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.

salmon cooked in the microwave

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 of my podcast, This Unmillennial Life, to understand why.)

I discovered a truly amazing quick-and-easy way to cook microwave salmon via the seafood department at my local Publix. The package of fresh salmon I bought there a few years ago included microwave instructions.

Unquestionably, I was skeptical the first time I tried it. But I promise — microwave salmon is a game-changer. As a result, you’ll be amazed the first time you try it.

salmon cooked in the microwave

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.)

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

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salmon cooked in the microwave

Simple Microwave Salmon

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  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 6 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn to cook salmon easily in the microwave. It turns out great!


  • 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.
  • Prep Time: 3 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

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