When talking about Japanese food, you may usually picture out fresh salmon in your table. I remember the first time I’ve tasted fresh salmon and I can’t forget it from then on. But what if I became too addicted to salmon that I put its freshness out of the context?
Any seafood should be kept properly in the freezer if you’re not ready to serve them yet. Exposure to air for a long time will make the seafood – specifically fish – go bad. Invest a vacuum sealer to keep your fish’s freshness for a longer period of time.
If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, you can just dip your salmon in cold water and freeze them on a sheet pan. Some people prefer to keep them in plastic bags but this method can’t prolong the shelf life of the fish. It has more moisture compared to other methods.
Can you Freeze Salmon?
Obviously, you can freeze salmon but the question is, how long? As mentioned earlier, the longevity of salmon depends on the method you use. If you chose to put it in a freezer bag, just don’t forget to squeeze all the air out. Obviously, air is seafood’s number one enemy.
When buying salmon, observe its physical features – firstly, the eyes. Fresh salmon’s eyes should be bright and shiny. Avoid those with red eyes.
All types of seafood are comfortable in the freezer. They have been living in cold or sometimes freezing water. However, you can’t freeze them longer than 6 months.
When buying salmon, always check the surface of the pack. If there were small ice crystals, then it’s a sign of freezer burn. Freezer burn happens when frozen food deteriorated due to dehydration and oxidation.
Note that not all fishes can be frozen. You can do other methods but they definitely won’t have the same quality as before. Keep in mind that freezing fish is a slow process.
All parts of salmon (even the innards) can be used in cooking. You just need to be aware of the proper cut for your chosen salmon dish. It’s also important to be aware of the amount of salmon bought from the market to avoid spoilage.
How to Freeze Salmon?
One advantage of salmon is its fast thawing process. If you suddenly feel hungry and need the urge to have a quick bite, then salmon is a lifesaver. Here’s a 5-step way on how to freeze salmon:
- Clean the fish (remove the scales)
- Remove the bones (use a pair of tweezers)
- Cut the salmon into portions (about 2 inches thick)
- Wrap each portion in plastic wrap (or put in a freezer bag)
- Freeze (for up to 3 months)
Tips and Reminders:
- Cut salmon in serving sizes depending on your preference.
- Don’t use sandwich bags. Freezer bags are thicker than those, making them more ideal.
- The amount of salmon in a bag depends on how much you eat in a meal.
- Remember to tightly roll the bag with salmon inside.
- If ready to thaw, transfer the amount needed to the fridge and wait overnight.
- You can keep it in the freezer for about 8-10 months.
After thawing, always pat dry the salmon as gently as possible. You can leave it in the fridge for 2 days. If you follow these steps, your salmon’s quality will still be at its best.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Salmon?
1. If you have extra/leftover salmon, one way to use it up is to make salmon tacos. All you need to do is shred the salmon and mix it with some taco seasonings. Then, you can put it in a soft taco shell with your favorite toppings.
2. Salmon is also a great way to get your omega-3s. One way to use up extra/leftover salmon is to make a salad. Simply chop up the salmon and mix it with some greens, dressing, and nuts or seeds.
3. Another easy way to use up extra/leftover salmon is to make salmon burgers. Just mix the salmon with some breadcrumbs, egg, and seasonings, and form into patties. Then, cook on the stovetop or grill until browned and cooked through.
4. You can also use leftover salmon in a frittata or quiche. Just chop up the salmon and mix it with some eggs, cheese, and veggies. Bake in a quiche dish or pie dish until set.
5. Finally, leftover salmon makes a great lunch wraps. Just put the salmon, along with some veggies and sauce, in a wrap and enjoy!
Pan Seared Salmon
Salt and pepper can reveal the best feature of salmon. Adding a squeeze of lemon can make it more special. Its caramelized texture is very enticing.
Teriyaki Salmon with Zucchini
If you’re craving for the Asian taste, you can make this easy 6-ingredient recipe. It’s not only delicious but healthy, too. It’s low in sodium which is good for everyone.
Glazed Salmon with Broccoli Rice
Another healthful dish that everyone can enjoy. If you’re not a big fan of broccoli, then you can use other vegetables. The taste is not too strong so you can prepare it occasionally.
Yes, you can freeze salmon. Frozen salmon will last for 4-6 months and we recommend that you eat it as soon as possible after taking it out of the freezer. To defrost salmon: simply remove it from the package and put in a dish (covered by aluminum foil or plastic wrap) in your refrigerator overnight to defrost. Then enjoy!
Please share your experience with me by leaving a comment below now that you know how long frozen salmon lasts and how to freeze it properly.