How to Broil Salmon in the Toaster Oven

Cooking salmon in a toaster oven is an unusual way to cook fish. However, most modern toaster ovens work by convection heat, just like larger convection ovens. Cooking salmon in a toaster oven is a convenient way to prepare this fish when you only need one or two portions.

Cooking salmon in a toaster oven is an unusual way to cook fish.
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Cooking Fish in Toaster Ovens

Cooking salmon in a toaster oven is just like cooking salmon fillets in a convection oven. This is because most modern toaster ovens use convection heat, which means the heat is evenly dispersed throughout the oven by a fan.

When cooking with toaster ovens, consider these two things:

  • First, toaster ovens are small. Keep in mind that you won't be able to fit many portions of fish into your toaster oven. You won't be able to cook more than three or four salmon fillets at a time.
  • Because toaster ovens are smaller than your average oven, they preheat faster and will also cook your food faster than a regular oven. You'll find that toaster oven recipes always call for less time than regular oven recipes. It's important to keep this in mind if you're used to cooking salmon fillets in a convection oven.

Broiling Salmon in Toaster Ovens

To broil salmon in a toaster oven, you need:

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt

  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped dill

  • 1/2 tablespoon of freshly chopped cilantro

  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

  • Salmon fillet (3 to 4 ounces)

Step 1: Preheat the Toaster Oven

Preheat your toaster oven. Make sure it's on the broil setting, rather than bake or toast.

Step 2: Season Your Salmon

Coat your salmon fillet with the olive oil, spices and herbs.

Step 3: Broil the Salmon

Broil your salmon fillet for between 7 and 10 minutes. The FDA says that fish is fully cooked when it has reached an internal temperature of 145 F (63 C).

Go by looks if you don't have a thermometer ⁠— a properly broiled salmon will look slightly browned and caramelized on top. The fish should be pink and glistening, and flake easily.

Salmon goes best with a bit of citrus. When your salmon comes out of the toaster oven, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon on it and serve it on top of a citrusy green salad or a crunchy kale salad.

Benefits of Eating Salmon

Fatty fish like salmon are considered to be extremely healthy. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health recommends consuming up to 12 ounces of low-mercury marine products like salmon each week. A standard serving is usually considered to be around 3.5 ounces.

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The American Heart Association considers fatty fish like salmon an excellent source of protein and healthy unsaturated fatty acids. However, fish are a good source of other nutrients, too.

According to the USDA, a 3-ounce serving of cooked sockeye salmon has 133 calories, 4.7 grams of fat and 22.5 grams of protein. Salmon is a particularly good source of a variety of essential nutrients, including phosphorus, selenium, B-complex vitamins and vitamin D.

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