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will salmon keep one day in fridge?

hi all,

I bought some fresh salmon today and decided I don't want it for dinner tonight. Will it keep one day in the fridge? If not, should I freeze it? How will this affect the flavor and texture of the fish? I thought I heard or read that fish doesn't last in the fridge the day after, but I'm hoping I'm wrong about this.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. It really depends on how fresh the fish was when you bought it. If it is completely fresh I would keep it for a day in the fridge, otherwise I might just cook it and make something like salmon cakes or salad the next day.

    1. No problem. Wrap it in saran or a Zip-lock, pack it in a plastic bag surrounded with ice, in a vegetable bin. You'll get some ice melt overnight, no big deal if salmon bag and ice bag are intact and well sealed.

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      1. re: Veggo

        I agree with veggo, you can probably get away with 2 days. i personally don't even worry about the ice bag. it will help keep it fresher, but not necessary.

        1. re: cleopatra999

          I've certainly held salmon for 2 days or more without issue.

          Ever wonder what they do with the unsold thawed salmon at the market. No doubt it goes back on the ice in the display case in the morning.

      2. Thanks everyone for your help. I wrapped the fish really well and put it in the coldest part of the fridge. I'll make it tomorrow for dinner, sounds as if it should be OK. I appreciate your quick replies!!

        1. I've kept salmon up to 3 days in the fridge with no problems.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thanks for sharing, ipsedixit. Good to know!

          2. We get really fresh salmon and often freeze it. It comes out great after the freeze. I've had fish frozen TOO long though and that ruins it's consistency.

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            1. re: joschus

              One tip for freezing fresh fish is to freeze it in a ziplock bag mostly filled with water (leaving enough room for expansion once the water freezes of course). Make sure that the salmon is covered by the water. I've found this helps preserve the texture of pretty much all frozen fish. Also, if the salmon is quite fresh I've kept it in the fridge for three days with no problems.
              Phoo-D
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              1. re: Phoo_d

                Thanks for the freezing tips. I've never frozen fish before, so I appreciate knowing about your success and technique.

            2. Use it to make gravlaks and it will keep for a long time. Nothing to it: equal parts of kosher salt and sugar with a healthy grind of fresh pepper. Cover skin and flesh side of salmon. Pack it in a ziplock bag on a generous bed of fresh dill top and bottom. Push out as much air as possible. Put it in the fridge for 12-36 hours turning from time to time.

              When you're ready, pull it out of the bag and give it a quick rinse. It will have become quite firm and the color will have become more intense.

              Slice off pieces on the bias as thin as possible. YUM!