How long can defrosted salmon stay in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can defrosted salmon stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the time for which defrosted salmon stays good in the fridge. Moreover, we are going to discuss the proper way to freeze and thaw salmon.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can defrosted salmon stay in the fridge?

The raw salmon that has been defrosted in the fridge can stay good for about 1-2 days before cooking it.

On the other hand, if you have defrosted salmon in a bowl of cold water or the microwave then it is recommended to cook the salmon immediately.

Moreover, when it comes to cooked salmon it can stay good for about 3-4 days when thawed in the fridge. On the other hand, it is recommended to reheat and eat the cooked salmon immediately that has been thawed in a bowl of cold water or microwave.

The proper way to store salmon in the freezer

You can easily store the salmon in a plastic freezer bag or heavy-duty freezer container in the freezer. 

Salmon belongs to the meat group that is a highly perishable commodity therefore care should be taken while handling, storing, and cooking salmon. 

Moreover, to preserve the quality of the salmon for quite a long time you can opt for vacuum sealing it which is quite effective in prolonging its shelf life.

Vacuum sealing involves the process of putting the salmon in a plastic zipper bag, removing air from it, and almost sealing the bag with a little space left while lowering it into water. Afterward, press out the bubbles from the bag starting from the bottom of the bag and once you reach the sealed end, you should press the seal closed. 

The reason behind doing vacuum sealing is to ensure that there is minimum air present in the plastic zipper bag with the salmon. As air has moisture and oxygen in it that favors bacterial growth, so by removing air, salmon can retain its freshness for a long time.

It is a good practice to divide the salmon into portions or serving sizes that you generally need. By doing so you will be able to just thaw the quantity of salmon that you need while the rest of the salmon can stay in the freezer untouched.

Thus, keeping the salmon in the freezer will increase its shelf life considerably due to the freezer’s cool temperature that halts the bacterial growth on the salmon.

You can read the health benefits of salmon here.

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Different ways to thaw salmon

When it comes to thawing salmon, there are a couple of ways to do so and you can choose any of them depending upon your choice.

In the fridge

The recommended way to thaw the frozen salmon is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight and let it thaw there. The salmon thawed this way can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days before cooking and eating it.

In a bowl of cold water

You can thaw the frozen salmon in a bowl of cold water but you should cook it immediately after thawing. 

In microwave

Moreover, if you are thawing the salmon in the oven or microwave it is recommended to cook it immediately. 

The reason behind cooking the salmon immediately after thawing it in a cold water bowl or microwave is that when you warm the salmon using these methods, the temperature at the surface of the salmon gets higher than that of 40 degrees Fahrenheit before the core temperature can become 40 degrees Fahrenheit and it can thaw completely and that’s when the bacteria can start to grow on the surface rapidly.

Therefore it is advised to cook such thawed salmon immediately until its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Because it is only by cooking the salmon properly that we can get rid of the bacteria completely.

It is worth mentioning that once you have thawed the frozen salmon, you should not refreeze it.

Can I refrigerate the reheated salmon?

So once you have reheated the salmon, you should never refrigerate it. As when you reheat the salmon, its temperature rises more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and we know that bacteria grows at a faster rate between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So the bacteria will find their way to your salmon and you should never refrigerate the reheated salmon.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can defrosted salmon stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the time for which defrosted salmon stays good in the fridge. Moreover, we discussed the proper way to freeze and thaw salmon.

Citations

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18245
https://www.yummly.com/dish/981610/buying-and-storing-salmon#:~:text=How%20long%20is%20salmon%20good%20for%20after%20thawing%3F,two%20days%20in%20the%20refrigerator.
https://www.livestrong.com/article/207004-how-long-can-you-keep-fresh-fish-in-the-fridge-before-you-eat-it/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.