Trader Joe’s LIGHTLY SMOKED SALMON (can)


THIS IS A TERRIFIC NEW ITEM – “Boneless, skinless salmon that has been gently smoked with Applewood”

(One portion contains a whopping 21 grams of protein!)

RAVE

Trader Joe’s recently came out with this item they call “Lightly Smoked Salmon“. Find it with the cans of tuna, sardines, and at least two other types of canned salmon they sell. I was intrigued when I first saw it, even a bit confused by the name. Huh? “Lightly Smoked Salmon”? In a can!? Having tried it, all I can say is it’s a terrific new product. I think Trader Joe’s has a major hit with this. However the name is a bit off. Tasting it I didn’t think “lightly smoked salmon” at all, and it doesn’t taste like what you and I think of when we see “smoked salmon”. Tasting it for the first time I simply thought: “this must be the best canned salmon I’ve ever tasted”. Like some GOURMET STUFF! In fact it made me think of those deluxe gourmet tins of fish like high end canned tuna from Spain (Ortiz for example) which can sell for $15.

To me, this Lightly Smoked Salmon is “salmon poached in extra virgin olive oil” (You know, like lobster poached in butter?) When you open the can you find an appetizing hunk of pure center cut salmon without skin or bones (so zero waste). It’s swimming in an orangish olive oil (the color came from the salmon). Because of this, the salmon is so moist and flaky! It’s got a delicious flavor and texture from being cooked in some decent extra virgin olive oil. As far as the “Applewood smoke flavor” well, I would say that is so “light” as to be just at most an under-note? Frankly I barely taste that. First and foremost I taste really tasty salmon. It was so tasty frankly I couldn’t stop trying it. I kept saying to myself, “just one more little taste” and shortly noticed the can was nearly empty. It’s that good, people. That golden EVOO it’s packed in? I tell you, do not get rid of this golden juice the way one pours off the oil in tuna. Here the liquid juices plus the EVOO together make for a delicious yummy sauce. Its decent Extra Virgin Olive Oil imbued with salmon flavor as it was the poaching liquid. I just spooned it over the fish with a squeeze of lemon and voila, a delicious sauce for this lovely fish.

You can use this salmon exactly like a piece of poached salmon. You could just open up the can and put the salmon on a plate – or on top of a salad or greens, or to top a protein bowl, or into an avocado or what have you – and have a lovely, delicious (and healthy) dinner or lunch with almost no effort. This salmon is wonderful as-is right out of the can. Try it on a toasted bagel, on toast, or on crackers. Or on CRISPBREAD for a Scandinavian open faced sandwich (very good match).

On Trader Joe’s Norwegian Crispbread with cream cheese and cucumbers

Mix a bit of mayo and lemon juice into the salmon and have great salmon salad in a minute. This salmon is perfect, especially for summer and/or whenever you don’t feel like cooking. The other night I didn’t feel like cooking anything but I found I had a nice ripe avocado I needed to use. I mixed a can of this salmon with a little mayo, lemon juice and some Peri-Peri sauce …. voila! I ate this lovely avocado stuffed with salmon salad for dinner, which took me less than 5 minutes.

One serving contains 190 calories plus you get a whopping 21 grams of protein. Product of Chile. The 5 oz can has about 3.5 oz of drained salmon and sells for $3.69. This is a great pantry item. I would gladly buy it again.

RECIPE IDEA – Japanese Salmon Rice Bowl: Put warm 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 for a year or two to improve with age like 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

3 Comments (+add yours?)

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