Smoked salmon seems to be a mainstay around here, especially during the holiday season. But while it’s a great treat, it often becomes cost prohibitive to really get your salmon on. Cue Aldi! Farm raised in Chile, their smoked salmon is almost half the cost of a lot of other types of smoked salmon. But is it any good? Yes. Yes it is.
Sliced like any other smoked salmon; a thin filet bias-sliced into thinner strips that lift up with a prod from a knife or fork. Yeah, this stuff is salty – an entire pack is almost a full teaspoon of salt – but you should be using this as a condiment, not a main course.Okay fine; I keep telling myself that every time I open a pack of smoked salmon, but I can’t seem to stop myself either. (Note: lox is brine-cured not smoked, so there’s a still higher level of sodium. #loxresponsibly #canthelpmyself)
And I wasn’t able to stop myself with this salmon. There’s a slightly oily feel to this salmon that give it the smoked salmon lusciousness we know and love. The smokey flavor is a mild one, but the oil in the fish leaves a nice smoke finish. This salmon is chewy, though the fish is so soft and smooth that it feels like it melts in the mouth. It’s good stuff.
The package says it’s two servings, but I think that’s dependent upon how much you like salmon, or what you’re using the salmon for. I could easily demolish the entire pack with some celery sticks and crackers, but on a bagel there’s enough to cover three halves evenly. This would also work well with a smoked salmon dip; one package chopped into a half cup of sour cream, add a squeeze of horseradish and/or dill and you’re good to go.
So? Don’t fear the Aldi store-brand smoked salmon. In fact, seek it out.