How to Cook Frozen Salmon

Salmon is one of the most delicious and popular fish on the planet. Salmon naturally has a savory, meaty texture that flakes apart once cooked. It is a versatile fish that takes on the flavor of whatever it is marinated in, but this beautiful fish still retains a distinct, rich, umami taste.  

Our marinated frozen salmon is the highest-quality, premium fish with delectable, chef-selected flavors. We freeze our salmon immediately after marinating so it retains its freshness. Surprisingly, frozen fish is typically fresher than the fish at the grocery store counter. Counter fish is typically frozen and thawed before sale, allowing more time for the fish to go bad.  

Salmon can be intimidating to cook if you don’t have any experience, but in reality, it is not any more difficult than it is to cook a steak to your preferred level of doneness. Instructions are on every box, so you can avoid mistakes and prepare the perfect meal every time. We include individually vacuum-packed portions ready to cook from thawed or frozen. Both thawed and frozen directions are provided on the package for multiple cooking methods, so the chef (that’s you) can decide how to prepare our heavenly salmon fillets. 

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Types of Frozen Salmon

Using Morey’s Salmon makes cooking from frozen a simple task. We’ve created a range of hand-crafted marinades, including Sweet Bourbon with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, Seasoned Grill with notes of garlic and red pepper, Steakhouse with notes of jalapeño and rosemary, and Lemon Herb with citrus notes. 

Morey’s offers both Atlantic Farmed Salmon and Wild Salmon (from the sea), which are delicious. Packaging will indicate whether the salmon is Wild or Atlantic. Both products are of the highest quality, and we use premium cuts of salmon, no matter which you purchase. We are passionate about partnering with responsible fishers to ensure we keep our ocean life healthy and flourishing. 

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Cooking Methods for Frozen Salmon

Frozen marinated salmon is delicious when cooked in the oven, on the grill, or in a pan. 

The key is to remember that whether you cook salmon from frozen or thawed, the recommended internal temperature is 145°F (63°C). We suggest getting a meat thermometer, if you don’t already have one, to monitor the temperature while cooking.

Like a steak, remove the salmon from the heat just before you reach your desired temperature. Let it rest and finish cooking for a couple of minutes before you plate to ensure a perfectly cooked piece of fish. Our packaging offers guidance on cooking times, which will vary slightly based on the cut of the fish. The more you practice cooking frozen salmon, the more intuitive it will become. 

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Cooking Tips for Perfect Marinated Salmon

For a bolder flavor, pour all the marinade in the pouch over your salmon fillet before you cook it. The thickness of each fillet will potentially affect cooking time. Thoroughly cooked salmon will flake with a fork once it is done. 

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Thawing Frozen Salmon

It is easy to prepare Morey’s Salmon from thawed or frozen. To thaw, remove the salmon from the pouch. Cover your fish and refrigerate overnight. For a quick thaw, place the unopened salmon pouch in cold water for 20 to 30 minutes. Once your fish thaws, cook it immediately. For safety reasons, do not refreeze thawed fish. 

There is not a significant benefit to thawing salmon before cooking. Yes, it’s true: you can make a sophisticated, restaurant-quality salmon dish straight from your freezer. 

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How to Cook Marinated Salmon in the Oven

To bake marinated salmon, preheat your oven to 375°F. Remove the marinated fillets from their pouch and place them in a single layer with the flat side down on a foil-lined baking pan. Be sure that each salmon fillet has space and that the salmon fillets aren’t touching one another. Place the baking pan on the middle rack of the oven. Follow the cooking times indicated on each package. 

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How to Grill Frozen Salmon

Grilling salmon gives the fish a smoky, tantalizing flavor. If you’re using wood or charcoal to grill, the fish will take on a hint of the flavor of the smoke. Charcoal makes it easier to control the grill’s temperature, but beech and alder wood give the fish a distinctive, slightly nutty flavor. 

The easiest way to prepare salmon on the grill is to use aluminum foil so that your fish does not stick to the grates and fall apart. Spray aluminum foil lightly with cooking oil (or rub with olive oil) and then place the foil on the grill. Heat the grill to medium-high (350-375°F). Remove the salmon from the pouch and place it in a single layer, not touching, with the flat side down on the foil. Follow the cooking times indicated on each package.  

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How to Cook Frozen Salmon in a Pan 

Cooking frozen salmon on a stovetop is a quick and easy way to prepare it for any meal. Start with a nonstick pan. Lightly spray or grease the pan with oil and preheat on low-medium heat. Remove the fillet from the pouch and place it flat-side down in the pan. Don’t forget to pour the marinade on top! Now cover it to prevent hot oil from splattering out of the pan.

If you thawed your salmon before cooking, it will take just 10-11 minutes to sauté to the desired internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). If you are cooking directly from frozen, give a few more minutes for your salmon to get to temperature, about 14-15 minutes total. Finally, remove the skillet from the heat and let the salmon settle for a few minutes before serving. 

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Can You Air Fry Frozen Salmon?

We currently don’t have specific instructions to air fry Morey’s marinated salmon, but we are working on them! Check back here or sign up for emails and texts to be notified when they’re available! 

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Can You Eat Salmon Skin? 

Although some people are not fans, salmon skin has a crispy, salty texture. We do not scale our salmon, so we recommend removing the skin after cooking. The skin is left on for easy cooking as it helps retain moisture so the salmon does not dry out. 

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Frozen Salmon Recipes

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