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What is the perfect internal temperature to cook salmon?

 

Don't overcook your salmon.

 

Salmon Temperature

The USDA recommends cooking fish to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (62.8 degrees C)1.

However many find that at that temperature the salmon will be overdone. Once you remove the salmon from the heat the internal temperature continues to rise resulting in well overcooked fish.

Asian salmon, beautifully flaky

According to America’s Test kitchen, to avoid overcooking the salmon you should cook to about 125 degrees F (52 degrees C).

Here at the RecipeLand.com kitchens we like to cook our salmon to just 130℉ (55℃) and the results are just about perfect after a 5 minute rest.

The center should still be a bit translucent but still flake along the muscle fibers.

Albumin

Have you ever noticed that white, sometimes foamy, substance coagulates on the surface of your salmon? It's called albumin.

Overcooked maple glazed salmon

Albumin is a protein that is pushed out of the muscle fibers of the fish as it cooks. It can collect on the edges and surface of the salmon. Overcooked salmon, especially when poached and canned salmon are particularly prone to this effect. However, even perfectly cooked salmon can form some of albumin on the surface.

The best way to avoid the white stuff is to cook your salmon to the perfect internal temperature.

Some tips to curtail the formation:

  • bring the fish to room temperature before cooking
  • glazing the salmon helps check albumin formation in check
  • cook just until the center of the salmon is translucent and no more

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Comments


Indianapolis, United States
 接近 2 年 ago

Brine the salmon and there will be little to no Albumen

Lucky Ali
UAE
 接近 2 年 ago

yeah this is in fact one of the best informative fact that i have ever read. Salmon is one of the fish used commonly...so your blog is indeed a useful tip for readers like me.
Thanks!


Phoenixville, United States
 一年多 ago

there is a typo in your opening line, "The USDA recommends cooking fish to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (62.8 degrees F)." no body likes to proof.

Thanks so much for your comment! I did not realize that it was F instead of C, even though I read it over and over again. Appreciated your comment very much :)

happyzhangbo
Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 一年多 ago
Phil
Jupiter, FL
 一年多 ago

You still haven't corrected the typo in the opening line. It should read "...62.8 degrees C..."

happyzhangbo
Toronto , Ontario, Canada
 一年多 ago

Thanks so much for your comment! I did not realize that it was F instead of C, even though I read it over and over again. Appreciated your comment very much :)



 大约一年 ago

great

Reader

 大约一年 ago

The word "no body" in the comment "no body likes to proof" is spelled wrong. Nobody is one word. Nobody likes to proof!

 

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