Fresh salmon is a tasty treat that is good for you as well as delicious. It contains essential fats and lots of nutrition so it is no wonder this fish is a staple meal for the health-conscious. This fish is also a delectable treat for special occasions or any occasion!
With this in mind, it is a good idea to have salmon on hand to eat whenever you fancy a delicious fish meal. But, can you freeze salmon? Yes! You bet you can! If done well there should be no real difference between freshly caught or frozen salmon.
So how do you freeze salmon? Well, you can already buy it freshly frozen from many supermarkets but if you do need to freeze some fresh salmon you bought then here is how.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing salmon:
How To Freeze Salmon
Freezing salmon is fairly easy but it does need doing properly to ensure the fish doesn’t spoil. Just follow these instructions for beautifully frozen salmon.
- If your fish isn’t prepared then you should fillet and prep the salmon before freezing.
- Wrap the salmon in a double layer of cling film to keep it airtight.
- Prepare a freezer bag by labelling it with the name of the contents and the date.
- Pop your wrapped salmon into the bag and seal it tightly. If you can squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing.
- Pop it into the freezer. It is as easy as this!
Can You Freeze Salmon Mousse?
Salmon mousse is a delicacy that can be enjoyed any time of year, although it is often kept for special occasions. If you are preparing for a dinner party or you just have leftovers you can freeze salmon mousse.
To freeze just pop it into an airtight, freezer container, label and then freeze. Just beware that the texture and taste might change a little after it has thawed out. The mousse might even separate out and require re-blending or mixing before eating. If You don’t mind this change then there is no reason not to try and freeze your leftover salmon mousse!
Can You Freeze Salmon Terrine?
Salmon terrine is another favourite for dinner parties and you can save yourself time later by prepping salmon terrine ahead of time and freezing it. Just prep the terrine, wrap well in cling film and then freeze in a suitable container or freezer bag. You will need to allow yourself plenty of time for the terrine to defrost slowly to avoid too much in texture change.
Add any garnish after defrosting and you should have beautiful terrine that is ready to serve.
How Long Can You Freeze Salmon?
Salmon is a fatty fish and these don’t tend to keep as long as leaner fishes when frozen. As such you should be looking to use your salmon within about two months of freezing. After this, you might find the texture changes too much and it could taste freezer burned.
You Can Freeze Salmon for Around 2 Months
How Do You Defrost Salmon?
When it comes to defrosting salmon you should allow plenty of time for it to thaw out fully. No one wants to end up sick from spoiled salmon! To thaw it out simply take the salmon out of the freezer and pop it into a bowl in the fridge. This will then allow the salmon to thaw out fully and slowly.
Some store-bought salmon can be cooked from frozen but make sure you check the instructions on the packaging and don’t try this with fresh salmon you froze yourself.
Can You Refreeze Salmon?
Fish has a bit of a bad reputation for causing stomach bugs but you can avoid this by not refreezing any fish, including salmon. If you refreeze and thaw out for a second time then you are in danger of the fish spoiling and causing people to get ill.
Does Salmon Freeze Well?
Salmon is a fish that does freeze very well. You shouldn’t notice too much of a difference in taste or texture as long as you have frozen it well and kept it airtight. In some cases, it is recommended to choose to freeze your salmon over keeping it in the fridge! This is because the salmon will start to degrade as soon as it is caught and if you can freeze the salmon quickly you lock in more of the nutrients.
Other Questions about Salmon
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to salmon – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about salmon then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Smoked Salmon?
As you can probably imagine, you have to treat smoked salmon completed different to the salmon we have discussed here. The long and short of it is that yes, you can freeze smoked salmon but there’s an awful lot more to it than that. That’s exactly why we’ve written a dedicated article about freezing smoked salmon.
Can You Freeze Salmon Salad?
Obviously, when it comes to salmon salad, there is an unlimited number of combinations of ingredients. However, when it comes to any salads we would always advise freezing the ingredients separately, combining them at a later date when thawed and then dressing fresh.