How Can You Tell if Salmon Is Spoiled?

Have you ever opened a package of salmon, only to be hit with a foul smell? It’s not uncommon to worry about whether or not your seafood is safe to eat. Here are some tips on how to tell if your salmon is spoiled.


The first and most obvious sign of spoiled salmon is the smell. Fresh salmon should have a mild, ocean-like scent. If it smells sour, pungent, or ammonia-like, it has gone bad and should be discarded immediately.


Another way to tell if your salmon is spoiled is by its color. Fresh salmon typically has a pinkish-orange hue, while older fish may have a faded or dull color. If the flesh appears grayish-brown or greenish in color, it’s best to avoid eating it.


The texture of the salmon can also be an indicator of spoilage. Fresh fish should be firm and springy when touched, with moist flesh that easily flakes apart. Spoiled fish will feel slimy or mushy and may have a thick coating on the outside.

Date Labels

It’s also important to pay attention to any date labels on your packaged salmon. If the “sell-by” date has passed, it’s likely that the fish has started to spoil and should not be consumed.


Proper storage can also prevent salmon from spoiling. Keep your fish refrigerated at temperatures below 40°F (4°C) and consume it within two days of purchase. Frozen salmon can last up to six months in the freezer if kept at 0°F (-18°C) or below.

In conclusion, paying attention to the smell, color, texture, date labels, and storage conditions can help you determine if your salmon is spoiled and avoid potentially harmful health consequences from consuming bad fish. Always err on the side of caution and discard any salmon that you suspect may be spoiled.

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Michael Allen