How to Can Frozen Salmon – The Easiest Way

how to can frozen salmon

Canned salmon is a great way to have protein on hand, and it’s easy to make at home. I recently tried to can frozen salmon, and let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

Canning a fish is the best way to preserve it. And what can be more flavourful than homemade canned salmon?

Lucky for you, I have already done all the hard work, and will be telling you the easy way out. From ingredients to the procedure here is how to can frozen salmon.

How To Can Frozen Salmon?

Canning a fish is the ideal way to preserve its nutritional content and flavor for longer periods of time.

Canned fish, such as salmon, is a convenient and tasty snack that can be enjoyed any time of year.

The procedure of canning is quite simple, but it does require certain equipment and ingredients.

In order to can salmon successfully at home, you will need a large stockpot with a rack, flat lids for the jars that you are using, and salt.

Here is everything you need beforehand to start with the procedure:

Select a canner: Canning is a slow and steady process, so you will need to use a large stockpot with a rack that can hold plenty of jars. Make sure the pot is deep enough to cover the tallest jars fully, yet not too tall that it prevents the lid from sealing properly.

Select your jars: While any standard canning jar will work for fish, some manufacturers produce special wide-mouth jars designed to pack whole pieces of food like fish fillets or chunks. These are ideal if you plan on canning larger portions of salmon or other types of fish.

Prepare your lids and rings: Before starting to prepare your salmon, wash all lids and rings in warm water, then boil them together for five minutes to ensure that they are properly sterilized. Remove them from the water, and set them aside for the time being.

Select your salt: Salt is an important ingredient in canning fish, as it helps preserve its flavor and prevent spoilage. For salmon, we recommend using high-quality sea salt or pure kosher salt with no additives like iodine. This will help keep your canned fish tasting fresh for months to come!

Everything You Need To Make Canned Salmon.

  • Salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons, sliced (optional)
  • Dill weed (optional)
  • Bay leaves (optional)
  • Canning jars and lids
  • A large pot or canning kettle
  • A rack to fit inside the pot or kettle
  • A jar lifter
  • A funnel
  • A ladle
  • A clean damp cloth


1. Start by preparing your salmon fillets for canning. Rinse the salmon under cold water, then pat dry with a clean towel. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and brush lightly with olive oil.

2. If desired, add lemon slices or dill weed to each canning jar before packing in the salmon fillets. You can also include bay leaves if you like, although this is optional.

3. Place your prepared jars on a rack inside a large pot or canning kettle, making sure that they are not touching each other or the sides of the pot/kettle. Fill the pot/kettle with water until it reaches 2-3 inches below the rim of the jars. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

4. Carefully ladle your salmon fillets into the jars using the funnel, making sure not to pack them too tightly. You should leave about 1 inch of space at the top of each jar.

5. Once all of your salmon has been packed into jars, use a clean damp cloth to wipe any excess moisture from around the rim of each jar. Securely screw on the lid, making sure that it is tight.

6. Return the pot or kettle with your filled jars to a rolling boil and allow to cook for 20 minutes, gently stirring every few minutes so that the fish cooks evenly throughout.

7. Remove your canning jars from the boiling water and allow them to cool completely on a clean surface. When the jars are cool enough to handle, use the jar lifter to transfer them to your refrigerator or freezer for storage. Enjoy your canned salmon anytime you need an easy and delicious protein source!

Tips On Canning Frozen Salmon.

If you’re looking for a way to preserve your frozen salmon, canning is the perfect method. In this post, we’ll go over how to can freeze salmon so that you can enjoy it throughout the year.

1. Start by defrosting your fish in the refrigerator or under cold water. If there’s any excess moisture on your fish, pat it dry with a paper towel before starting.

2. Next, prepare your jars and lids according to best practices for canning seafood. Make sure that each jar has enough headspace at the top so that you don’t risk breakage when transferring hot food into them from the pot. Also, be sure to check that all of your lids have an airtight seal.

3. As you work, keep your fish pieces whole or cut them into smaller chunks that will fit well inside the jars. If you plan to use salt or other flavoring ingredients in your recipes, be sure to wait until after you’ve packed your salmon into jars. This will help keep your fish from becoming overly salty during the canning process.

4. Once all of your jars are filled and sealed, place them carefully in a large pot of water and heat them over medium-high heat until they reach a gentle boil. Maintain this level of heat throughout the entire canning process to ensure that all of the fish is cooked evenly and stays safe for consumption when it’s time to eat.

