Complete List of Cooking Temperatures

Reviewed by Barbara Gordon, RDN, LD
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Don't rely upon sight, smell or taste alone to determine if your food is safe to eat. Make sure foods are cooked to a safe minimum internal cooking temperature. Use the Is My Food Safe? App and the chart below to learn about target temperatures for different foods. And, test the food with a food thermometer to make sure this temperature is reached.

Learn Proper Cooking Temperatures with Free App

This ad-free app has many useful features including the Is It Done Yet? safe cooking temperature guide. This feature provides the safe internal cooking temperatures for a wide variety of food items from leftover casseroles to chicken thighs. With this handy app and a food thermometer, you'll never need to guess if your food is cooked to a safe temperature.

Get more information on the Is My Food Safe? App.

Prevent Food Poisoning by Using a Food Thermometer

Ensuring foods reach this safe minimum internal temperature with a food thermometer is the only reliable way to ensure safety and to determine the doneness of cooked meats, poultry, egg dishes and leftovers.

Food Serving Size Grams of Protein
Chicken breast, cooked 4 ounces 33
Fish, salmon, cooked 4 ounces 29

Ground beef, cooked 4 ounces 26
Greek yogurt 1 cup 18 to 22
Yogurt 1 cup 12 to 14
Tofu, firm frac12; cup 11
Milk 1 cup 8
Beans frac12; cup 7 to 9
Nut butters 2 tablespoons 7 to 8
Cheese 1 ounce 7
Nuts 1 ounce 6
Egg 1 large 6
Quinoa, cooked ½ cup 4

*Must reach an internal temperature of 145°F and allow to rest for at least 3 minutes before carving or consuming.

**Reheat cooked hams packaged in USDA-inspected plants to 140°F and all others to 165°F.

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