Freezing salmon for lox

Asked February 10, 2020, 1:17 PM EST

I want to make lox using the cold smoke method. Is frozen lox from supermarkets okay to use for cold smoking? If not, how would I go about getting the right frozen salmon? Does anyone in the Portland area flash freeze for a fee? Thank you.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Hi there - so very sorry about the delayed response to this question. We passed the question around the horn trying to get an appropriate answer for your question.

Buying frozen lox from the store and cold smoking it should be fine as long as you follow the general cold smoking methods (https://seafood.oregonstate.edu/sites/agscid7/files/snic/smoking-fish-at-home-safely.pdf). The freezing step is really important for consuming undercooked/raw fish because freezing destroys parasites that are likely to be present in the fish - therefore, if you wanted to cold smoke your own salmon, we would recommend that you freeze it.

Something to keep in mind - lox have already been brined, so you won't need to do that step yourself. Also, most lox sold at retail have already been cold-smoked, so your process may be redundant.

Best of luck! Hope it turns out.

Joy