King Salmon - The King of the Sea

King Salmon is one of those fish that are hard to come by, but when they do, you can count on us selling out!  This has proven to be one of the most popular fish that we offer.  If you like tender, flakey, rich, buttery, and marbled seafood, then this fish is for you!  Our salmon are all caught one at a time, hook and line, by small boats from Moss Landing to Ft. Bragg.  See your package to see exactly who caught your meal!  

How much does a share include?

1 share will include roughly 1 - 1.25 lbs of Salmon fillets or steaks (check the update email to see what is being offered). This is a perfect amount for two people with some hearty sides.  If you absolutely love salmon and know that you will eat more than 1 lbs, then go ahead and grab another half or full share!

Fun Fact: 

King Salmon is the largest species of salmon available, hence the name "King."  
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Anytime we offer Salmon fillets, we also offer whole Salmon!

The ultimate grill fish, at the best price in the Bay!  We offer whole salmon along with our fillets whenever we deliver salmon.  E-mail us on our update email for pricing and size availability.  We love to stuff our salmon with an herb, butter, and mushroom blend, and then sew the belly shut.  No matter how you prepare your whole fish, you are guaranteed to have a memorable centerpiece for all to enjoy!

Salt Baked Salmon!

There’s no centerpiece quite as dramatic than a salt-baked fish. It’s all about making a tight seal with the salt crust—it forms a mini-oven around the fish, keeping the flavors of the aromatics inside. Add just enough water to the salt until it feels like very wet sand. To test it out, pack a little in the palm of your hand; if it holds its shape without cracking, you’re good to go. (If not, add more water.)

Preparing fillets, the Ramsay way!

We love Gordon Ramsay - even though he uses farmed salmon most of the time!  In this video Gordon shows the secrets behind cooking the perfect flavorful salmon.  Check out some of his techniques, if you are having problems cooking your fillets you just may fix them after this video!


The Details

King Salmon aka Chinook Salmon aka Oncorhynchus tshawytscha is our local treasure!  King Salmon are an anadromous fish - meaning they come from the sea to fresh water to spawn.  During that journey the salmon undergo many drastic changes.  They are native to the North Pacific Ocean, which includes Northern California up to Alaska.  King Salmon usually spend 3-4 years in the ocean, some can live upwards of 8 years, but that is rare.  

Health Benefits

Vitamins

A 3-ounce serving of salmon contains approximately 20 percent or more of the Food and Nutrition Board's recommended daily allowance of vitamin B-6, niacin and vitamin B-12 for healthy adults following a 2,000-calorie diet. All three of these vitamins are necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. They also aid with the synthesis of hormones and neurotransmitters, help regulate the levels of other nutrients in the body and support the function of the nervous system. If your diet is rich in foods like salmon that provide these vitamins, you may be less likely to develop heart disease, age-related macular degeneration, depression and osteoarthritis.

Minerals

Salmon is an excellent source of magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. Each 3-ounce serving of cooked salmon provides about 57 percent of the RDA of selenium, 26 percent of the required daily intake of magnesium and 32 percent of the RDA of phosphorus for an adult. Magnesium and phosphorus are vital for bone growth, development and maintenance, while selenium is a component of proteins that act as antioxidants by inhibiting free radicals from damaging DNA and cellular tissue. A diet that lacks these minerals may increase your risk of osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Lean Protein

Each 3-ounce serving of cooked salmon provides nearly 22 grams of protein. For an average American adult, that amount supplies as much as 40 percent of the RDA for protein. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, obtaining your protein from fish like salmon is better for you than consuming meats like beef or pork since fish is lower in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Replacing red meat in your diet with lean protein like Alaskan salmon may significantly decrease your risk of dying from diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer like colon cancer.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Salmon contains 1.5 total grams of omega-3 fatty acids in every 3-ounce serving, an amount high enough for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch to place it on its Super Green List of fish that provide the most omega-3 fatty acids with the least contaminants. A high intake of omega-3 fatty acids is linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, heart arrhythmia and cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating 3.5 ounces of fish like salmon at least twice a week. To maximize the benefit you receive, choose a low-fat preparation method like roasting, broiling or grilling and avoid using seasonings high in sodium.

 

- Michelle Kerns, Healthy Eating, SFGate

How old are these guys?

Salmon are amazingly interesting fish, after hatching in fresh water they can spend up to a year there before venturing out to the ocean.  From there they spend upwards of 8 years in the ocean - on average this happens after 3-4 years in the ocean.  At that point they head back to freshwater to spawn and start a new life cycle of salmon!

How is it caught?

This hook-and-line method of fishing tows lines behind or alongside a boat, catching species, such as salmon, mahi mahi and albacore tuna, that follow a moving lure or bait. Fishermen can quickly release unwanted catch from their hooks since lines are reeled in soon after a fish takes the bait. This selective method of fishing results in very low bycatch levels.

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Do all salmon die after returning to freshwater?

For the most part salmon do not return to the ocean after they have gone to freshwater to spawn, ending the lifecycle of these beautiful fish!