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How to Cook Frozen Salmon Fillets Without Defrosting

by Amber Canaan

Don't ditch your plans for a delicious salmon dinner simply because you forgot to thaw the fish. Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse, containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like astaxanthin. Skip defrosting this fortified fish altogether if you find yourself crunched for time. Cooking it straight from the freezer makes it easy to get the recommended two servings of fish per week as recommended by the Mayo Clinic.

Grill It

Rinse frozen salmon fillets under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels. Frozen fillets are often ice glazed to help preserve them from freezer burn and maintain their fresh taste once cooked. Rinsing the fillets eliminates the ice glaze, reducing water content and allowing seasonings to stick to the fish.

Place the salmon fillet on the dull side of a piece of aluminum foil. Brush the salmon with oil such as grape seed or peanut. These oils have a high smoke point and will not burn easily. Season the salmon your favorite seasonings, such as salt, pepper, cajun seasoning and garlic.

Fold the foil to create a little packet with the salmon in the center. Place the packet on a grill preheated to medium heat, or about 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the salmon for 16 to 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Sear It

Rinse the salmon fillets in cold water to remove the ice glaze. Pat them dry with paper towels to ensure proper browning. Brush each fillet with oil.

Preheat a pan over medium-high heat. Place the frozen fillets skin side up in the pan. Cook the fillets for 3 to 4 minutes before flipping the fillets. Season the fillets with your favorite seasonings after turning them.

Place a tight fitting lid on the pan and cook for 6 to 8 minutes over medium heat.

Steam It

Fill a large saucepan with 1 inch of water and bring it to a boil. Season to taste.

Create a bed in the steamer with onions, lettuce or citrus fruit slices to prevent the salmon from sticking to the steamer.

Rinse the fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Lay the fillets in the steamer and cover with a lid.

Steam the fish for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the fillets are opaque at their thickest point.

Items you will need
  • Paper towels
  • Oil
  • Seasonings
  • Pan with lid
  • Saucepan with steaming insert
  • Onions, lettuce or citrus slices

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