Aldi stores sell a wide range of delicious, affordable, and unique international foods. So, it probably comes as no surprise that Aldi stocks a variety of smoked salmon offerings.
What Kind Of Salmon Does Aldi Sell?
Aldi carries a variety of smoked salmon offerings, which may change seasonally. Supplies also vary by location and country.
Here are the varieties of smoked salmon currently available at Aldi:
- Specially Selected Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon
- Ducktrap Lightly Smoked Salmon Filets
- Specially Selected Cracked Black Pepper Hot Smoked Salmon
- The Fishmonger 2 Hot Smoked Salmon Filets
Some of the smoked salmon varieties sold at Aldi specify that they’re sourced from Norway, while others simply specify that they’re Atlantic salmon.
The most current confirmed shelf price for Aldi’s popular Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon is $3.99 for 3 oz.
Is Aldi Smoked Salmon Raw Or Cooked?
Aldi sells both raw and ready-to-eat varieties of smoked salmon. While smoked salmon is never typically sold cooked (as in grilled, baked, or fried), many smoked salmon varieties have been smoked and/or heated to a point where they are safe to consume as is without further preparation.
Regardless, the smoked salmon you buy at Aldi will always specify on its packaging whether or not it’s safe to eat without cooking. Look for a label that says either “ready to cook” or “ready to eat.”
Aldi Smoked Salmon Ingredients
For the most part, the smoked salmon available at Aldi contains just two ingredients: salmon and salt.
However, the seasonal flavored smoked salmon varieties sometimes available at Aldi contain artificial flavors while other varieties contain spices such as cracked pepper and garlic.
Smoked salmon is gluten free, dairy free, and free of all common allergens unless otherwise noted on the packaging.
How Do You Prepare Aldi Smoked Salmon?
If you buy any of Aldi’s “ready to eat” varieties of smoked salmon, then you won’t have to do anything other than open the package and enjoy.
But if you decide to purchase Ducktrap’s Lightly Smoked Salmon Filets from Aldi, then you will have to either bake, grill, or pan fry your salmon before eating it.
Here are some helpful ideas for how to prepare raw salmon from Sweet Peas and Saffron.
What To Eat With Aldi’s Smoked Salmon?
One of the best things about smoked salmon is that it can be eaten on its own or used to accompany a wide range of other foods.
Here are some ideas for what to pair with your Aldi’s Smoked Salmon:
- Crackers and cheese
- Bagels, cream cheese, and dill
- Avocado toast
- Soft scrambled eggs
- Loaded baked potatoes
- Eggs benedict
Is Aldi Smoked Salmon Any Good?
For the most part, shoppers seem to really like the smoked salmon sold at Aldi, particularly the Specially Selected Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon.
Here are some comments from a couple of Reddit users who believe that Aldi’s smoked salmon is even better than the smoked salmon available at Walmart and Trader Joe’s.
Here’s another thumbs up for a Reddit user who used Aldi’s smoked salmon on a dressed-up bagel with cream cheese:
Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-popular varieties of smoked salmon available at Aldi’s.
Here’s a grab from a Mashed article that dives into customer reactions to Specially Selected’s flavored salmon offerings:
How long does Aldi smoked salmon last?
Fully smoked salmon should be consumed within 1-2 weeks of purchasing if kept in the refrigerator. Lightly smoked salmon, however, should be cooked and consumed within 3-5 days.
Can you eat Aldi smoked salmon raw?
Some varieties. The varieties of smoked salmon sold at Aldi labeled as “ready to eat” can be consumed without any further preparation. However, Aldi also sells some “lightly smoked” salmon varieties which need to be cooked before consuming.
How do you know if Aldi smoked salmon is bad?
While fish is always bound to smell slightly fishy, smoked salmon should never smell foul or offensive. If your smoked salmon has a strong fishy odor or if it has started to change color, it should be disposed of and not consumed.
Aldi carries a few different varieties of smoked salmon, including their staple Specially Selected Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon. All of these salmon varieties are available for surprisingly low prices starting at just $3.99. If you’re looking for a great place to buy smoked salmon, Aldi is a perfect place to try.