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Can you bake or broil a frozen salmon fillet?

Asked by trailsillustrated (16455points) October 3rd, 2010

I’m really hungry and want to eat this now. Can I put it in there frozen? will it cook alright?

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

I think you might want to thaw it first, otherwise it might become chewy. But maybe that’s only for poultry.

Vunessuh's avatar

When I don’t have a salmon fillet that is unthawed, I nuke it in the microwave for a bit before cooking.

meiosis's avatar

I regularly steam salmon fillets from frozen, and they’re absolutely fine. They need a few extra minutes in the steamer if frozen, but other than that there’s no discernible difference from thawing them first. It certainly doesn’t make them go chewy.

downtide's avatar

It will be fine cooked from frozen, just do it at a bit lower heat than you normally would, and for a bit longer, to ensure it is hot enough all the way through. Cooking it from frozen won’t impair the texture at all.

YARNLADY's avatar

I have a defrost cycle on my microwave for that purpose. I thawed out several fish steaks last night in about four minutes, and then poached them in fried onions, celery and tomatoes.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Not only is it fine to go straight from frozen to cooking, it’s actually the preferred method for restaurants, since thawing is relatively dangerous in terms of food safety.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Because in a restaurant, people are busy and they sometimes forget things. So they leave out some frozen fish to thaw, and then discover hours later that it was thawed and nobody put it in the refrigerator, so nobody knows how long it sat at room temperature (known as “time-temperature abuse”). This is a common cause of a type of food poisoning called scrombroid.
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/298/11/1269
If they go directly from the freezer, however, there’s no chance of this happening.

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