5. Let your jars cool for a few hours once canning is complete. This will help them maintain their seal and keep your salmon fresh inside the jar. Then, store them in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use your canned fish. With proper care and storage, it should be good to eat for up to one year.

Can Frozen Salmon Be Canned?

It is a universal question with only one right answer. It is vital to thaw your salmon before you can it. Canned salmon is very nutritious and delicious, but in order to get the nutrients from the fish, you need to thaw it first. There are several different methods of thawing seafood, including refrigeration and a cold water bath.

Thawing your frozen salmon inside the refrigerator is simple and convenient. Simply place your frozen salmon on a plate or tray on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator for at least 24 hours before beginning to process it. The cold air circulating in the fridge will help defrost your fish safely without drying it out or introducing bacteria from warmer areas of your freezer that might be present if you were to leave it there for too long.

Alternatively, if you do not have time for 24 hours of thawing, you can also use a cold water bath method to speed up the process. To do this, place your frozen salmon into a large bowl or pot of cold water and change out the water every 30 minutes until it is completely thawed. Make sure that the salmon is fully submerged in the water at all times and that no ice remains on the surface once it begins to defrost.

Once your salmon is completely thawed, you can begin to prepare it for canning.

How Do You Can A Frozen Salmon In A Pressure Cooker?

If you want to can your salmon in a pressure cooker, it’s important to use the right amount of salt and water. If you don’t, your salmon may not can properly, or it may make your food taste off or bitter.

Before you start canning any frozen salmon in a pressure cooker, make sure that you have all of the proper equipment on hand. You’ll need a pressure cooker with a rack inside so that the fish is not sitting directly on the bottom of the pot. You’ll also need plenty of clean jars and lids for sealing the cans once they are done cooking.

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, start by prepping your salmon fillets for canning. Rinse them well under cold water and then pat them dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.

Next, pour enough water into your pressure cooker to just cover the bottom of the pot. You’ll need to add approximately one tablespoon of salt per quart of water to the pot. If you’re planning on canning multiple salmon fillets, make sure that you use enough water and salt so that it covers all of them completely.

After adding your salt and water, place a rack inside the pressure cooker and then place your prepared salmon fillets on top of it, making sure that they are not stacked on top of each other. Once all of your fish is in the pot, seal the lid tightly and bring the pressure up to 10 lbs over medium heat until steam begins to escape from the valve.

Once your pressure is up, reduce the heat to low so that you maintain steady steam. Let your fillets cook for about 20-30 minutes or until they are fully cooked through. Once finished cooking, remove your salmon from the pot and allow it to cool completely before placing it into jars and sealing them with lids.

Congratulations – you’ve just successfully canned fresh frozen salmon in a pressure cooker!

FAQs – How To Can Frozen Salmon

How do you preserve frozen fish?

You can preserve frozen fish by flash-freezing it. When you freeze food, the water inside the cells turns to ice. This expansion of the water causes the cell membranes to break, and the cell contents are lost. By rapidly freezing food, you reduce the time that the food is in contact with ice, reducing damage to the cells. This is called “flash freezing”.

Can you use frozen meat for canning?

Yes. Frozen meat can be used for canning as long as it is of high quality and has been handled properly. Food-grade frozen meat is generally considered safe to use for canning, provided that it was flash-frozen immediately after being butchered and has stayed frozen solid ever since. 
Always thaw the meat completely in the refrigerator before using it in a recipe, and never use frozen meat that has thawed at any other temperature.

Do you add vinegar when canning salmon?

Yes, you can add vinegar when canning salmon. The acid in the vinegar helps to prevent spoilage and bacteria growth.

How long will home-canned salmon last?

It will last for two to three years. The key to keeping canned salmon from going bad is to keep it in a cool, dark place where light and heat won’t affect it. And make sure the lid on the can is tight so that air doesn’t get in and oxidize the oil. If you do end up with some cans of bad salmon, just toss them out.

Congrats! Time To Can Your Salmon.

This was my guide on how to can frozen salmon. It is easy, as long as you stay true to the instructions, the outcome will be nothing short of delicious. 

No need for store-bought, preservative-full, salmon. Canning a salmon is as easy as it sounds. 

So, head to your kitchen and start canning because you CAN!