Tips for Marinating Salmon

Salmon has become one of the world’s favorite fish. Apart from being a culinary delight and among the tastiest fish to eat, it also has numerous health benefits. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, from poaching, to grilling, to searing, to baking, and makes a very versatile meal.

Marinating salmon is a wonderful and easy way to give your salmon more flavor and there are just a few simple steps to marinating your salmon to perfection.

Make Sure Salmon is Fresh

Raw salmon should be pink and firm and have a sheen. If there is discoloration or any gaps between the fibers, throw it away. It is not fresh.

Choose Your Marinade

Here you can be creative, especially if you are familiar with herbs and spices. But a few suggestions are Italian dressing, a raspberry vinaigrette dressing, or a rice vinegar dressing.


Pour your chosen marinade over the salmon in a baking dish, using  3 tablespoons of dressing for every pound of salmon. Turn the fish over several times to make sure it is completely covered.


Cover the baking dish with some foil and put it in the refrigerator for between a half hour to an hour, but not longer than that.


Remove the salmon from the fridge and discard the remaining marinade. Now you are ready to cook using whatever method you choose. Salmon does not require a long cooking time so keep your eye on it. It should be moist and flaky when it’s done.

Salmon is one of the best fish, both for your tastebuds and for your health. Eating salmon regularly gives you a great source of protein and essential fatty acids. Learning different ways of cooking salmon also lets you make every time you cook it a new adventure.