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How to Cook Frozen Salmon

How to cook frozen salmon in the oven, pressure cooker or air fryer frozen salmon instructions are here. Cooking frozen fish is easier than you think, gets fork tender without breading so it’s a healthy meal that everyone loves. Try it this week!

How to Cook Frozen Salmon

This is how to cook frozen salmon so it’s tender, flaky and moist without defrosting it first. Frozen fish in the oven recipe is shared down below but we will discuss other great methods too. Just one of our cooking frozen meat posts to help you when you’re forgetful. Try them all and see which is your fave. (affiliate links present)

Cooking Frozen Salmon

It’s a new year and you want to start eating healthier right?? Or maybe you’re just like us and are just seafood obsessed, either way you might need dinner help if it is still rock hard and everyone is starving. Eeeekkk. I have been there, don’t feel guilty we’ve all done it at least once (ok a lot) before.

No worries, I have done the experimenting for you when it comes to cooking frozen fish in the air fryer and whatnot. These tips aren’t just specific to this pretty pink variety, you can use them for other types too. The biggest difference is the thickness of the fillets thus a variance in cook times.

Frozen Salmon

Costco Frozen Salmon

Let’s start with where you’re buying this shall we? Yes you can find this most often in the meat department or in the frozen section where seafood is kept. Another great resource too though is if you want to buy meat online. I have done this many times before online here before snow season happens to stock my freezer.

Then I am prepared when I do not want to leave the house to shop for anything. Pull a goodie like this out and decide how I want to make it. All of them are good, just different. Let’s start with my favorite small kitchen appliance here. Season with with salt and pepper and lay frozen salmon fillets in air fryer basket. Takes about 15 minutes to cook the salmon from frozen this way.

How to Season Frozen Salmon

If you use a small bowl to whisk together dill with butter you can drizzle on halfway thru the cook time and top when serving. OR when seasoning your salmon you make our salmon dry rub with brown sugar and a bit of spice you can just sprinkle on top about halfway thru with olive oil so it sticks really well.

With the salmon skin side down this gets the inside flaky but a bit of crisp on the edges. Test internal temperature at the thickest part of the salmon. If it isn’t quite right yet just close the basket and give it a few more minutes. A bit of crunch on the top is the best. Texture is everything y’all.

frozen salmon air fryer

Salmon Foil Packet

Want it as tender as humanly possible with no crisp at all, no worries. I would use your pressure cooker of choice. Crockpot Express has one, IP of course, or use a Ninja Foodi. You will want a trivet to keep it out of the liquid below. That is necessary because you’re going to essentially steam it until it’s soft.

This only takes a few minutes since it is under very high pressure and you do not want it overdone. That is the absolute worst! There is nothing worse than an overcooked grayish piece of seafood. Don’t even get me started on that, let’s just say it is better a bit underdone in the center than dry. Period.

Just follow our easy Instant Pot frozen salmon recipe with just butter and a squeeze of lemon juice to the tee. You’ll see even though it was hard just minutes before that it still comes out incredible. You may even fool the rest of your family that it was a rock less than an hour beforehand.

frozen salmon instant pot

How to Cook Frozen Salmon in the Oven

Ok now let’s talk about using your oven if you don’t have any of these other appliances. I mean it is rare that I use this but occasionally it does happen. 😉 I like to wrap my baking sheet in non stick aluminum foil just because it makes cleanup a whole lot easier.

  • The entire directions and ingredients used are in the printable recipe card below. Other methods mentioned above you can find by clicking on the blue link you are interested in and that post will pop up for you to read and follow.
  • This is how long to cook salmon at 400 if it is defrosted, timing for hard is below.

You can make simple with just a few seasonings or with a salmon sauce like we did in our oven baked teriyaki salmon in foil recipe.

If you can’t find non stick then just spray some olive oil spray on it and you’re good to go. You could use a coated porcelain baking dish too, that would work. The “sauce” used was just butter, lemon juice, dijon mustard and a bit of diced parsley.

Cooking Frozen Salmon

Baking Frozen Salmon

It does need some sort of liquid to keep it nice and moist. Just a pat of cold butter in the middle with a sprinkle of salt and pepper would work too, I’ve done that when I am in a hurry. The biggest part to this is the temperature and timing. The latter will vary a bit though if you can imagine.

The thicker your pieces are the more or less time it will take to get just right in the center. If you buy a large fillet and cut it into 4 equal pieces (like I do) take note because the ends will cook faster than the center, thick, portion. That works great for us though because my husband likes the middle of his a whole lot more underdone than I do.

And then we have frozen salmon grill style. That is right, this is how to cook frozen salmon on a grill so it comes out tender and doesn’t fall thru the grates.

Frozen Salmon on the Grill

How to Cook Salmon From Frozen

Just like steak I like mine dead dead dead and he’d rather still have it kinda’ swimming (or mooing) if you get my drift. If you aren’t like us then I’d remove the thinner pieces when done, put on a plate covered to stay warm while the other one cooks for a few more minutes.

Need more tips like this one? We recently shared how to cook frozen bacon in the oven too, because I have needed that a time or two.

You can use a cast iron skillet on your stovetop too if it is not rock solid. I don’t make it plain this way though, I add bacon to the outside as well to amp up those killer flavors. Follow our bacon wrapped salmon recipe to try that.

I hope this helps you understand how easily this is to make (in many different ways). Want to learn how to cook calamari and other types of fish recipes too? We

oven baked frozen salmon

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How to Cook Frozen Salmon

How to cook frozen salmon in the oven, pressure cooker or air fryer instructions are here. Cooking frozen fish is easier than you think!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, fish, frozen, how to cook, salmon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 27kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line baking sheet with non stick foil or spray foil with olive oil.
  • Rinse fish with water and then pat dry. Lay on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush melted butter on the top. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Return to the oven for another 8 minutes or until it is as done as you'd like in the thickest portion.
  • Mix together the lemon juice and mustard in a dish, brush on the top with a sprinkle of parsley when served. Serve with a lemon wedge if desired.


Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Frozen Salmon
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 27 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 8mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 10th of January 2024

I often have salmon in the freezer, so this post could not be more helpful! Thanks so much for sharing!


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

These tips on cooking frozen salmon are a game-changer! So glad to have a straightforward method. I often overcook salmon so I can't wait to enjoy a delicious and hassle-free salmon dish.


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

So many great tips here and salmon is always so handy to have in the freezer.


Wednesday 10th of January 2024

Being able to cook from frozen is such a stress reliever. Thanks!

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