Can I Refreeze Thawed Salmon? (Helpful Tips)

Can I Refreeze Thawed Salmon

The question “Can I refreeze thawed salmon?” has been a hot topic among fish lovers and fishermen alike.

The answer is yes; you can refreeze thawed salmon. But there are some things you need to know about the process before you go ahead and refreeze your thawed fish.

Firstly, make sure that it’s not freezer burnt or otherwise damaged in any way by being frozen too long.

Secondly, when reheating your seafood be careful not to overcook it as this will have a detrimental effect on its flavor and texture.

Finally, remember that although you can refreeze thawed salmon according to these guidelines; doing so may shorten its shelf life which means the quality of meat may diminish over time if done repeatedly (especially after many refreezes).

How to refreeze thawed salmon?

Refreezing thawed salmon is made possible by the fact that refreezing seafood is safe.

One of the main reasons refreezing seafood is possible is because refrozen fish will not develop harmful bacteria in its meat if it’s refrozen within a few days or so.

However, refreezing thawed fish repeatedly does have the potential for decreasing its freshness.

When refreezing thawed fish, it’s best to let it cool down before refreezing.

When refreezing frozen seafood, make sure to use a container that’s large enough to hold your refrozen item without being so big that it causes the refrozen seafood to refreeze faster than it thaws.

This means refreezing your thawed salmon in a container smaller than the one you originally refroze it in will be more effective at refreezing your fish.

To refreeze now thawed salmon quicker, try adding some salt to it.

Salting thawed food helps increase refrozen seafood’s temperature faster, and salt also helps refreeze thawed fish quicker because it reduces freezing points.

If you refreeze salmon that has been refrozen multiple times make sure to refreeze it in small portions so you don’t end up refreezing it before you can use it. 

The refreezing process is most effective in keeping foods fresh when refrozen as soon as possible.

So it’s best to refreeze your thawed fish quickly so you can get the most out of refreezing seafood.

Is it safe to refreeze thawed salmon?

As mentioned, refreezing thawed fish is possible and safe as refrozen seafood does not have to develop harmful bacteria in its meat if refrozen within a few days after the initial freezing.

If refrozen within this time, refreezing seafood will rarely cause any problems for anyone who eats it.

Unfortunately, refreezing thawed fish with a refreeze time of more than this is likely to decrease its freshness and even cause food safety risks.

This is because refreezing food frequently will increase the refrozen food’s exposure to harmful bacteria.

Also, refreezing thawed salmon meat may compromise its texture and flavor as refreezing seafood has the potential to impact the freshness of proteins which is what gives your fish its taste and quality.

How long can refrozen salmon last?

The refreezing time of smoked salmon is pretty much the same as other types of fish.

According to the USDA, refrozen salmon should be thrown away after two months in your refrigerator.

How many times can you defrost and refreeze salmon?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines, you can refreeze thawed fish about three times before its quality and freshness are compromised.

I know this sounds like a lot but I personally do it once per week without noticing anything negative (except that I sometimes forget to defrost my salmon).

But then again the quality of the salmon is subjective and I am eating it two months later without noticing anything negative.

So, depending on what you will be using your thawed fish for I guess the number of times you can refreeze the fish before its quality is compromised comes down to how much time you have and whether or not you’re willing to sacrifice some portion of your salmon in order to eat well.

How do I know if my salmon is refrozen?

When your salmon has been refrozen before, you will be able to see it in the meat of the fish.

The most common way a thawed salmon will probably look different than a brand new one is that its color and even some parts of its texture and shape will begin to look faded.

Can you refreeze smoked salmon?

Smoked salmon is refreezable but it should only be refrozen once or twice before the quality of its meat begins to decline.

Refreezing smoked salmon more than twice will likely diminish its taste and texture.

Smoked salmon is pretty good for refreezing as it’s usually frozen at very low temperatures.

This means refreezing it will have little effect on its texture or flavor and, because of the smoking process used in the making smoked salmon.

Refreezing will likely not increase the number of harmful bacteria present in your refrozen smoked salmon.

Is refreezing smoked salmon is safe?

Refreezing smoked salmon is perfectly safe as refreezing does not have the potential to cause your refrozen fish to develop harmful bacteria in it.

But refreezing smoked salmon more than once is not recommended.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, refreezing thawed salmon is possible and safe.

However, refreezing salmon more than twice will likely diminish its taste and texture.

I refreeze thawed salmon probably more than twice a week and I always refreeze it without noticing anything negative.

I hope that by following the tips I shared in this post, you’ll be able to refreeze your thawed salmon successfully.


USDA: Food Safety and Inspection Service