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    4-6 mins

How to Microwave Salmon

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Fish? In the microwave?! Yes you can, and yes, you should. Before you write it off, here’s why microwaving salmon is a technique worth trying: Not only is it quick and easy (especially if you are short on time), but it’s also a healthier option because there’s no need to add any cooking oil. As if you need another reason, Chef David Chang swears by microwaved-steamed salmon as one of his go-to meals on busy weeknights.

Choose Serving Size

One 4-6oz piece

Two 4-6oz pieces

Three 4-6oz pieces

Four 4-6oz pieces

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

4-6 mins

How to Microwave Salmon

(4 reviews)

Fish? In the microwave?! Yes you can, and yes, you should. Before you write it off, here’s why microwaving salmon is a technique worth trying: Not only is it quick and easy (especially if you are short on time), but it’s also a healthier option because there’s no need to add any cooking oil. As if you need another reason, Chef David Chang swears by microwaved-steamed salmon as one of his go-to meals on busy weeknights.

Choose Serving Size

One 4-6oz piece

Two 4-6oz pieces

Three 4-6oz pieces

Four 4-6oz pieces

Recipe written for 1000w microwaves.

Why Use An Anyday? When using an Anyday dish, salmon takes 3-5 minutes to cook in the microwave, whereas other methods like air-frying or roasting take more than double the time. Cook fresh filets, or cook them straight out of the freezer — no defrosting necessary (just add a little more cook time). Bonus: the steam-trapping Anyday lid keeps any fishy smells inside the dish, not soaring through your kitchen.

Why Use An Anyday?
When using an Anyday dish, salmon takes 3-5 minutes to cook in the microwave, whereas other methods like air-frying or roasting take more than double the time. Cook fresh filets, or cook them straight out of the freezer — no defrosting necessary (just add a little more cook time). Bonus: the steam-trapping Anyday lid keeps any fishy smells inside the dish, not soaring through your kitchen.

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The Medium Shallow Dish
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The Large Shallow Dish
$45

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This dish’s large, flat bottom is great for casseroles, long veggies, fish filets, crispy bacon, and more.

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The Extra Large Dish
$60

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$60

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At 12 cups capacity, this is our largest dish — the perfect addition to any set.

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Salmon: 4 Ways

Customize your microwaved salmon with these recipe ideas.

Thai Red Curry

Cover salmon with store-bought curry sauce and cook in the microwave. Garnish with lime and cilantro.

Miso Butter

Combine equal parts miso, brown sugar, and butter together. Spread onto salmon and microwave.

Ginger-Soy

Combine soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, garlic, and honey and pour over salmon. 

Garlic & Herb

Combine dijon mustard, chopped garlic, dried parsley, and salt and spread onto salmon.

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Anyday can be used to cook in the microwave, oven, or even the air fryer

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Cook or reheat your food, then serve in the same dish

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Everything you need to know about microwaving salmon

How long does salmon take to cook in the microwave?

Ingredient Power Level Cook Time
One 4-6oz piece salmon 4 4-6 mins
Two 4-6 oz pieces salmon 4 5-7 mins
Three 4-6 oz pieces salmon 4 7-9 mins
Four 4-6 oz pieces 4 9-11 mins
Cook time calculated for 1000w microwave

The amount of time it takes to cook salmon in the microwave will depend on the size and thickness of the fish, as well as the wattage of your microwave. As a general rule, you should microwave salmon for about 3-4 minutes per half-pound of fish. So, if you have a 1-pound piece of salmon, you should microwave it for about 6-7 minutes.

How to tell when salmon is cooked through

To be certain that your salmon is cooked through, use a food thermometer to check that the internal temperature reads at least 145°F. You can also test the salmon for doneness by flaking it gently with a fork – if it flakes easily and is opaque in the center, it's cooked through.

How to freeze microwaved salmon

Place the fresh salmon in a plastic bag or airtight container, removing as much air as possible. Then freeze at 0° F or lower (ideally). Label the salmon with the date it was frozen and use it within 3-6 months. When you're ready to defrost the salmon, refrigerate it to thaw safely. You can also cook salmon directly from frozen, placing it in an Anyday Shallow dish and adding 1-minute intervals to the suggested cook time until the fish is cooked through.

Does it matter what type of salmon to use?

The reason why the type of salmon matters is mostly due to the fat content! Atlantic salmon filets tend to be on the fattier side, making it easier for that fat to congeal with high heat. Leaner salmon varieties such as Coho or King may offer a faster cook time, but with less fat (and therefore, flavor). Consider adding more olive oil or other flavorful fats to boost the flavor profile of these salmon varieties.

Should I cook salmon at a lower power level?

If you’d like to cook your salmon more gently, cook at a lower power level for longer time. Try Power Level 7 for 5 minutes and see how well the fish flakes! If it’s still raw in the middle, add another 30 seconds of time.