The Absolute Best Ways To Reheat Salmon

There are plenty of reasons to love salmon. It's delicious and can be cooked in many different ways, but its benefits extend beyond its taste and versatility. According to Healthline, salmon is a rich source of protein, Vitamin B, Omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium. It even has astaxanthin, which can lower the risk of heart disease by increasing good cholesterol levels and can aid in weight loss.

And while it has some fantastic benefits, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. For example, there may have been times you might have ordered or cooked a piece of salmon only to find that your eyes were bigger than your stomach and had leftovers. When this happens, you usually have two choices — three if you have a pet that eats fish. You can leave it behind, take it home and give it to your pet, or take it home and reheat it. And while you may not always want to be bothered with having to reheat your leftover salmon, we're hoping we have a few tips that might help you change your mind.

Your oven is your best friend

While it can be difficult to maintain the texture of freshly cooked fish, using a microwave to reheat salmon is one way to guarantee that your salmon will dry out. This is because microwave ovens are designed to heat things up quickly. Not only can a blast of heat from the microwave dry out your once beautiful piece of salmon, but it can also emit an unpalatable fishy aroma. 

Instead, experts agree that the best way to reheat salmon is using an oven. After preheating the oven between 275 to 300F, you should warm your salmon filet inside for 15 minutes. BluGlacier says the lower and slower your oven is, the better your leftover salmon will taste. Your leftovers will also benefit from being covered with foil, so that the outer sections of the fish don't get overcooked while the thicker sections stay cold. The Kitchn also recommends you manage your expectations and understand that your leftovers may not taste as good as they did when fresh.

If you must use a microwave to warm your leftovers, The Manual says you can reheat your salmon the same way you would with an oven. Cover your salmon with a paper towel or a lid to keep moisture locked in and use your microwave's low setting — about 30%, and set for thirty seconds. Then flip the salmon, add whatever sides you might want to have with it and microwave for another 30 seconds.