Can you cook salmon from frozen?

You certainly can. It's safe and tastes just as good, so if you forgot to defrost your salmon this morning, here's how to cook it from frozen

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It's a question you've probably asked yourself a few times already, can you cook salmon from frozen? In short, yes. There are a few different ways to do it whether you're using an oven, microwave, or even a pan...

We're going to tell you how to cook salmon from frozen, in the oven. So even if you've just realised that you forgot to defrost the salmon fillets you're having for dinner, the good news is that your dinner is still happening! 

It's perfectly possible to cook salmon from frozen, and it shouldn't affect the flavour if you follow all the steps correctly. There is one caveat: we don't recommend cooking very large fillets from frozen. If you have individual fillets of up to 200 to 250g each, you're good to go. Anything large is best defrosted properly before cooking. 

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How to cook salmon from frozen in the oven


1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180ºC fan/gas mark 6. 

2. Wrap the frozen salmon fillets in baking foil, making parcels that can be easily opened later. Do it like you mean it, making sure that the edges are properly sealed together. 

3. Place the parcels of frozen salmon in the baking tray and in the oven for 15 minutes. 

4. After 15 minutes, take out of the oven and open the parcels. Season the fillets and lightly drizzle them with olive oil/honey and soy – you just need something to lubricate your salmon once it's no longer covered by foil. Return to the oven and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes. 

Top tip: Don't wash the fillets before cooking, or you'll end up with salmon that tastes like water. 

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