Perfect Salmon:
Five Foolproof Ways

WILD CAUGHT SALMON IS THE HOME COOK’S SECRET WEAPON:

a friend to all flavors, tender but sturdy, ready in minutes. From pan seared salmon for one to grilled whole salmon for a crowd, these instructions, videos and tips will help you master how to cook salmon. This guide is brought to you by the fishermen of Bristol Bay, the world’s most abundant source of wild sustainable sockeye salmon. We gathered some of our favorite fish friends to show you how to cook salmon fast, wild and easy.

How to Cook Salmon

Learn how to cook salmon with these 5 foolproof techniques, plus helpful tips from salmon experts.

If you've got an oven and a baking dish or sheet pan, then you're all set to create this basic baked salmon recipe and master how to roast salmon! If you've got an oven and a baking dish or sheet pan, then you're all set to create this basic baked salmon recipe and master how to roast salmon! If you've got an oven and a baking dish or sheet pan, then you're all set to create this basic baked salmon recipe and master how to roast salmon!

Baking

If you've got an oven and a baking dish or sheet pan, then you're all set to create this basic baked salmon recipe and master how to roast salmon!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Line a baking dish with foil. Coat salmon with cooking oil on both sides and season to your liking.
  3. Place salmon, skin-side down, in baking dish and bake for 10-15 minutes or until done.
  4. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Roasted or baked salmon has never been easier thanks to "Alaska from Scratch" cookbook author and chef Maya Wilson.
Award-winning chef Barton Seaver teaches a simple method for baked salmon. The secret is low and slow.

Pan Searing

Pan seared salmon is a good technique for beginners. We recommend using a seasoned cast iron skillet, but any non-stick pan will do.

  1. Coat salmon on both sides with cooking oil.
  2. Add enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Place salmon, skin-side up, into pan and cook until browned, about 4 minutes.
  4. Carefully flip salmon and cook for another 3 minutes or until done.
Pan seared salmon is a good technique for beginners. We recommend using a seasoned cast iron skillet, but any non-stick pan will do. Pan seared salmon is a good technique for beginners. We recommend using a seasoned cast iron skillet, but any non-stick pan will do. Pan seared salmon is a good technique for beginners. We recommend using a seasoned cast iron skillet, but any non-stick pan will do.
Learn an easy method for pan-seared wild Alaska sockeye salmon with YouTube chef Adam Ragusea. Pan seared salmon is quick, healthy, and delicious!
Poaching salmon is similar to steaming, but doesn't require any special tools. Add ingredients to the poaching water such as white wine, lemon, dill and garlic so the salmon gets a flavor boost during cooking. Poaching salmon is similar to steaming, but doesn't require any special tools. Add ingredients to the poaching water such as white wine, lemon, dill and garlic so the salmon gets a flavor boost during cooking. Poaching salmon is similar to steaming, but doesn't require any special tools. Add ingredients to the poaching water such as white wine, lemon, dill and garlic so the salmon gets a flavor boost during cooking.

Poaching

Poaching salmon is similar to steaming, but doesn't require any special tools. Add ingredients to the poaching water such as white wine, lemon, dill and garlic so the salmon gets a flavor boost during cooking.

  1. Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Fill a straight-sided pan one-third of the way with poaching liquid and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully place the salmon in the pan. Cover, reduce heat and gently simmer the salmon for 7-9 minutes.
Alaskans know how to cook salmon. Bristol Bay locals Susie Jenkins-Brito and Apay'uq Moore share tips for poaching salmon.
Check out this delicious recipe for oven poached salmon in parchment paper with Alaska-based chef Kaylah Thomas.

Grilling

Learn how to grill salmon- a simple technique that adds great flavor to your fish.

  1. Preheat grill to very hot.
  2. Pat the salmon dry and brush with oil on both sides. Season salmon with your favorite flavors, or keep it simple with salt and pepper.
  3. Place salmon, skin-side down. Cook for 5-6 minutes, and flip. Cook 2-7 more minutes or until done.
Learn how to grill salmon- a simple technique that adds great flavor to your fish. Learn how to grill salmon- a simple technique that adds great flavor to your fish. Learn how to grill salmon- a simple technique that adds great flavor to your fish.
Learn these fast, easy steps to a perfect piece of grilled salmon from Chef Kevin Benner of Aqua by El Gaucho.
Making steamed salmon can help lock in flavors you wouldn't be able to achieve with other methods of cooking. Making steamed salmon can help lock in flavors you wouldn't be able to achieve with other methods of cooking. Making steamed salmon can help lock in flavors you wouldn't be able to achieve with other methods of cooking.

