How long can raw salmon stay in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can raw salmon stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of salmon in different mediums. Moreover, we are going to discuss the easy way to do vacuum sealing at home and the tips to store raw salmon properly.

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

How long can raw salmon stay in the fridge?

Raw salmon can be kept in the fridge for approximately 2 days as long as the safety standards are maintained. Salmon should be stored in air-tight shallow containers or the air-tight plastic zipper bags on the lowest shelf of the fridge.

Salmon belongs to the fish group and is a highly perishable commodity. There is a great risk of bacterial contamination if this food item is not stored and afterward cooked appropriately.

How long does raw salmon keep in the freezer?

Raw salmon lasts for about 2-3 months if kept in an air-tight container, plastic freezer bag, or heavy-duty freezer containers in the freezer. 

Thus keeping the raw salmon in the freezer will increase its shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on the raw salmon.

In the case of fresh salmon, you should wash it thoroughly and pat it dry and afterward proceed with the further steps.  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 or the number of salmon fillets that you need while the rest of the salmon will stay safely in the freezer.

So you can easily store the salmon by wrapping it in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and afterward putting it in the plastic freezer bag or heavy-duty freezer container before storing it in the freezer to protect your salmon from freezer burns. 

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.

How long does raw salmon last after being frozen and thawed?

When it comes to defrosting the frozen salmon, there are a couple of ways that you can choose from. 

  1. 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.
  1. You can thaw the frozen salmon in a bowl of cold water but you should cook it immediately after thawing. 
  1. You can even thaw your salmon in the microwave. If you are thawing the salmon in the oven or microwave it is recommended to cook it immediately. 

How long does raw salmon keep at room temperature?

Raw salmon lasts for about 2 hours when left out of the fridge at room temperature. 

You should discard the raw salmon that has been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the raw salmon being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard raw salmon that is left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is the optimum temperature to store raw salmon?

You should always store your raw salmon at 40°F or below. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40°F and 140°F, therefore it is always advised to store your raw salmon at a lower temperature.

The proper way to vacuum seal raw salmon at home

You can opt for vacuum sealing at home that involves the process of putting the raw 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 raw salmon. As air has moisture and oxygen in it that favors bacterial growth, so by removing air, raw salmon can retain its freshness for a long time. Moreover, you can also use a vacuum sealer pump to easily vacuum seal the raw salmon.

Tips to store raw salmon properly

  1. The raw salmon should be washed thoroughly before storing it in an air-tight container or bag in the fridge. Moreover, you can also opt for vacuum sealing for retaining the freshness of raw salmon for a long time.
  1. It is a good practice to store the raw salmon on the shelf of the fridge rather than the door as there is a lot of temperature fluctuation at the door of the fridge.
  1. It is best practice to store the raw salmon on the lowest shelf of the fridge to eliminate any chances of its dripping on any other food item.
  1. Refrigerate the raw salmon promptly at or below  40°F. 

You can read the health benefits of salmon here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can raw salmon stay in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of salmon in different mediums. Moreover, we discussed the easy way to do vacuum sealing at home and the tips to store raw salmon properly.

Citations

https://www.yummly.com/dish/981610/buying-and-storing-salmon#:~:text=Salmon%20and%20other%20fish%20and,and%20cooked%20the%20same%20day.
https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18245
https://www.freshseafood.com/blogs/fresh-blog/wild-about-salmon-how-to-store-fresh-salmon

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.