salmonThe right amount of time to bake salmon at 375 degrees is about 20 minutes. One of the best ways to ensure that your fish comes out fully cooked, moist, and flavorful is to bake it in a foil pouch. Our favorite baked salmon recipe calls for wrapping the salmon in foil along with rosemary, lemon, and garlic before you put it in the oven. To test the fish for doneness, you can take its temperature at the thickest part, looking for a temperature of 145 degrees. You can also test it with a fork; if the flesh flakes easily, the fish is ready.

salmonIt only takes about 10 minutes to bake salmon in a 425-degree oven. However, when you cook salmon at such a high temperature, it’s much more likely that you’ll overcook it. Our preferred baked salmon recipe calls for you to set your oven to 375 degrees and cook the salmon inside a foil pouch. Both of these strategies can help to ensure that you end up with moist, delicious salmon that’s properly cooked all the way through. If you want to be absolutely sure that your fish is done, stick a meat thermometer in it: When it registers 145 degrees, dinner is ready.

salmonThe time to bake frozen salmon will be about a half-hour at 425 degrees. For the best results, cover the fish before cooking to help keep moisture in; you can uncover it partway through cooking if you like the outside crispy, though be warned that baking fish from frozen can make it more prone to dryness. Frozen fish will also cook less evenly, so you’ll want to take its temperature in a few different spots to make sure that it’s done: Salmon is considered safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

salmonThe bake time for salmon at 350 degrees Fahrenheit is 22 minutes if it’s cooked uncovered; you can shave a few minutes off by wrapping it in foil. However, for the best results, it’s better to cook baked salmon at 375 degrees. Wrap your fish in a foil pouch so it can steam in its own juices, then bake it at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork. If you like your salmon a bit crispy, uncover it at the end and pop it under the broiler for a minute or two.

salmonThe bake time for salmon at 400 degrees Fahrenheit is between 12 and 18 minutes. This is for an average-size piece of fish that’s not wrapped; cooking salmon in a pouch will shorten your total bake time. However, we don’t recommend baking salmon at 400 degrees or without putting it in a pouch: Our preferred recipe for baked salmon is to wrap it in foil and bake it at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, which will give you nicely cooked salmon without drying it out. If you like your salmon a little crispy, unwrap it and give it a few minutes under the broiler at the end.

salmonOur recommended temperature for baked salmon fillet is 375 degrees. At that temperature, your salmon will take around 20 minutes to cook, depending on the thickness of your fillet. We suggest making baked salmon wrapped in foil, which helps it to steam in its own juices so it won’t dry out. If you’re in a hurry, you can crank up the oven temperature; obviously, the higher the oven temperature, the shorter the bake time. It will only take 15 minutes to bake salmon at 400 degrees or 10 minutes at 425 degrees, but be careful: There’s a fine line between underdone and overdone, and it’s easier to cross that line in a hotter oven.

How to Bake the Perfect Salmon Fillet