What Is the Very Best Way to Cook Salmon?

Salmon is one of the most delicious and nutritious fish that you can consume. It is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that promote good health.

However, cooking salmon can be quite a daunting task if you do not know the right way to do it. In this article, we will discuss the very best way to cook salmon.

What kind of salmon should you choose?

Before discussing how to cook salmon, let’s first talk about what kind of salmon you should choose. It is always best to choose wild-caught salmon over farmed salmon.

Wild-caught salmon has a better flavor and texture than farmed salmon. Moreover, it is healthier as it contains fewer toxins than farmed salmon.

How to prepare your Salmon?

Once you have chosen your wild-caught salmon, it’s time to prepare it for cooking. Rinse the fish well under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel. If there are any scales on the skin, scrape them off with a knife or use a scaler.

Seasoning Your Salmon

The next step is seasoning your salmon with salt and pepper or any other spice blend of your choice. Rub the seasoning all over the fish evenly.

Cooking Methods for Salmon

There are several ways to cook salmon – baking, grilling, pan-frying or poaching.


Preheat your oven to 400°F/200°C. Place the seasoned fish on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil paper (for easy clean-up). Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.


Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400°F/200°C). Grease the grill grates with oil or cooking spray.

Place the seasoned fish, skin-side down, on the grill. Grill for 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through.


Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add some oil (1-2 tablespoons) and swirl to coat the pan evenly.

Place the seasoned fish, skin-side down, on the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.


Bring a pot of water to a simmer and add salt (1 tablespoon per quart). Add any aromatics you like such as lemon slices, dill, parsley or bay leaves to flavor the poached salmon. Gently place the seasoned fish in the pot and cook for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.

How to serve your Salmon?

Once your salmon is cooked through, remove it from heat and let it rest for a few minutes. This will allow the juices to distribute evenly throughout the fish and make it more flavorful. Serve your salmon with your favorite sides such as roasted vegetables, rice pilaf or mashed potatoes.

In Conclusion

Salmon is a versatile fish that can be prepared in many ways. Whether you choose to bake, grill, pan-fry or poach your salmon, make sure you choose wild-caught salmon over farmed salmon for better flavor and health benefits. With these tips and tricks in mind, you are now equipped with all the knowledge you need to cook delicious and healthy salmon dishes at home!

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Michael Allen