Cooking Temps for Meat & Seafood

cooking temperatures for meat and seafood


Use a meat thermometer to eliminate the guesswork, prevent overcooking, and to ensure food safety.
For a safe and delicious meal cook your meat to the suggested temperatures below. 
 

cooking temperatures for meat and seafood
 

How to use a meat thermometer
Insert the thermometer in the center of the thickest part of the meat. Make sure the thermometer doesn't touch bone or fat. Wait 10 to 15 seconds before reading. Remove meat from heat when thermometer reads the proper temperature. If whole chicken or turkey is stuffed, stuffing must reach 165°F.

 

How to check internal temperature

  • Steaks, chops, and chicken breast: Insert thermometer from side of meat so 2 inches of probe is positioned through center of meat.
  • Roasts: Insert thermometer from either end or top of roast so 2 inches of probe is positioned through center of thickest part of meat, not touching bone or fat.

 

Why 2 inches? 
Quick-read thermometers sense temperature from the tip to 2 inches up the probe. The resulting temperature is an average along the sensing area. Shop meat thermometers

 

Download Safe Cooking Temperature Infographic

 

 

 
 

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