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How To Reheat Salmon: Keep Flavor Intact with Pro Methods

In a nutshell: There are three ways to reheat salmon: in the oven at 275 °F, in the oven with oil at 325 °F for smoked salmon, and in the air fryer at 360°F.

When it comes to delicate fish, it is somehow common knowledge, that never reheated is as good as freshly baked. And, it is true. Not to lie, you will hardly get that perfect taste of freshly baked fish once it has cooled, especially if you’re doing it on a grill.

However, this by no means, means that reheated fish should be bad. The same is the case with salmon. If you know how to warm it up well, you will have a beautiful juicy salmon the day after. And, with a few tricks, you will avoid that unfortunate smell of fish that appears when reheated.

Remember that your best friend is the oven for heating salmon, whether it is roasted or smoked. It will warm up fish slowly and delicately.

Heating Up Cooked Salmon

The best result for reheating salmon will be achieved in the oven at a medium temperature. By no means, overheat the oven, as the salmon leftover fillet will dry out and probably get an unpleasant odor. So take your time and reheat your fish delicacy properly. 

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 275 °F

As we noted, the temperature must not be too high. So set the oven to 275 degrees and let it heat up. This time, prepare the salmon leftovers for reheating. 

Step 2: Cover the Salmon with Foil

Use a shallow pan on which to stack the salmon pieces. First, put baking paper, and then arrange pieces of salmon on it. It is best to have space between them so that each piece is nicely warmed on all sides.

You can also add a little olive oil for better juiciness. Then cover the salmon with aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out.

Step 3: Bake for About 15 Minutes

Put the prepared salmon covered with foil in the oven. Leave to bake for about 15 minutes. It should be long enough to warm up nicely. When you take it out, immediately remove the foil, and serve it to eat. Do not leave the salmon to cool again.

Heating Smoked Salmon

If you want the best way to reheat smoked salmon, search no more. Oven is it. There are small shades that will give a somewhat tastier result. Here’s how to best heat smoked salmon.

Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 325 °F

In the case of reheating smoked salmon, the temperature should be slightly higher. So set your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and let it heat up thoroughly.

Step 2: Put the Salmon on a Baking Sheet and Add the Oil

On a baking dish, place the baking paper so that the salmon does not stick to the bottom. Then arrange the salmon pieces so that there is little space between each. Then add a little of your favorite oil to each piece to make the fish juicier. You can use other oils as desired, but traditionally olive oil goes best with fish.

Step 3: Bake for 5 to 7 Minutes

Put the salmon in the oven and leave for 5 minutes. When you take it out, make sure it is warm enough. If not, put it back for an additional 2 minutes. Remember that the temperature is a little higher, so the result will be fast. You can squeeze half a lemon on top of it to add some bitterness, and a bit of oil, of course.

Warming Up Salmon in the Air Fryer

An air fryer is a great kitchen appliance that will help you heat up leftover salmon fillets, regardless of whether it is boiled, smoked, or baked. The hot air from the fryer will achieve optimal heating and will not dry out your dish. If you have many salmon slices, you will have to separate the heating into several rounds. That’s the only negative side we could stress out for this method. Here is the best way to heat this delicious fish with the help of an air fryer.

Step 1: Preheat the Air Fryer to 360 F

As you can see, the recommended temperature is certainly not at an extremely hot level. Rather choose a moderate temperature so as not to burn the remains of the salmon. Turn on the appliance and let it heat up.

Step 2: Arrange the Salmon in the Fryer Basket

As we have already mentioned, stacking the pieces of salmon must be in one layer. Do not pile one on top of the other, as you will certainly not get a satisfactory result. First of all, put parchment paper on the bottom of the basket so that the salmon does not stick to the bottom. This can always happen with fish. If your salmon has skin on it, be sure to lay that side on the bottom.

Step 3: Bake for 5 Minutes

When you put the cold salmon in the hot fryer, about 5 minutes will be enough for it to heat up thoroughly. Check if internal temperature is hot enough and leave it for another minute or two if necessary. When you take it out, drizzle it with extra olive oil or a little lemon juice and serve immediately.



Salmon is a really nice lunch treat. The problem is that it cools down very quickly, and what you just ate will not be warm for a long time. So, it is good to know the reheating techniques to have a tasty meal, especially from leftover salmon. Although an air fryer is a good choice, perhaps our favorite way to reheat salmon would still be a classical oven. However, remember that salmon can be eaten cold too and will be great actually, especially on a crisp salad or in a sandwich.

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