How to Reheat Salmon: 5 Best Methods

How to reheat salmon

Want to learn how to reheat salmon so that it’s not dry? Stick around as we share several methods…

Salmon is touted as one of the healthiest and most delicious meals. From being grilled, baked, glazed, and everything in between, there’s no denying that this fish is one of the top favorite meals all over the world.

As a matter of fact, many feasts on this dish on special occasions. Because salmon is easily cooked in big batches, it makes sense to have leftovers for days or even weeks.

Salmon Meal

While cooking and baking this flavorful and juicy dish is as easy as it gets, heating it without drying it out or stinking up your place is a whole other matter.

After all, nothing ruins your leftover food faster than overcooking it, right? As long as you know how to reheat salmon, your leftovers will surely be a hit even days after you first cooked it.

While many say that fish can never taste good on the second day, you can certainly prove these detractors wrong with these tried and true tips.

If you have leftovers or plan to make a big batch of this pink fish, below we’ve compiled the best ways to successfully reheat salmon. Read on to learn more.

How to Reheat Salmon

Now that you know what salmon is, it’s time to familiarize yourself with reheating this fish. Check the following methods below.

1. How to Reheat Salmon on Stovetop

Stovetop - How to Reheat Salmon

Perhaps one of the easiest and most accessible ways you can reheat salmon is by using your stovetop.

  1. In using the stovetop method, generously add olive oil or other fat such as butter or ghee to help the fish retain its moisture.
  2. Using olive oil to dress the fish prior to cooking not only allows you to preserve the flavor, but it also serves as a protective barrier from the heat of the pan.
  3. Warm the salmon fillets on medium-low flame for around six minutes on each side while covering them.

2. How to Reheat Salmon Using Microwave

Microwave - How to Reheat Salmon

While most of us may revert to the microwave for a quick fix, using this appliance actually does more harm than good.

Microwave ovens tend to dry out food with their high power.

Plus, this appliance is also known to release the fishy odor associated with salmon (and other types of seafood).

In a pinch, however, you can use it by keeping the heat low and reheating the fish in 20- to 30-second increments.

These intervals allow you to reheat the salmon as well as gauge its temperature and texture.

3. How to Reheat Salmon Using an Oven

Oven - How to Reheat Salmon

The optimal way of reheating salmon is via the oven. Even a toaster oven would do.

  1. To help keep its flavor and moisture, bake the salmon at a low temperature, around 275 Fahrenheit, for 15 minutes.
  2. I also covered it with foil.
  3. To avoid crisping up its edges or further browning, you may add a splash of water or some olive oil.
  4. You can also squeeze some lemon on top for a refreshing taste.

4. How to Reheat Salmon on the Grill

Grill Salmon

Last but certainly not least you can use the grill to heat your favorite fish. Since your salmon is already cooked, it might be prone to breaking apart.

  1. To avoid this, wrap the fish in parchment paper together with a splash or two of olive oil as well as other seasonings.
  2. Wrap this again in foil and place it in on the grill via indirect heat for 15 minutes.

5. How to Reheat Salmon Using an Air Fryer

Air Fryer

Another reheating method you can try is using the air fryer. This will give you a healthy alternative to traditional frying methods.

  1. Simply place the salmon in the air fryer basket.
  2. Set the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  3. Reheat the salmon for about 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Check to see if the salmon is warm enough for your desire. 

Bonus: How to Reheat Salmon Using Steam

Another method you can try is steaming the fish. This is particularly helpful if the fish itself has been steamed.

Steaming allows the salmon to get moisture without drying it out from reheating.

Plus, it may coax the juices of the fish to come out again.

What Is Salmon?


Salmon is a type of fish native to the waters of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, thus earning them the name Atlantic salmon and Pacific salmon.

While considered saltwater fish, adults swim upstream to where they hatched in order to lay eggs or spawn more fish.

The inner layer of salmon has a pinkish-orange hue, while its outer layer has silver scales.

Due to the steady demand for salmon worldwide, this fish is now commercially farmed and sold throughout the world.

It has since become one of the most nutritious food items as it is loaded with various vitamins and nutrients.

As a fatty fish, it boasts of omega-3 fatty acids which aid in reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure, as well as reducing the risk of cancer.

It is also a great source of protein, B vitamins, and potassium, and may help in lowering the risk of heart diseases.

The Bottom Line

With these reheating tips, you can now have your salmon as fresh and delicious as when it was first cooked.

Go ahead and give these a try and see which of these methods work best for you. Hope you enjoyed this article about how you can reheat salmon at home. Cheers!

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