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How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven

by
author image Fred Decker
Fred Decker is a trained chef and certified food-safety trainer. Decker wrote for the Saint John, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and has been published in Canada's Hospitality and Foodservice magazine. He's held positions selling computers, insurance and mutual funds, and was educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven
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For health-conscious diners who avoid processed foods but don't have the time to work entirely from scratch, many retailers offer quality entrees that are already prepared and just need to be cooked. For example, stuffed salmon is readily available from supermarkets and seafood retailers. They can be either whole fish or boneless fillets tied together to make a roast, and the stuffing can be as simple as fresh herbs or as elaborate as a crab mousse. In each case, cooking the salmon is usually as straightforward as popping it into your oven.

Step 1

How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven
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Line a sheet pan or shallow baking dish with parchment paper, or with aluminum foil sprayed lightly with pan spray. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven
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Unwrap the stuffed salmon and dry it carefully with paper towels. If the stuffing is dangling or oozing from the exposed surfaces, carefully press it back into place with a gloved hand or a spatula.

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Step 3

How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven
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Center the salmon on your sheet pan or baking dish. If it's a whole fish, you might need to position it diagonally with the head at one corner and the tail at the other. Season the skin lightly with coarse salt, if you wish, or sprinkle it with additional herbs to complement the stuffing.

Step 4

How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven
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Slide the pan onto the center rack of your oven. Bake the salmon 10 minutes per inch of thickness at its thickest point, usually 30 to 35 minutes for a whole fish or large fillets. Smaller fillets might only require 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 5

How to Cook Prepared Stuffed Salmon in the Oven
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Test the salmon by flaking it at its thickest point with the tip of a paring knife. If it is largely pale and opaque, with just a hint of its original dark pink translucency, it's done. Remove the fish from your oven and let it rest for five minutes before portioning and serving.

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References

  • On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals; Sarah Labensky, et al.
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