How Long Does Smoked Salmon Last?

I know you love Salmon as much as the next guy – I mean, who doesn’t? Not only do I find it tasty, but it’s extremely nutritious as well.

If you’re looking for a food which has the highest omega-3, then you’ve got yourself a keeper. Salmon is also a great food for preventing cancer and heart attacks.

I regularly consume salmon on a daily basis as I love what it does for me. It works wonders! But like any other salmon-lover out there, we need to ask this question – How long does smoked salmon last?


How Long Does It Last When Being Refrigerated?

Salmons are usually sought-after for its convenience, I love how you're able to keep them stored and ready for action for a measurable amount of time. However, there are a number of variables affecting its edibility.

For instance, knowing how it was being prepared and what method was being used to preserve the fish or identifying the process it went through are all important factors which play an important role in recognizing its sell by date.

Here’s the good news, it can survive for months on end when it’s being frozen – yes, and this applies to both hot-smoked and cold-smoked salmon which is great.

But I have another thought-provoking news, it can even last for one year! Of course, this is only made possible with a really high-quality fish.

On the contrary, when it’s being refrigerated, it can only last for about one week the moment it has been opened. I do advise you to read the labels, it’ll indicate when its expiration date.

How To Tell If The Salmon Has Already Gone Bad?

One thing I always do when I purchase salmon is I take a long whiff of its smell – it reminds me of the open sea! In connection, you’ll be able to tell if it has already spoiled by using our senses.

Specifically, our sense of smell. Although I’m not going to say that it’s completely reliable, but a rotten salmon has some pretty distinct qualities.

A perfectly fine cooked salmon smells a bit neutral and mild. On the other hand, an edible smoked salmon is a heaven – it gives off a pleasant-smelling, smoky fragrance that immediately boosts up your appetite.

However, when it’s rotten, the smell is a bit off. You should immediately throw your salmon away – I know, it’s not easy. We’ve all been there. But that nasty fishy smell isn’t good for your digestive system at all.

For a better description of the smell, it’s sour. It kind of reminds me of ammonia. If you’ve noticed that the odor is different, even if on its exterior it looks perfectly fine and normal, it’s a confirmation that it has already gone bad.

Is There A Way To Lengthen Its Shelf Life?

Fortunately, there are ways where you can extend its shelf life. In fact, these are simple steps which anyone can follow.

If you fancy purchasing fresh salmon, make sure that you are taking note of the time – it should be already in the refrigerator within 2 hours of obtaining. If you don’t, it hoards in bacteria which makes the salmon spoil faster.

Raw salmon is the quickest to decay, it only has the lifespan of 2 days. Additionally, EatByDate has stated that the temperature should be adjusted to under 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent speeding its decaying process.

On the other hand, your smoked salmon is able to last for 9 months to a year if it has been carefully sealed with plastic and aluminum foil. This goes the same with cooked and canned.

Salmon could either be one of two things – you found on the grocery shelf or in the freezer section at the grocery store.

These two factors play an important role in guiding you as to where you're going to store it right after.

If it's the former, you can easily keep the salmon in the pantry. While if it's the former, it should be kept in the refrigerator.

Either way, if it has already been opened, you must find a tightly secured container for the fish and put it in the fridge after.

Also, I’d like to point out how important a food saver is for preservation. To get more information on how to do this, you may refer to this video.

Is There A Harm In Refreezing?

As much as possible, don't refreeze your salmon once it has already been taken out as the results are ugly.

This will lead to an unwanted decline of the meat's color, you'll also notice that its moistness has been heavily affected.

And the worst part, its taste has been compensated.

Honestly, it would be better to consume of what’s left rather than taking the risk of possibly throwing out a good example that could have been eaten.

If you want to get incredible results for your frozen smoked salmon, I would recommend thawing it out first in the freezer.

What Are The Consequences Of Eating Rotten Salmon?

Unfortunately, the consequences are grave. And it doesn’t matter how strong your immune system is, the bacteria from the salmon is going to penetrate one way or another.

Ordinarily, you might rely on the expiration date to tell whether it’s still edible or not, but I don’t want you to rely on that alone.

There are cases where the food hasn’t been sealed properly, making it rotten even before the expiration date. And the germs aren't easy to kill if it has already started to develop molds and bacteria.

As a matter of fact, cooking the salmon is futile in this case – it won’t be enough to eliminate the toxins. Unless if you’re going to decide to heat it up to 145 degrees.

There’s a specific name for food poisoning coming from salmon, it’s called as Scombroid poisoning or sometimes it has been referred as histamine poisoning.

This usually happens if the salmon hasn’t been wrapped and refrigerated properly right after its acquisition – its bacteria buildup is extremely fast.

Wrapping It Up

I think we both can agree that smoked salmon is awesome in every possible way – however, it needs to be eaten in less than a week to avoid it becoming rotten.

To be honest, I think we both won't have a problem with consuming something that tastes so good, right?

Just remember to keep an eye out for any signs of deterioration of the meat. Aside from that, smoked salmon is as good to go.

I hope I’ve answered all of your questions, but if I missed something out, feel free to comment down below – I’m more than willing to assist!


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