Frozen vs Fresh Salmon: Dietitian Review

We asked Anna & Alex, Accredited Practicing Dietitians and the pair behind The Biting Truth to try our frozen Salmon to Go portions – read on to find out their verdict!

Frozen vs Fresh Salmon: Dietitian Review

While the idea of healthfulness for many involves eating everything fresh from the fishmonger, organic from the markets and even home-grown if possible. The reality is that for most of us, this isn’t possible. If you’re like us, you’re looking for convenient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to eat healthy (hello frozen foods)!

As dietitians, we know all too well the benefits of incorporating oily fish like salmon into our weekly diet. We’re always looking for ways to make healthy eating more convenient and affordable for you guys, which is why we were excited to try Huon’s new frozen salmon, ‘Salmon to Go’!

We know many people avoid buying frozen fish as they’re concerned it isn’t as high quality as fresh; however, this simply isn’t the case!

Here we look at how frozen salmon stacks up nutritionally as well as from a taste perspective when compared to fresh salmon.


What is ‘Salmon to Go’?

Huon’s ‘Salmon to Go’ is frozen portions of delicious Huon Salmon that has been harvested, carefully portioned, then frozen. Each pack contains individually wrapped salmon portions.

Huon’s ‘Salmon to Go’ features the RSPCA Approved logo, which means the fish have been raised their entire life with a focus on their welfare, from the hatchery through to harvest.

Given that in Australia the most commonly eaten frozen seafood is catfish fillets from farms in Vietnam, we are very excited to see Huon bring a local, high quality product to the market!


What are the health benefits of eating salmon?

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods around and is something we strongly recommend including in your diet every week.

Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to lower incidence of depression, improved brain health in babies, and reduced inflammation. Omega-3 can also help lower blood pressure and triglycerides. Omega-3 fatty acids are not produced by our bodies, so we must obtain them from our diet.

In addition to being one of the richest food sources of omega-3, salmon is an excellent source of protein, making it filling and great for your immune system and other body systems. It also contains vitamin B12, vitamin D, potassium and selenium.


Is frozen salmon just as healthy as fresh?

Many people avoid frozen fish as they worry it isn’t as nutritious as fresh fish – however, the truth is that frozen fish has the same nutritional value as fresh fish. None of the nutrients are lost when fish is frozen. The reason for this is that new technology allows the salmon to essentially be snap frozen immediately after it is caught, preserving all of the nutrients.

Consider also, what is sold as fresh salmon is often fresh-frozen, meaning it was frozen after being caught and defrosted for sale. Freezing fish shortly after it’s caught is the only way to lock in all the goodness it has to offer. So, no matter if you purchase fresh or frozen salmon, you’ll be getting the same amount of important nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and protein.


Does frozen salmon taste as good as fresh salmon?

There’s no denying fresh salmon has always been our go-to option. When you eat seafood like salmon you want the best possible flavour and texture.

Huon’s ‘Salmon to Go’ doesn’t disappoint – it tastes amazing! With a delicate flavour and tender, flaky texture, it has none of the wateriness or loss of firmness one might expect from frozen fish.


How to cook frozen salmon

The key is to thaw the fish properly prior to cooking it; if you do so the texture and flavour will be just as good as if it were fresh.

Once thawed, the salmon can be prepared any number of ways – baked, pan-seared or grilled – for use in pastas, salads or as the star of the meal.


Our Verdict

We’re converts! Not only is Huon’s ‘Salmon to Go’ just as healthy as fresh salmon, it tastes great and you get to enjoy the savings and convenience of buying frozen salmon. This means you’ll always have the option of salmon for dinner if you keep a packet in your freezer!

Check out this yummy Dukkah Crusted Salmon with Zesty Veggies recipe we created using the ‘Salmon to Go’ portions.