
  5. Put the toaster oven tray in the toaster.
  6. Reheat at 420 degrees for 4-6 minutes depending on how thick the salmon is.
  7. Remove the salmon from the toaster oven. The salmon will be done when steam is coming from the aluminum foil.
  8. Be sure to use oven mitts or you might burn yourself.
  9. Remove the salmon from the aluminum foil.
  10. Enjoy your salmon hot with your favorite beverage, such as grape Kool Aid.  

How to Reheat Your Salmon on the Stovetop.

Coat your salmon with oil to maintain its moisture. Make sure the stovetop is free of clutter because you can start a fire. This is probably the first time you have used your stove top, so familiarize yourself with all the buttons. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy in case something lights on fire.

The Stovetop

  1. Find a medium sized sautee pan.
  2. Put a small amount of water in the pan’s bottom.
  3. Heat the water on medium heat until it is boiling.
  4. Put the salmon in a piece of aluminum foil.
  5. Put the aluminum foil in the water for 4-6 minutes.
  6. Check to see that the salmon is hot before removing it from the pan.
  7. Remove the aluminum foil.
  8. Enjoy the salmon hot with your favorite beverage, such as chocolate milk.

How to Reheat Your Salmon on the Barbeque Grill

Turn the gas grill on and let it heat. Make sure you remove any pieces of food from the bottom of the grill because they can ignite and start a fire. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy in case a small fire gets out of control.

The Barbeque Grill

  1. Set the temperature to 420 degrees. Let the grill heat for about 5 minutes with the top door closed.
  2. Coat your fish liberally with melted butter or oil.
  3. Wrap the salmon in aluminum foil. Leave a small opening at the top so moisture can escape.
  4. Grill the leftover salmon for about 3 minutes per side. The salmon will be done when steam is coming out of the top of the foil.
  5. Remove the salmon from the grill. Use barbeque tongs to remove the salmon. Be careful not to burn yourself.
  6. Remove the aluminum foil from the fish. 
  7. Enjoy hot with your favorite beverage such as cheap beer.

Conclusion

Salmon is a very versatile fish and there are many ways to reheat it. Just be sure that you don’t reheat it too long and use oil or butter to keep the fish moist. 

You can reheat your salmon in the microwave oven and the results will be fantastic. If you don’t have a microwave, reheat your salmon in the conventional over or the toaster oven. Reheat your salmon on the stovetop if you want to go the traditional way. If you are feeling adventurous, reheat your salmon on the grill and have a little party with your friends.