Should You Cover Salmon When Baking in Oven?

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You're probably lining your fish dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper. But, when baking salmon, do you really need to cover it?

Nope. When baking salmon, it is in no way necessary to cover the fish!

You may think that by covering your salmon in the oven, you'll be able to cook it faster because you'll be able to trap the heat and speed things up.

This may be true for certain recipes, such as casseroles and lasagna, but it does not apply to salmon. Trapping steam cooks only moist items evenly and rapidly.

Dry items (like salmon and roast chicken) cook best with the lid off, creating a crispy surface and tender interior. Who want wet salmon?

Healthy Recipes recommends leaving the salmon uncovered and having a meat thermometer on hand to avoid overcooking it for optimal results.

Remove fish from the oven when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid overcooking or undercooking.

The amount of time it takes to cook the salmon will vary depending on the oven and the size of the fillet, so keep an eye on it as it bakes.

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