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


TERRIFIC! – “Skinless, boneless salmon in Extra Virgin Olive Oil“. A portion contains a whopping 21 grams of protein!

Trader Joe’s came out with this new product they call “Lightly Smoked Salmon“. You will find it 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 one the shelf and a bit confused by it’s name (huh? smoked salmon in a can?). Forget about the “smoked”. Just know this is terrific canned salmon, maybe the best gourmet one you ever had. Trader Joe’s has a hit here. I find it it’s so popular, it sometimes sells out. Now to me the word “smoked” is is off and confusing. Ignore it. Its nothing like “smoked salmon” in a fresh package. I would just call this “the best can of salmon” you ever had. Practically Gourmet. This made me think of the gourmet tins of fish like high end canned tuna from Spain (Ortiz for example) which can sell for $15-25 a can! TJ’s so called Lightly Smoked Salmon is basically “salmon poached in extra virgin olive oil”. When you open the can you see an appetizing piece of Atlantic salmon, and unlike most canned salmon this is boneless and skinless, for many a big plus. The fish is swimming in yellow/orange olive oil (the color from the salmon). The salmon is so flaky and incredibly moist. It has an excellent flavor and texture from being cooked in a decent quality extra virgin olive oil. Yes, it’s farmed but top quality Atlantic salmon. It is a “Product of Chile”.

Now as far as any “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 just forget they use smoked in the name. Just know this. This salmon was so tasty I couldn’t stop trying it to review. I kept saying “umm, let me just try one more little bite” and shortly noticed the can was almost empty, Yes, people it’s that good. Oh and that golden oil it’s swimming in? If you dump this, you are missing out. I implore you do not dump this precious juice, the way one usually dumps all the oil in a can of tuna. Here the salmon’s juices, mixed with decent Extra Virgin Olive Oil make for a very delicious “sauce” oozing flavor. I just spoon some 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 salad, potatoes, rice bowl, or what have you.

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. Perfect for TJ’s Norwegian CRISPBREAD for a Scandinavian style open faced sandwich.

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

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. You get a whopping 21 grams of protein. 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

8 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

    Liked by 1 person


  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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