How to cook frozen salmon in the oven, pressure cooker or air fryer instructions are here. Cooking frozen fish is easier than you think!
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.
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 at ButcherBox 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.
Air fryer frozen salmon is killer. 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.
Then in a small bowl whisk together dill butter to drizzle on 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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How to Cook Frozen Salmon
- 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.