There’s really no one way to eat smoked salmon, but it can take any meal from bland to fab in almost no time. Since it is already ‘cooked’, you can eat the succulent slices straight off the package (my personal favorite); put it on toast with cream cheese for a great quick snack; make yourself a smoked salmon candy on the go, or prepare a four-course gourmet meal based on the delicate treat. You really can’t go wrong with this smoky treat.
PLEASE NOTE: As with all seafood and perishable products, it is very important to check all the labels before preparing to ensure you are handling and storing it properly.
- Handling and Storing
Smoked salmon typically comes packaged as a thin side, either whole or already sliced for you. You can also get a slightly fattier ‘steak’-like cut. After the salmon is fully smoked, it is vacuum-sealed and frozen, then shipped to retailers around the world.
Smoked salmon candy is kept under refrigeration for two to three weeks or one week after opening. It can also be frozen for up to three months. It is best to store in the original package or wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to prevent dryness. If air gets in, and the edges get flaky and dry, just trim with a sharp fillet knife.
Do not store smoked salmon with raw food products.
1 ounce of smoked salmon roughly equals 1 slice
Typically, 3-4 ounces is sufficient per person
*figure 1lb will be enough for a party of 4-5
Serving: As soon as the salmon arrives, place in the refrigerator (or freeze it for use at a later date).
Smoked Salmon is already cooked, so it typically needs no further cooking. Preparing it as often as simple as pairing it with herbs, bread, wine, or other foods and drinks.
Best Food Pairings
Cream CheeseBreads (bagels, crackers, toast, etc)Crème fraîcheLemonCapersChivesHerbed DipsSmoked Fish DipsFresh Herbs: parsley, dills, rosemaryCaviar
Smoked Salmon and Wine
Smoked salmon works best when paired with a good dry white (although I like a fruity white with some subtly smoked salmon). The most recommended is always a Gewürztraminer, Riesling (for its sweet acidity), Chenin Blanc, White Zinfandel, Sancerre (very dry), Moscato D’Asti, always served chilled or very cold.
7/19/2018 2:59:30 PM
Yes, thank you for this! Helps a LOT with the order I just received recently of smoked salmon, various caviars, Creme Fraiche, and the blini!! I am new to all of it so the more help of HOW to consume these delectables the better 🙂
3/20/2018 12:36:48 PM
Ty for the good information
2/21/2017 2:33:59 PM
thank you so much I have looked this up and this is the only site that told me whether or not I could eat it out of the package. I have only had it freshly made so I was unsure.