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@Food52hotline - I have some freezer-burnt salmon fillets :( What are my options?

asked by @LindseyMNorris over 3 years ago
5 answers 4533 views
added over 3 years ago

How are they packaged? Are they in plastic freezer bags, or are they vacuum sealed?

If they're vacuumed sealed, I'd try to use them. Defrost them in a cold water bath and see how they look. If the color is good- ie not gray- and they smell fine, I'd use them. If they are in plastic freezer bags, defrost in the fridge. Check color and smell before making a decision.

added over 3 years ago

Just cook it. Best case, you have salmon. Worst case, you have no salmon.

added over 3 years ago

I think the 2 previous answers are right in the cook and smell test. But you might not want to serve as a fillet. I haven't tried this particular recipe, but ochazuke is a very simple dish where the broth covers some texture or other problems that may occur.


Picture to die for...


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added over 3 years ago

I agree with above. You mIght want to try this recipe...it's delicious and would hide any textural problems.

I've made it without curry and it was still delicious.

added over 3 years ago

If the filets are OK in terms of color and smell, cook them right up and instead of serving as is, make a salad by lightly flaking the cooked salmon, adding mayo and lemon juice to taste, then some finely diced preserved lemon and/or onion, and a bit of freshly ground pepper. I have done this with frozen arctic char that was past its prime and it was surprisingly good.