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Jan 24, 2009 08:22 AM

how long to marinate salmon?

tonight i plan to make teriyaki salmon. it's a pretty simple recipe just marinate and broil. however, i will be out for most of the day and will want to get started on dinner immediately when i get back. is it ok to put the salmon in the marinade and let it sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours?

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  1. Here is a recipe that uses 4-6 hours.

    And here's one from davwud on chow that goes 24.

    1. 1-4 hours is what I normally use. IMHO overnight is far too long and the fish will turn out mushy.

      1. I don't usually mariate fish much longer than a half hour. It gets mushy and if its teriyaki it takes on a lot of sodium.

        1. It will depend on the variety of salmon, whether it's a steak or fillet, and how fresh it is. But my vote goes to the 1 hour max. idea if you're using acidic ingredients in the marinade. Otherwise you'll chemically cook it before it sees the grill.

          1. Half an hour, tops.

            4 hours and you're approaching ceviche territory.