The Ultimate Guide To Cooking Frozen Salmon
Can you cook Salmon from Frozen?
One of the most popular questions we get asked is “can you cook Salmon from frozen”, the answer is YES, it’s easy, and there are lots of different ways to cook Salmon from frozen. Each method is just as good as the other -the method you choose is down to personal preference. Cooking salmon from frozen is very convenient, great for the evenings you need a quick meal, just grab it from the freezer and you’re off! We have put together some guidelines below, tried & tested for the perfect cooked from frozen Salmon…
Oven cooking salmon
Lightly brush the salmon fillet with olive oil and season with a little salt & pepper. Place the lightly oiled, seasoned portions in an oven proof dish, at this point you can add a little lemon juice or knob of butter if you like, then cover the dish with the lid or aluminium foil. Make sure the lid / foil is tight enough so that no steam can escape – cooking time – 18 – 20 minutes at 170 degrees C.
Cooking Salmon in the Microwave
Lightly brush the Salmon with a little olive oil, just enough to have a little shine all over, then season with salt & pepper and place in the salmon portions in a microwave oven proof dish, wrap the dish in cling film and cook for 7 – 8 minutes (900 watts). If you microwave oven has less wattage increase by 1 minute. Once the salmon has cooked through leave the dish to stand for 30 seconds, then remove the cling film and serve.
Pan Frying Salmon
Pan frying is not recommended when cooking salmon from frozen – if you would like pan fry it is best to defrost the salmon first. Take out of the freezer and let defrost.
Place the frozen salmon fillets in a shallow pan, fill the pan with liquor until the salmon portions are almost covered. Poach on a medium heat for 10 – 12 minutes. Liquor can be fish stock, vegetable stock etc. A drop of wine can be added depending on your taste.
A posh name for boil in the bag. To be fair at a lower regulated temperature which gives a great texture and helps for great presentation. If you have Sous Vide equipment the instructions for cooking a 6 oz portion will be in the guide.
To give an idea a low temperature of 46 deg C for about 50 minutes. Finish off in a pan with oil or butter to give colour.
If you have bought frozen portions vacuumed packed you’re ready to go. Just remember to add seasoning and lemon juice and/or herbs when finishing off in the pan. If you are doing the Sous Vide packing then you add the seasoning, oil, lemon and herbs to the pack before placing in the water bath.
Foods and Sauces that compliment Salmon
You may wonder what is best to serve with Salmon and although there are lots of things to compliment salmon we tend to change this depending on the time of year.
One perfect all year round match is Asparagus, you can’t go wrong with Salmon & Asparagus, just add your favourite carbohydrate and you have a healthy balanced meal. In spring & summertime, a simple green or mixed salad with parsley buttered new potatoes and a serving of coleslaw is just the thing, of course, a jacket potato is just as tasty (you can lose the butter if you are being good). In the wintertime a perfect accompaniment is savoy cabbage mixed with leeks and bacon, we use savoy as it is a little sweeter than regular cabbage. The best addition to this is roasted potatoes, simple yet delicious!
If you like a sauce with your salmon there are quite a few that are just great: Dill sauce, Lemon sauce, Parsley Sauce, Sweet chilli sauce and the old favourite Hollandaise sauce. All of these sauces can be bought ready-made from your local supermarket but if you prefer to make them yourself please see our recipe page for full instructions.
A Seafresh favourite
Salmon En Croute is one of the most popular dishes we get asked about, this is Salmon Fillet topped with a creamy dill / lemon sauce that is then wrapped in puff pastry, not only extremely delicious and very comforting it is an impressive dish to serve – delicious. We have our very own Salmon En Croute that you can buy readymade, you simply add to a baking tray from frozen and bake for 30 minutes! Super quick and easy for busy households. You can buy the readymade Salmon En Croute at www.seafreshuk.com/salmon-en-croute or we have a fabulous recipe on our recipe page you can easily follow to make your own. For real lovers of Salmon, a new favourite at Seafresh is our delicious sockeye salmon.