But no matter what it’s called in your neck of the woods, all king salmon should have the same dense, meaty texture, rich fatty consistency, and full fish flavor that offers subtle notes of sweetness.
Where is King Salmon From?
King salmon is the largest species of wild North Pacific salmon. They are also the largest by size and weight, growing as big as 100 pounds! An anadromous fish, king salmon hatch in freshwater, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. They can be found in the rivers of western North America—from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska, all the way over to Japan and the Arctic Sea. King salmon have also been introduced into the Great Lakes of North America.
Buying king salmon can be tricky since they’re a wild fish and typically only available from late spring to early fall, depending on harvesting dates and quantities. With that in mind, it is best to take advantage and pick up some king salmon fresh whenever you come across it at the store or on the recommendation of your trusted fishmonger.
Because of its texture, flavor and ability to take to a range of cooking methods, salmon is as delicious as it is versatile. Grilled, smoked, wood-roasted, pan-fried, broiled, baked, or seared in a cast iron, king salmon could rightfully take the mantle as the true chicken of the sea—or, rather, lakes and rivers. Feel free to marinate it in sauces or sprinkle on the spices, as thanks to its rich flesh, it won’t lose its natural flavor.
However you decide to cook your salmon, you’ll be set to enjoy the benefits of its high (good) fat content and anti-inflammatory omega-3’s. Nothing beats a delicious, healthy meal rich in nutrients.
Long Live the King!
Sustainability is the key to preserving (and enjoying) this regal fish for generations to come, so next time you pick some up, be sure to check whether it’s sustainably sourced. Or, you can just contact Domestic Seafood and place your order for the freshest catch around, knowing that it’s always caught and harvested with the highest ethical and sustainability standards. Domestic Seafood sources their products directly from farmers and fishers alike, meaning you will bring your family only the finest meats and seafood available.