ArrowDownFill 1arrow-small-lineFill 1Cooking Light - EasyCooking Light - FastCooking Light - So GoodCooking Light - How-ToCooking Light - Staff FaveCooking Light Badge - Wow!GroupClose IconEmailEmpty Star IconLike Cooking Light on FacebookFull Star IconShapePage 1 Copy 3Page 1 Copy 2Grid IconHalf Star IconFollow Cooking Light on InstagramList IconMenu IconPrintSearch IconSpeech BubbleFollow Cooking Light on SnapchatFollow Cooking Light on TwitterWatch Cooking Light on YouTubeplay-iconWatch Cooking Light on Youtube

How Long Does Cooked Salmon Keep in the Fridge?

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Should you risk that second-day fish? Maybe. Maybe not. Here's how you can know whether your leftover salmon is safe to eat, or if you should send it straight to the garbage.

Whether you cooked up an amazing salmon recipe last night, or you're bringing home a box from a restaurant that was just too much to finish in one sitting, you’re left with a portion of cooked salmon. The next day rolls around, and you have lunch and dinner plans. Finally, you get around to eating it two days after you cooked it, but then you’re left wondering, “Is this still OK to eat?”

The answer—YES. In fact, salmon lasts in the fridge for up to 3 days after it has been cooked.

According to our Test Kitchen chefs, the fresher the fish is when it’s cooked, the longer it lasts. “If the fish was in good condition before I cooked it (not stinking, no ammonia, skin was firm), I would be sure to eat it within 3 days,” says Cooking Light Test Kitchen chef Adam Hickman.

Genius Trick for Moist, Flavorful Poached Salmon

Unfortunately, when dining out, we don’t really know how fresh the salmon is before it’s cooked, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when bringing home leftover salmon and eat it within 2 days.