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How to Check If Salmon Is Cooked?

author image Jennifer Loucks
Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
How to Check If Salmon Is Cooked?
Pierce salmon with a fork to see if it is done. Photo Credit: zeleno/iStock/Getty Images

The hardest part of cooking a salmon fillet is figuring out how to determine whether the fillet is fully cooked or not. The University of Alaska Fairbanks lists the visual indicator of salmon that no longer looks translucent and becomes a cloudy, pink color as ready to eat. Watch the cooking process closely to prevent overcooking, which results in a dry, tough piece of fish. Wetness in the internal portion of the fillet signifies a juicy piece of salmon, not that the fillet is undercooked.

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Step 1

Bake, broil or grill a salmon fillet using your favorite recipe. Place the salmon skin side down to limit sticking and allow for checking the doneness. Cook a 1-inch thick fillet for about eight minutes.

Step 2

Test the thickest part of the fillet two minutes before the end of the estimated cooking time by carefully poking through the fillet with a fork to see if it flakes apart. Uncooked fish has a translucent color and spongy texture.

Step 3

Check the fillet, in one-minute intervals, until the thickest part flakes through the entire thickness when you pierce the fillet with a fork. Pull the fillet apart in a small section, if needed, to determine if the salmon is done.

Step 4

Remove the fillet from the heat immediately, after the doneness test, to prevent overcooking.

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