Fish Cooking Times

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Fish cooking times, as well as the correct fish cooking temperature, are extremely important considerations when cooking fish. The optimum flavor and tenderness of the fish can be consistently achieved when care is taken to follow the recommended time and temperature guidelines.

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Use the following chart as a guide to determine the correct cooking times for fish according to the size of the fish, the weight or thickness, and the method of cooking, such as baking, pan frying, deep frying, grilling, and steaming.

FISH Cooking Times and Temperatures

Baked Fish

Portion Oven Temperature Weight or Thickness Approximate Cooking Time
(Total Time)
Whole 350°F 3 - 5 lbs. 25 - 30 minutes
Fillets 350°F 3 - 5 lbs. 25 - 30 minutes
Steaks 350°F 3 - 5 lbs. 35 - 40 minutes

Pan-fried Fish

Portion Cooking Temperature Thickness Approximate Cooking Time
(Turn Once)
Whole Medium Heat 8 - 15 minutes
Fillets Medium Heat 0.75 inch 7 - 9 minutes
Steaks Medium Heat 1 inch 9 - 10 minutes

Deep-fried Fish

Portion Cooking Temperature Thickness

Approximate Cooking Time
(Total Time)

Whole 350°F 3 - 5 minutes
Fillets 350°F 0.75 inch 3 - 5 minutes
Steaks 350°F 1 inch 4 - 6 minutes

Grilled Fish
(4 inches from the heat source)

Portion

Cooking Temperature

Thickness Approximate Cooking Time
(Turn Once)
Whole Medium Heat 10 - 20 minutes
Fillets Medium Heat 0.75 inch 7 - 9 minutes
Steaks Medium Heat 1 inch 9 - 10 minutes

Steaming Fish
(over gently boiling water)

Portion Cooking Temperature Thickness Approximate Cooking Time
(Total Time)
Whole Gently Boiling Water 10 - 12 minutes
Fillets Gently Boiling Water 0.75 inch 10 - 12 minutes
Steaks Gently Boiling Water 1 inch 10 - 15 minutes
Note: The cooking times listed in this guide are estimated times and will vary depending on the type of fish and the thickness of the meat. Fish is done when the meat becomes opaque white and has a flaky texture. Overcooking will result in fish that is less tender, flavorful, and moist than fish cooked with the recommended time and temperature guidelines.

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