Steaming

Making steamed salmon can help lock in flavors you wouldn't be able to achieve with other methods of cooking.

  1. Find a pot that your steamer basket fits snugly on top of and fill halfway with water. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Line steamer basket with parchment paper and place salmon in steamer. Salt and pepper the salmon and add your favorite herbs and spices.
  3. Cover and place on top of the pot of boiling water. Steam salmon for 7-10 minutes or until done.
Renowned chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas teaches us all how tasty and simple steamed salmon can be!

HOW TO TELL WHEN SALMON IS DONE

Flesh should be pale orange and flaky on the outside with a bright orange opaque center.

The center of the salmon should be slightly translucent – the fish will continue to cook after you’ve removed it from the heat.

Put a fork in it! Insert a fork or knife into the thickest part of the salmon to test the color and flakiness.

Sockeye salmon is best served medium rare or with internal temperature between 110-120 F.

How do you tell when salmon is done? What does opaque salmon look like? Learn these expert tips from "Alaska from Scratch" cookbook author and chef Maya Wilson.
HOW TO TELL WHEN SALMON IS DONE by Chef Maya Wilson
How to Tell When
Salmon is Done

How do you tell when salmon is done? What does opaque salmon look like? Learn these expert tips from “Alaska from Scratch” cookbook author and chef Maya Wilson.

Expert Tips

How to Get Crispy Skin
Learn how to get perfect crispy skin on salmon with Alaska-based chef Chef Kaylah Thomas.
Check out this delicious recipe for oven poached salmon in parchment paper with Alaska-based chef Kaylah Thomas.
How to Get Crispy Skin

Learn how to get perfect crispy skin on salmon with Alaska-based chef Chef Kaylah Thomas.

How to Remove Salmon Skin
Prepare your salmon with confidence. Bristol Bay locals Apay'uq Moore and Susie Jenkins-Brito teach you how to remove salmon skin.
Alaskans know how to cook salmon. Bristol Bay locals Susie Jenkins-Brito and Apay'uq Moore share tips for poaching salmon and skinning salmon.
How to Remove Salmon Skin

Prepare your salmon with confidence. Bristol Bay locals Apay’uq Moore and Susie Jenkins-Brito teach you how to remove salmon skin.

How to Smoke Salmon
BBQ pitmaster and "Hardcore Carnivore" author Jess Pryles shares a simple, easy method for hot smoking salmon.
How to Smoke Salmon

BBQ pitmaster and “Hardcore Carnivore” author Jess Pryles shares a simple, easy method for hot smoking salmon.

How to Distinguish Farmed vs. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon vs farmed salmon – what's the difference? YouTube chef Adam Ragusea teaches you how to distinguish between farmed and wild salmon by sight, and why you should choose wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Wild salmon vs farmed salmon – what's the difference? YouTube chef Adam Ragusea teaches you how to distinguish between farmed and wild salmon by sight, and why you should choose wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska.
How to Distinguish Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

Wild salmon vs farmed salmon – what’s the difference? YouTube chef Adam Ragusea teaches you how to distinguish between farmed and wild salmon by sight, and why you should choose wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska.

How to Fillet a Whole Salmon
Learning how to fillet salmon is totally doable and even fun. The pros at Alaska Seafood outline the steps to transform a whole salmon into two beautiful salmon Fillets with ease.
Learning how to fillet salmon is totally doable and even fun. The pros at Alaska Seafood outline the steps to transform a whole salmon into two beautiful salmon Fillets with ease.
How to Fillet a Whole Salmon

Learning how to fillet salmon is totally doable and even fun. The pros at Alaska Seafood outline the steps to transform a whole salmon into two beautiful salmon Fillets with ease.

How to Cook a Whole Salmon
How to Cook a Whole Salmon

No one better to show us how to cook a whole salmon than Alaska fly fishing guide Lael Paul Johnson.

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