Salmon fillets tend to go 'pop' and spatter bits of themselves around the container in the microwave. Anyone got a procedure that discourages this?


Besides not microwaving it? Cover your filets with a paper towel, it will catch any exploding bits.

Seriously though, it shouldn't take but 6-8 minutes to sear a refrigerated salmon filet in a hot pan. Do this, your taste buds will thank you.

  • Usually I bake to avoid the boom, but this also sounds good. – bmargulies Sep 14 '10 at 22:43

You can simulate steaming in a microwave. First defrost the salmon. Put it in a glass dish. Put some soy sauce on the bottom of the dish, say half a cm deep. Add some chopped ginger. Cover the dish with plastic wrap. Microwave for 5 minutes or so. Tastes great and healthly too.

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    You can also replace the soy sauce with lemon juice, and the chopped ginger with fresh herbs. Certainly not the best way to cook fish fillets, but a quick and still tasty and healthy way. This is useful when you're in places with only a microwave, e.g. at some workplace "kitchens"! – tricasse Jan 22 '13 at 3:58

My suggestion would be to cook en papillote, (wrapped in partchment) such as in this recipe. There is no shame using a microwave for serious culinary endeavors as long as you don't ask it to do what it can't do.


Yeah. Don't use the microwave. Yes, the tool is useful for certain things--defrosting, reheating, or indeed making french fries (per a lovely blog). It is categorically not useful for cooking from raw. Use a pan, your oven, or a grill.

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    @roux - do you have a link for the french fries in the microwave? – justkt Sep 15 '10 at 12:38
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    Not handy.. it's somewhere at playingwithfireandwater.com – daniel Sep 15 '10 at 17:36
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    WARNING: that blog may cause you to be late for work, ignore sleep, and pay no attention to your significant other. You may also wish to cover your keyboard with a tarp to prevent damage from the amount of saliva you will drool. – daniel Sep 15 '10 at 17:37
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    Found the link. playingwithfireandwater.com/foodplay/2009/03/umami-burger.html Pdf at the bottom of the page. – Chris Cudmore Sep 15 '10 at 19:14
  • that blog is unreal. i've spent hours on that site, she's incredibly creative and talented. – Brendan Dec 6 '12 at 17:34

I would try reducing the cooking time. I was having this problem with Tallapia and found that reducing the cook time from 4min to about 2:30 fixed the problem. It comes out great!


I had the same issue until I cut the the power down to half normal. And it only takes about 3-4 minutes for a filet of fish.

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