Is Canned Salmon Safe?

Question: I’m on a tight budget and can’t always afford to buy fresh salmon…I am wondering if the canned varieties are okay?

Dr. Wright: The health benefits associated with eating fatty fish like salmon make it something that should be a staple in everyone’s diet. But it’s quite understandable that fresh seafood isn’t something everyone can afford to buy on a regular basis. While fresh- caught salmon is best (and is something you should certainly treat yourself to when you’re able), canned is much easier on the budget and will allow you to get many of the same health benefits.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Fresh salmon is best? Yes, if it’s wild. I’m really surprised that the wild vs. farmed point wasn’t raised.

  2. says

    In some ways, I think canned salmon can be better for you then fresh. Most of the canned salmon (at least the brands available to me where I live) are wild caught not farmed. When purchasing fresh, it can be difficult to tell if you’re really buying what you’re paying for (sometimes farmed fish is ‘mis-labeled’ as being wild caught to fetch higher prices).

    If you buy your standard can of sockeye red salmon (with skin and bones included), everything in the can is edible and delicious! Less waste, more nutrition.

    Sometimes you can also find canned salmon with the bones and skin already removed. My experience with the skin/bones removed cans is that the fish is generally dry and lacking in flavor (as opposed to being buttery and rich), but I substitute a can of skinless/boneless salmon when the kids ask for Tuna Fish sandwiches. They haven’t noticed the difference and I no longer worry so much about exposing them to excessive amounts of mercury or other chemicals generally found in canned tuna.

    Canned Salmon = Everything is edible, less waste, less expensive, more nutrition, convenient, tasty, wild caught, & negligible traces of Mercury and other toxins.

    I have a great recipe for Salmon Croquettes (uses canned Salmon) on my blog you can check out at

  3. alan says

    The comments on canned salmon are very helpful. I often eat the red
    sock-eye because I believe it is higher in omega-3s than pink salmon. Anyone want to confirm that? thanks.

  4. Anonymous says

    Canned salmon is healthiest. It’s the only one you’ll find that you can be sure of isn’t farmed or made in china.

    I always get a laugh when I pass by the seafood counter and see the salmon with a “made in china” sticker on it. You see they say they fish it in alaska but then send it to china for processing. Hmm.. how fresh is that??? and are you really getting wild caught alaskan salmon. Maybe… but it’s been shipped half way around the world and unfrozen at least 2x’s.. enjoy that “fresh old salmon”

    Eat canned salmon bone in if you want the real deal and want it manufactured in the western hemisphere.

  5. Anonymous says

    You can tell farmed salmon from wild because farmed will be labeled as “Atlantic”. There is no, or virtually no wild Atlantic salmon sold in North America (or probably Europe too for that matter).

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