We’ve all seen nature specials featuring big bears wading in rivers, snapping their jaws at the salmon running upstream. Expert fishers that they are, it seems that no bear goes hungry if it lives near a salmon route. And who can blame them for their hours-long expeditions? Salmon is one of the most popular fish on the dinner table, thanks to its tremendous flavor, nutritional value, and fantastic versatility.
Salmon is particularly delicious in the summertime, when the wild Alaska fish are in season and at their freshest. Three of our favorites are:
King (also called Chinook), which is known as the richest, fattiest, and most prized of the wild salmons.
Coho, which has a mild taste, making it ideal for a variety of preparations.
Sockeye, which is the most delicately flavored wild Alaskan salmon, and known for its bright red color and firm texture.
Keep the variety in mind when deciding on a recipe. King salmon, for instance, needs minimal dressing up in a dish, while Coho salmon can stand up to a marinade, and Sockeye salmon does well cubed for kabobs.
The sky’s the limit with wild salmon — it can be baked, pan-fried, basted, roasted in parchment packets, and more. If you want to keep it simple, most of our Seafood Departments carry cedar and other wood planks for flavorful grilling!
Our Seafood Department is also proud to give you the whole story on the wild-caught fish we sell. All of the wild-caught seafood we offer is from fisheries certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council opens in a new tab or rated either “Green” or “Yellow” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium opens in a new tab Seafood Watch® program and The Safina Center opens in a new tab (formerly Blue Ocean Institute).
We even have our very own port buyers on the Alaskan docks all summer long picking out the best fish for you. Learn more about what Keith and Anthony do in this blog post and video opens in a new tab.
Our quality standards make the salmon available in stores even more special!
Ready to cook? Here are a few of my favorite wild salmon recipes.
Which your favorite type of salmon and how do you like to prepare it? Share with us in the comments below.