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How to Reheat Salmon

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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 2


  • Leftover salmon
  • Lemon juice or olive oil


How To Reheat Salmon in the Oven

  • Preheat your oven to  275-300 degrees F, squeeze some lemon juice on your salmon, tightly wrap it in foil, and bake for fifteen minutes. The lemon juice will add flavor and help add moisture.

How to Reheat Salmon in an Air Fryer

  • Set your air fryer to 360 degrees F, placing your salmon skin-side down in the basket. Be sure to line the basket with parchment paper to prevent the salmon from sticking. Cook for five minutes until the salmon is nice and hot. 

How to Reheat Salmon by Steaming

  • Set up a steamer, fill it with water, and wait until the water simmers. If you don’t have a steamer, set a pan with water over heat. When your water is simmering, you can put a smaller pan inside with the salmon in the middle of the smaller pan. Cover this steamer, letting the fish cook for 4-5 minutes. 

How To Reheat Salmon in the Microwave

  • Pour a tablespoon of water, lemon juice, or sauce into the bottom of a microwave-safe dish and add the salmon on top. Now cover this dish with plastic wrap (not foil!) and microwave the salmon for 30 seconds at a time until it’s hot.

How to Reheat Smoked Salmon

  • Drizzle the top with olive oil, creating a moisture barrier. Then you’ll tent the fish in foil, which keeps it from burning. Then pour a little water or broth into the package, bake in the oven at 300 F, and leave it in there for 15 minutes, or until the fish is hot. 


Avoid the microwave: While you can use the microwave if you absolutely must, we recommend the other reheating methods in this list. The risk of drying out your salmon is simply too high. It can also make your kitchen smell of fish for a long time after making your salmon.

Add moisture: Salmon inevitably loses some moisture during any heating process. Make sure to rub a tablespoon of olive oil or squeeze half a lemon into the fish. Both of these methods will help to preserve the fish’s natural flavor and moisture content.

Be patient: The trick to reheating salmon is to take your time. Preheat your oven to 300 F, allow time to leave the fillet for fifteen minutes, and understand that low and slow cooking is directly proportional to your salmon cooking well.

Cover the fish: Always lightly wrap your salmon in foil to help trap the moisture in and around the fish, and prevent any fishy odor from escaping the oven. This also keeps the edges of the fish from drying out before the fish is warm.

Get creative: Don’t feel like you’re limited to your original recipe when reheating leftovers. You can slice up the original fillet for use in a salad, or use the cold fillets as a feature.

  • Prep Time: 1 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Salmon recipes
  • Cuisine: American