You may not have thought of it, but cooking your salmon in the toaster is a great way to cook salmon, especially if you are cooking for just one or two people. A toaster oven uses less power, doesn’t heat your house up as much.
How Long to Cook Salmon in a Toaster Oven
If you are broiling or baking your salmon, allow 4-6 minutes per half-inch of thickness, turning once halfway through. In general, this will mean ~10 minutes for an average salmon fillet. Add an additional 5 minutes if you are baking in foil or if the salmon is covered in sauce. Of course, you will need to adjust these times for your specific toaster oven as needed.
Tip: cooking with an oiled sheet of aluminum foil on your pan makes clean up a breeze and will help keep your salmon from sticking.
Broiling Salmon in the Toaster Oven
I’m a huge fan of broiling my salmon. It is fast, easy and results in super tasty salmon. One important note is that you should never broil your salmon on top of parchment paper. While it is fine for baking, the heat from a broiler can make it burn.
Basic Toaster Oven Broiled Salmon Fillets
Almost verging on utilitarian, this basic broiled salmon is a great recipe for a fast main dish for one or two people. Good, fresh salmon needs very little in the way of seasoning and this recipe plays to that strength.
Put a sheet of foil on your pan, and coat with oil or cooking spray.
Place the salmon fillets skin side down on the pan and sprinkle with salt.
Put the salmon in the toaster oven and cook for ~10 minutes turning a little more than halfway through.
Test for doneness, remove from the pan and plate with a slotted turner. Sprinkle with lemon juice and enjoy.
Your salmon should still look moist inside, but be easily flaked with a fork when done. Thicker or thinner salmon fillets may need more or less time under the broiler respectfully. Additionally, depending on your toaster oven, you may need to crack the door open a little to trick the thermostat into keeping the element on while your salmon is cooking.
Baking Salmon in the Toaster Oven
While broiling salmon is quick and easy, baking salmon in your toaster oven gives you the advantage of being able to cook with sauces. If you tried to broil a sauce-covered salmon fillet, you would wind up with undercooked salmon and burned sauce, which to paraphrase Alton Brown, is not good eats.
Toaster Oven Roasted Salmon and Asparagus
This is a simple but still elegant dinner for two that you can whip up in your toaster oven. The earthiness of the asparagus pairs perfectly with the freshness of the salmon and tartness of the lemon juice.
Add asparagus and salmon to the pan, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt.
Place in the toaster oven and bake ~15 minutes until the asparagus is done and the salmon cooked through.
Remove to plates, drizzle salmon with lemon juice and serve with mustard for dipping the asparagus in.
You may need to stagger your start times for your salmon depending on the thickness of your fish and asparagus. Thick asparagus will take longer to cook, so you may want to give it a few minutes head start before adding in the salmon.