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Ocean to Table: Alaskan Salmon

Catching a King Salmon in Juneau, Alaska Catching a King Salmon in Juneau, Alaska

Ocean to Table!
Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration. This 16-pound King salmon went from the Juneau, Alaska ocean, to fishing boat, to packaging company, to FedEx and ended up arriving at my New Jersey apartment two weeks after I caught it, filleted and frozen in perfectly-portioned packets. But, “ocean to table” or not, this was an amazing way to get salmon and the highlight of my recent Alaskan vacation.

My frozen Alaskan salmon My frozen Alaskan salmon

I even ate some of the roe while my fishing guide cleaned the salmon dock-side! Freshly plucked from my catch, the bright, bulbous eggs burst in my mouth, strange and salt-less. I think I’ll stick to gourmet grocery stores for my future salmon roe needs.

Hooked on Alaskan Salmon
From what I saw, the Gulf of Alaska seems to be flipping with happy salmon, but I checked the Seafood Watch list when I got home (better late then never!). Luckily, wild-caught Alaskan salmon is identified as the best choice for the environment. Score! For more information check out the complete 126-page Pacific Salmon Seafood Watch Report. If, like me, you’re used to buying farmed salmon from your local fish market, check out the Farmed Salmon Fact Card for a quick overview of some of the problems associated with farming salmon, including parasites and disease.

3 Tasty Species of Pacific Salmon

  • Chinook or King Salmon: Almost everyone agrees that this species, with its fatty, tender flesh, is the best tasting. I was thrilled when I caught one!
  • Coho or Silver Salmon: Also high in fat, this species has firm, pink to red-orange flesh.
  • Sockeye or Red Salmon: This species is most often used for canning. It has firm red flesh.

Cooking it Up!
Alaskan salmon bakes are popular stops for tourists, celebratory, summer feasts catering to bussed-in and cruising crowds. And the salmon tastes amazing cooked over a huge grill!

Serving up salmon from the grill at an Alaskan salmon bake Serving up salmon from the grill at an Alaskan salmon bake

Browsing recipes to use my treasured salmon stash, I’ve found that preparation options are endless for this versatile, meaty fish. Here are some recipes from Cooking Channel chefs that made it onto my “to-make” list.

Salmon Salad Char Grilled Salmon Salad from Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam

Have you been fishing this summer? Tell us about your most amazing catch and how you cooked it!

I popped a few salmon eggs into my mouth, as my fish was being cleaned. This is not how I’m used to seeing roe. Somehow, I worked up the courage to pop a few of these salmon eggs into my mouth as my fish was being cleaned.

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