Salmon is a versatile fish, and it can be prepared through different methods, Salmon can be grilled, pan fried, or cooked in an oven
These different methods have influences on the taste of the fish and the texture of the final product.
Depending on how done you like your salmon, you can decide to either bake or broil the fish in an oven
Broiling involves using direct heat source to cook food, while baking applies indirect heat by circulating hot air around the food
As such baked salmon is cooked at a comparatively lower temperature than broiled salmon.
These two methods produce a different result when it comes to the flavor and the texture of the fish as well.
In this post, we take a look at these two methods of preparing salmon and highlight their differences.
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Broiled salmon description
Broiling is quick and also an effective method for cooking salmon that is oiled and seasoned.
It applied direct heat in the form of Infrared energy to heat the fish, the fish is also placed closer to the heat source to cook quickly.
Since the heat source is above in the oven, The rack is usually placed about 6 inches from the top of the oven.
Broiling salmon involves using high heat to cook the fish for a few minutes. It can be done at temperatures of up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once one side is done, you turn the other side and cook
The salmon comes out crispy on the exterior while the insides are juicy.
It is an easy method to prepare salmon filets. It is also fast hence you need to monitor the food, so it doesn’t get ruined
Baked salmon description
Baking cooks food indirectly by using hot air that is circulated around the food and cooks it.
When salmon is cooked by baking, the temperatures can reach between 375 to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Dress the salmon with olive oil, pepper and herbs and place the salmon skin-side down on a baking dish.
Parchment packets or foil can be wrapped round individual salmon filets which makes cleaning up easier.
The foil also traps moisture thus steaming the filet and also helps with the flavor
Baking salmon is easy to do, and the salmon filets are cooked through.
There’s no need to turn the filet to the other side as the fish cooks evenly.
The filet come out soft and they have rich flavor and are very juicy
How long you bake the salmon for would depend on the size of the fish as well as the thickness
Another benefit of baking salmon is that you can cook multiple salmon filets at once, so it is Great for parties
Broiled salmon is crispier
As broiling makes use of direct heat to cook the food for a short duration, broiling is great for browning foods.
When cooked by broiling the surface is well crisp with a golden-brown crust.
Also, broiling salmon produces a crispier exterior compared to baking salmon.
Baked salmon is cooked using indirect heat at lower temperatures compared to broiled salmon, and is usually not as crispy as broiled salmon.
Baked salmon cooks more evenly
Broiling cooks the exterior of the fish faster, however, the insides of the salmon remain a bit moist, as most of the heat doesn’t penetrate deeper.
As such, broiled salmon is not evenly cooked.
The baked salmon cooks more evenly, all the way down to the interior.
Baking takes a longer duration compared to broiling, a few minutes more.
Since broiling requires a shorter duration, it is also easier to overcook the salmon when broiling.