How To: Reheat Leftover Fish

This post was updated with new photos in February 2021.

Meal with Salmon and Zucchini | Photo by Casey Lee via Unsplash

Confession: I have avoided ordering fish in a restaurant because I didn't want to be stuck with leftovers.

Now, admit it. 

You've done this, too. 

You've found yourself in a fantastic seafood restaurant, with a lengthy list of fish entrĂ©es to choose from, but instead of taking advantage of the opportunity, you order something on the safer side, something that you knew you wouldn't waste when it came to eating the leftovers the next day. After all, you don't want to be that person in your office who uses the microwave to reheat the fish to a dried-out, barely-edible mess and who successfully manages to stink up the joint for the rest of the afternoon.

Fish with Onions and Asparagus | Photo by Micheile Henderson via Unsplash

If you absolutely must bring your leftover fish to work for lunch the next day, then use low power on the microwave and place the fish in a dish with a little water on the bottom to prevent the fish from drying out. For added flavor and moisture, you can also put a little pat of butter on top of the fish before microwaving.

But in my experience, it's best to reheat fish in an oven in your own kitchen, rather than in the communal kitchen at the office.
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Wrap the leftover fish in aluminum foil.
  3. Place the wrapped fish directly on the oven rack and let sit in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

While the fish is in the oven, you can use the time to finish preparing the side dishes you're going to serve with it. 



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