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How Long to Bake Salmon at 350 (With 3 Recipes)

Make tender salmon every time with this comprehensive cooking guide.

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Updated July 3, 2022

How long to cook salmon at 350 degrees all depends on the size, thickness, and whether it’s frozen or fresh.

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Fish is a delicate meat and can be difficult to cook perfectly due to all the above factors. The cooking time also depends on if you’re baking, grilling, or frying it. To be considered cooked, you must reach the ideal salmon temperature which is 145°F.

With the chart below you can find the ideal cooking time for the exact size and weight of your salmon.

Important Notes


  • When baking salmon, it is important for it to reach the proper temperature. Cooking salmon to the proper temperature will ensure you kill off any bacteria on the food.

  • For salmon, the minimum cooking temperature is 145°F. The best way to check this temperature is with a cooking thermometer. It will measure the temperature in the middle of the fish, which is usually the last area to get hot.

  • As a general rule, salmon is cooked when the flesh pulls apart and is opaque in color.

How Long to Bake Salmon in an Oven At 350°F

The cooking times on these charts are based on a preheated oven temperature of 350°F. At this temperature, the salmon can reach 145°F inside without drying out. Keep in mind that cooking times may change based on these factors:


  • skinless or skin left on

  • frozen or fresh
You can cook salmon in foil or leave it uncovered. The temperature remains the same either way, so the foil doesn’t actually doesn’t have any effect on the cooking time.

Covering your salmon in foil will affect the browning though. That’s because the foil traps steam and keeps moisture inside. If you want crispy skin and some browning, leave the salmon uncovered.

When cooking fresh salmon at 350°F, bake 6 minutes for every 4oz. If you’re cooking frozen salmon, bake 9 minutes for every 4oz. So, if you’re cooking a whole 16 oz fresh fillet, you’ll need to bake it for about 24 minutes.

For a temperature of 350°FWeightTiming
Frozen Salmon4oz9 mins
6 oz13-14 mins
16 oz34 mins
Fresh Salmon4oz6 mins
6 oz9 mins
16 oz23 mins
Minimal Internal Temperature
145°F

How Long to Air Fry Salmon At 350°F

You should always preheat your air fryer so it is hot enough to make food crispy. You can cook your salmon either fresh or frozen in the air fryer. Foil or parchment paper won’t affect the cooking, but it can make cleaning up easier.

You can air fry a fresh salmon fillet at 350°F for about 6-8 minutes. This cooking time is based on a 5-6 oz fillet. If your fillet is frozen, increase the time in the air fryer to 9-12 minutes.

For a temperature of 350°FWeightTiming
Frozen Salmon4oz6 - 8 minutes
6 oz9 - 12 minutes
16 oz24 - 32 minutes
Fresh Salmon4oz4 - 5 minutes
6 oz6 - 8 minutes
16 oz16 - 20 minutes
Minimal Internal Temperature
145°F

How Long to Grill Salmon At 350°F

Grilling is a great way to get a nice sear when you cook your salmon. This charred smokiness also adds some nice flavor. If you’re grilling salmon, skip the foil so the skin can get nice and crispy.

Cook a fresh 6 oz salmon fillet for 6 minutes on a 350°F grill. That equals 3 minutes on each side. Beware that salmon cooks very fast on the grill, so watch it closely.

If you’re cooking a 16oz or bigger fillet, you’ll need to cut it into 4 portions. Otherwise, the salmon won’t cook all the way through. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the fillet.

For a temperature of 350°FWeightTiming
Fresh Salmon4oz4 minutes
6 oz6 minutes
Minimal Internal Temperature
145°F

Salmon Recipes at 350 Degrees

Baked Salmon Recipe at 350 Degrees

What You’ll Need







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Directions


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place salmon on it with the skin side down.

  2. Season the fillet with salt and pepper, a drizzle of oil, and some lemon juice. Bake for 23 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145°F.

  3. Finish off with another squeeze of lemon, and top with chopped parsley.

  4. You can store cooked salmon leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just ensure they are kept in an airtight container.

Salt & Pepper Grilled Salmon at 350 Degrees

What You’ll Need





*: Chinook or any other 6 oz variety

Grilled salmon

Directions


  1. The first thing you need to do is debone the salmon. Pick out bones with tweezers by running your finger along the fillet.

  2. Cut the fillet into 4 even pieces with the skin on. Wrap each piece in a paper towel and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

  3. Heat your grill to 350°F. While it’s getting up to temperature, oil the grates. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of pepper and salt.

  4. Place the salmon skin up on the grill. Cover the grill and cook for 3 minutes. Flip the salmon, then cook for another 3 minutes.

  5. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and serve!

Air Fried Lemon Butter Salmon at 350 Degrees

What You’ll Need








Air Fried Lemon Butter Salmon

 

Directions


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. If your air fryer has a seafood setting you can use that too.

  2. Season your salmon fillets with pepper and salt. Coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray then place the fillets inside. Allow the fillets to cook.

  3. Add the butter, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic to a saucepan. Heat on medium-low until the butter is melted and the garlic is fragrant.

  4. Remove the cooked salmon from the air fryer and serve with melted butter sauce.

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