Simple Microwave Salmon

Can you cook fish in the microwave? As hard as it is to believe, the answer is Yes! This easy recipe for Simple Microwave Salmon shows you how.

There’s a neglected appliance hanging out in your kitchen that you’ll want to dust off for this recipe. I’ve opted to do the unheard of — I’m using the microwave for more than just popcorn and reheating leftovers.

(On a related note, please don’t reheat your leftovers or take-out in plastic. Listen to The Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Episode to understand why.)

I discovered this truly amazing quick-and-easy way to cook microwave salmon via the seafood department at my local Publix. It was detailed on their on-package instructions with some fresh salmon I bought there a few years ago. I was so skeptical the first time I tried it. But friends… I promise — microwave salmon is a game-changer. You’ll be amazed the first time you try it.

Simple Microwave Salmon

It turns out moist, not-overcooked, and just the right amount of flakiness… and in just 3 minutes!! Seriously… I may never cook fish in the oven again. Microwave salmon is just too easy not to love. (And if you don’t believe I’m legit, check out this recipe for fish in the microwave by the folks over at CookingLight.)

So please consider giving your microwave a chance. This could be dinner on your table tonight.


Simple Microwave Salmon

Simply Microwave Salmon

Can you cook fish in the microwave? Yes! This easy recipe shows you how. 

  • Author: Regan Jones, RDN
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Place salmon in a small microwave-safe dish. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl; spoon over salmon.
  2. Cover and cook on MEDIUM (50%) power in microwave 2 to 3 minutes, in 1-minute intervals or until cooked to desired degree of doneness.

Keywords: microwave recipes, fish recipes, salmon recipes

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