frozen salmon

Discussion in 'Fish' started by danj, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. danj

    danj Meat Mopper

    I have a whole salmon (2 fillets) can i still brine and smoke them and have them taste good?
  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Why not? Should be good. Post your results.
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sure you can as long as you froze it fresh. Do you have a food saver or at least a vacuum sealer system of some sort. That will make your frozen meats or fish last alot longer ans NO ziplocks don't lock out the bad stuff in the freezer like freezer burn.
  4. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Absolutely !
    In fact it is recommended that if you are not going to "cook" the fish to over 160*, you should freeze it at zero degrees or below for at least 21 days to kill the parasites that all fish may have.

  5. mrh

    mrh Meat Mopper

    I have bought some frozen salmon filets from the store and brined then smoked they were very good. Of course I have never fished for a salmon to try a true fresh one, so maybe they would be even better!
  6. rhage2

    rhage2 Fire Starter

    Cells in the meat of the Salmon rupture when they freeze, and when you defrost and brine it, it will accept the brine faster. In my opinion there is no difference in taste of a frozen/smoked salmon and a fresh/smoked Salmon as long as like mballi3011 said the Salmon was frozen fresh.

    One thing I have noticed is that the Salmon I have defrosted and smoked have been saturated with water when they defrost. I usually pat them down and let them sit on a towel to evaporate some of the liquid for a bit before I place the fillets in brine.
  7. aiannarelli

    aiannarelli Newbie

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