Trader Joe’s “LIGHTLY SMOKED SALMON” (gourmet canned salmon)


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TERRIFIC! – “Skinless, boneless salmon in Extra Virgin Olive Oil“.

21 grams of protein per portion!

Trader Joe’s came out with this product they call “Lightly Smoked Salmon“. You will find it in a pink can along with the tuna, sardines, and two or three other kinds of canned salmon they carry. I was intrigued and curious when I first saw this and frankly a bit confused by the name (“smoked salmon”? in a can?!) Forget about the “smoked” in the name, basically just know this is maybe the best and I do mean the BEST salmon in a can you probably ever had. Really great stuff! Trader Joe’s has a hit here. I find it’s so popular, it sometimes sells out. Now frankly to me the word “smoked” is a bit misleading, even confusing, so I would just forget the name…. This is not anything like what you and I think off when we hear “smoked salmon”. I would have named this something like “Premium Canned Salmon” or “Gourmet canned salmon”. This stuff even made me think about those imported pricey gourmet tins of fish like high end canned tuna from Spain (Ortiz for example) which can sell for $15 a can! TJ’s “Lightly Smoked Salmon” is actually a nice pure hunk of salmon poached in extra virgin olive oil. When you open the can you see an appetizing piece of Atlantic salmon. Completely skinless and boneless unlike many canned salmon, just pure meaty salmon. The salmon is swimming in a yellow/orange oil, EVOO and the orange color came from the salmon. Because of this EVOO, the salmon is so flaky and incredibly moist. It has an excellent flavor and texture from being poached in the can in some decent quality extra virgin olive oil. Yes, it farmed salmon but of a very good quality. (“Product of Chile”). As far as “Applewood smoke” which is listed in the ingredients I would say that it’s so light as to be non-existent. I can’t really taste any smoke flavor so forget the word “smoked” and just know that I found this salmon so tasty I couldn’t stop eating it. I kept saying “umm, let me just try one more little bite” and soon noticed the can was almost empty. Oh and that golden oil it’s swimming in? If you dump out this golden elixir you are going to miss out on one of its best points, so I implore you do not dump out this precious oil/juice, the way one usually drains off all that oil in say a can of tuna. This golden sauce is delicious. It’s the salmon juices mixed with decent Extra Virgin Olive Oil which it is cooked in, actually make for a delicious built in “sauce” oozing concentrated salmon flavor. UMAMI. I just spoon a bit of this golden juice over the fish with a squeeze of lemon. So Perfect. You could equally spoon this flavorful golden olive oil over your salmon salad, boiled potatoes, rice bowl or protein bowl, or what have you.

Open faced salmon sandwich on TJ Norwegian Crispbread, cucumbers, cream cheese, lemon. Delicious, try this!

You can use this salmon exactly like you would a piece of poached salmon. You can simply open this up and put the fish on a plate or put it on top of a salad or greens, or in a protein bowl, or mashed up into an avocado for an almost instant delicious (and healthy) dinner or lunch with no effort. This salmon is wonderful as-is right out of the can. On a toasted bagel, on toast, or on crackers. I found it a perfect match with TJ’s great Norwegian CRISPBREAD for a Scandinavian style open faced sandwich. This salmon is especially perfect for summertime heat or whenever you don’t feel like cooking. Mix a bit of mayo and lemon juice into this and you can have a wonderful salmon salad in about a minute. The other night I didn’t feel like cooking. I found I had a nice ripe avocado I needed to use, so I just mixed a can of this salmon with a little mayo, lemon juice and some Peri-Peri sauce and voila! I ate this lovely avocado stuffed with salmon for dinner, which took me less than 5 minutes and was so tasty.

Avocado Stuffed with Salmon
Seaweed Hand Rolls with Salmon and Cucumber

One serving contains 190 calories but best off you get a whopping 21 grams of protein in a can of this. The 5 oz can has about 3.6 oz of drained salmon. It’s $3.69. Product of Chile. Great pantry item. I would gladly buy it again.

RECIPE IDEAJapanese Salmon Rice Bowl: Put some fresh rice in a bowl. Top with this salmon flaked up. Sprinkle on a nice amount of Furikake seaweed blend and chopped scallion. Optional: a sprinkle of Soy Sauce with a sprinkle of Toasted Sesame Oil. Mix gently. YUM.

One might even get extra cans of this salmon and put it away in your larder for a year or two, to improve with age like fine wine*….

*Spain and Portugal have places which specialize serving tinned fish and seafood, aged for a year or two or three… Believe it or not the canned fish actually improves as it ages just like wine. Here’s a video of the late great Tony Bourdain visiting one of these bodegas in Spain, eating from cans of seafood and loving every bite…. EL ESPINALER

11 Comments (+add yours?)

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  4. Jess Beybolds
    Jul 09, 2022 @ 21:46:01

    Great prepper food. Reminds me of French MRE entrees

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  5. Connie Sutherland
    Jul 11, 2022 @ 13:23:12

    Glad to see this — added to my shopping list!

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  7. Patricia James
    Aug 18, 2022 @ 17:12:03

    I picked this up at TJ on a whim. Boy oh boy was I very pleasantly surprised! It is so delicious, I mix with a little mayo, pepper and use it as a dip for my veggies for lunch. I make sure that I keep my pantry well stocked with this, no more tuna for me!

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  8. Douglas
    Dec 16, 2022 @ 14:42:01

    I really hate how this item always goes in and out of stock. Whenever I see it, I’m that asshole who buys all of them. I apologize to the world, but I literally need this item to survive or I’ll die. Literally.

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  9. Connie Sutherland
    Jan 06, 2023 @ 14:35:38

    I wish I had tried the cans I bought MUCH sooner, because this stuff is every bit as good as described above. I need to buy much more of it.

    It’s not over-salted (like virtually every other canned fish), it’s tender and not dry, it’s not “fishy,” the oil it’s packed in is terrific, and it honestly works as well as a piece of fresh-poached salmon in a recipe.

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