Can You Bake Frozen Salmon?

January 14, 2024   8 Comments

Can you bake frozen salmon? This is the wrong question.

Can You Bake Frozen Salmon?

The right question is, “Why haven’t you tried baking frozen salmon?”. Maybe you are one of those people who always has it together and remembers to take the salmon out of the freezer to thaw.

I am not one of those people.

I am the type to realize that she forgot to thaw her dinner as she walks in the door and begins to dial take-out. Don’t do it!

Instead go ahead and bake your frozen salmon. It takes a little bit longer (between 5-10 minutes in the oven) but it is completely wonderful!

I keep coming back to frozen salmon because it is so good for you and it is farmed sustainably. Check out the Seafood Watch website to learn about the latest sustainable salmon.

Salmon is one of those foods that is high in protein and low in saturated fat. I wish it was less expensive because I would eat it more often. This BBC health benefits of salmon article is an excellent resource to convince you to give it a shot.

I have featured cooking frozen salmon in the oven which is almost the same recipe as this one except it uses dried dill and lemon.

Also, I have a Baked Salmon and Asparagus Recipe which will work with frozen salmon. Just add 5-10 minutes to the recipe.

I sprayed aluminum foil with non-stick spray in an attempt to keep the cleaning to a minimum. You don’t not have to use aluminum foil or anything under your fish. Do place the frozen salmon skin side down on the tray.

Then you add salt, pepper, and the brown sugar and mustard mixture.

For the mixture of brown sugar and mustard, please adjust for your taste. Some of you may not want ANY sugar at all. I find that a 50/50 blend is pretty good but I also like only mustard when I am in a big hurry. Taste the mixture to see what you think!

It only takes 15 minutes in a 400 F oven for this to cook (maybe up to 20 depending on the oven).

Have you tried to bake salmon from frozen? How did it work out?

How To Bake Frozen Salmon Recipe

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Makes 2 servings

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2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
2 frozen pieces salmon fillet (about 6 ounces each), with skin


Heat the oven to 400 F degrees. Spray a foil rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and Dijon. Place salmon fillets on a rimmed baking sheet with the skin side down. Top with salt and pepper and using a spoon or brush, lather mustard mixture onto the fish. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until fish is thawed and cooked through. The fish will be a bright pink and a bit flaky. Serve with a salad or side vegetable.

Nutrition Facts

For one salmon fillet = 257 calories, 11.6 g fat, 1.6 g saturated fat, 3.8 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 35.2 g protein, 0.5 g fiber, 257 mg sodium, 5 Green, 0 Blue, 0 Purple SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Two days ago I realized I had some frozen rockfish from just off the Oregon coast that a fisherman friend of mine had given me. It was dinner time and the family was very hungry, as we had all had a long day at work/school/etc.. I used a black pepper, garlic, and avocado oil rub and, after brushing that on top of the frozen fish, I crumbled some dry cilantro on it and popped it in the oven! The cilantro gave it that citrus taste we all love on our fish, while adding to the garlic and pepper zest. Needless to say, the family loved it!

Thank you for posting our recipes!

Justin Baker

I also cook frozen salmon fillets in my George Foreman grill. I line it with foil, spray it with non-stick spray, place the salmon skin side down on the foil & season it, the fold the foil over the salmon, plug in the grill & the salmon thaws out while the grill warm up! So fast and easy! I'm single & work out of town, so I double hate cooking! ;) I cook 2 fillets at a time & have dinner ready the 2nd day when I get home. Just wrap it in the foil & it heats quickly in the oven.

I always cook my fish frozen.

For speed I use my toaster oven and a small cast iron skillet, bake for about 20 minutes, at the halfway mark I flip the fish and add broccoli or other quick cooking vegetables.

Perfect for making lunch before work.

Yes!! I have done this for about 10 years both in the oven and on the stove top. I LOVE it...I find wild salmon filets at my local 99 cent store from time to time and I stock up...I cook them and out them in my salads! So yummy...

I have found that if I do NOT spray the tin foil prior to cooking the salmon, the skin sticks to the foil and I don't have to mess with it on the plate.

@rhoda - great tip! thank you.

I haven't tried this particular recipe, but I always bake or broil my salmon (and sometimes other fish) frozen. I found that this way it comes out much better than thawed, tasting more like fresh. I usually can find a whole side of salmon at a great price, but it is huge. So I cut it in pieces sized for one family dinner, cook one right away, wrap separately and freeze the rest. I experiment with different toppings and sauces, and line the pan with parchment paper. No need to grease it, as the salmon will release a lot of fat of its own. You can also flip over the salmon at the end of the cooking, or transfer it to a stove-top skillet for a few minutes, so the skin will crisp nicely, and you might want to eat it.

Thanks, Lisa. I'll try your mustard-brown sugar seasoning! For an easy, low-fuss meal ready in about 40 minutes, put frozen fish (e.g., salmon, tilapia) in a steamer basket nestled above a rice cooker that is cooking rinsed rice in water. About 10-15 minutes before the rice is done, place some butter or coconut oil onto the fish and also dust fish with desired seasonings (e.g., Bruschetta, Montreal Steak, or salt & pepper). Remove any skin after cooking and feed it to your dogs for a special, nutritious treat.

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