Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon!

Sockeye Salmon…it’s what we are known for! Capt. Tony has been fishing for this abundant natural resource for over 20 years and Sockeye Salmon has become our most coveted offering!

Here are some fun facts about Sockeye Salmon that you may not have known:

  • Alaskan Sockeye Salmon has the highest protein and vitamin D content per serving of all five species of Alaskan Salmon.
  • Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon spend 3 years in the ocean before returning to freshwater to spawn.
  • The scientific name of Sockeye Salmon is Oncorhynchus nerka. But in Alaska, they are known as “reds”.

In Alaska, the future of wild Sockeye Salmon and the environment are more important than the immediate fishing opportunities. This principle of sustainability is written into Alaska’s state constitution. In Alaska, fish are to be “utilized, developed, and maintained on the sustainable yield principle,” ensuring wild Sockeye Salmon inhabit Alaska waters for generations to come.

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Get to know…Royal Red Shrimp!

Patagonian Royal Red Shrimp!!

Ah yes…the Royal Red Shrimp. The name kind of says it all, right? These delicious large cold water shrimp are 100% wild caught off the coast of Argentina. The rich, slightly sweet flavor of this shrimp species is quite unique and will surely become your favorite if it’s not already! 

As their name suggests, Royal Red Shrimp are a bright, beautiful red color even when they’re raw. This color comes from the nutrient-rich diet found in their ecosystem. And due to their all-natural, cold-water habitat, they have a delectable sweet flavor. In fact, many people compare the flavor to that of Lobster!

Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood sources only the BEST seafood and the Royal Red Shrimp is no exception. The Fishery that we source from is currently undergoing MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certification and is committed to sustainability, food safety and environmental responsibility.

Want to check out the Royal Red Shrimp? Click here!

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How To Cook Your King and Sockeye Salmon

King salmon with green olive salsa

How To Cook Your King and Sockeye Salmon

So you’ve just received your order of Wild Alaskan Salmon from Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood! Congratulations, you’re already off to a GREAT start! After receiving your Fillets of King, Sockeye, or Coho Salmon from Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood, you’ll want to be sure to cook it perfectly to get the most out of your fish. Two of our personal favorite ways include pan searing or cooking in the oven. Follow our tips & tricks to make your salmon delicious every single time!

Notes Before You Get Started
There are some best practices when it comes to keeping or thawing your frozen fish. Perishable products should be kept frozen upon arrival or refrigerated if you plan on cooking them immediately. It is not recommended to re-freeze fully thawed raw products. Once you begin to thaw the frozen fish, you are essentially starting a timer until it is no longer safe to eat. After opening raw salmon, it is best to consume within 3 days of thawing. Smoked salmon packages can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. DO NOT Keep sealed vacuum-packed raw salmon in your refrigerator for more than 2 days.

Pan Searing Salmon
There are different schools of thought on how best to prepare King & Sockeye Salmon in the skillet. Our favorite method is to always start with the skin side UP! This helps to cook the salmon more thoroughly and ensures a delicious flavor when you’re ready to eat. Heat up your skillet at medium-high heat and add a little of your favorite oil. We like to use EVOO or Coconut Oil. You can also use butter if that’s your style. For any oil though, make sure you don’t allow the oil to burn or smoke, so add it to the pan just before beginning to cook the fish. Season the King or Sockeye as you would like with your favorite combination of seasonings or use Capt. Tony’s Wild Alaska Rub! If you want to keep it simple, you can never go wrong with salt and pepper! Once the pan is heated up and your salmon is seasoned how you like, place the salmon in the pan. Remember, place the salmon skin side up and sear the meat side of the fillet for about 1 minute. Then, flip the fillet over and continue to cook on the skin side for another 2 to 3 more minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Remember, our King and Sockeye Salmon is sashimi-grade and can be eaten raw so it is ALWAYS better to undercook than to overcook! Remove from the heat completely and let the fillet sit for a couple of minutes to rest. This allows the good oils and juices to permeate the entire fillet. You are now ready to serve!

Oven Cooked Salmon
A good rule of thumb when using the oven to cook any fish is to cook at 400° so start by preheating your oven to this temperature. Again, when it comes to salmon, there are many ways you can season it to your liking. Check out our page of recipes for some fun ideas or stick to your favorite flavors! Again, keeping it simple with a little salt and pepper is a perfect way to start! Spray your pan with cooking oil or line your baking pan with foil so your salmon doesn’t stick and once your oven has been preheated, place your salmon in for 5 – 7 minutes! It’s always a good idea to check the salmon at 5 minutes for doneness. All ovens vary so again, just make sure you don’t overcook. If you have a cooking thermometer, the inside of the fish should read 145° but if you don’t, you can check with a fork. The center of each fillet should be opaque and flaky. Again, remove from the heat and transfer to a plate to allow the fillet to rest for the optimal quality in terms of flavor and texture. Bon appetit!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Thawing Frozen Fish!

Frozen V Fresh Fish

When looking for seafood there is often an idea that fresh fish is better than frozen fish. Believe

it or not, this is actually not the case! Wild-caught fish that has been properly handled and

flash-frozen within hours of being caught (just like the salmon from Wild Alaska Salmon and

Seafood) actually maintains all of the nutritional value and taste of “fresh” fish! Most of the time it

is even fresher than fresh, as any bacteria is killed off in the freezing process.

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Sockeye salmon with capers

Top Ways to Serve Alaskan Halibut: A Guide

Top Ways to Serve Alaskan Halibut: A Guide

So, you want to spice up your dinners with Alaskan Halibut. But, do you know how to serve it? Read on and learn more here.

Alaskan halibut live in the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean at depths between 600 and 1,500 feet. Their firm and flaky meat holds a very mild flavor that many people enjoy. Read on to learn the top ways to prepare a delightful dish with this delicious fish!

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King Salmon and Asparagus

5 Ways to Ensure Your Seafood Delivery Is Top Quality

You can’t serve anything but the finest seafood, but are you relying on the best delivery service? Learn what to look for in a seafood delivery service.

Are you looking for ways to ensure that you’re eating the finest wild-caught seafood possible? Do you find yourself wondering where the seafood delivery service comes into play? If so, then you need to learn all that you can about how to guarantee yourself a top-quality seafood delivery.

Your entire operation rides on it. Whether you are a novice home cook or a seasoned professional, the seafood you eat makes a vast difference.

See below for an in-depth guide on several ways that you can ensure that you’re using the best seafood delivery service out there.

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Salmon Patti with Bun

The Best Meal Ideas for Wild Seafood

Did you know the world produces 155 million tons of seafood each year?

Much of that is now from farmed sources, which are often lower quality than their wild-caught counterparts. When you do get some delicious natural products, do you know how to make them shine?

There are a number of ways, from complex dishes to simple touches. Read on as we discuss our top recipe ideas for wild seafood.

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Wild Alaska Salmon Fishing Boat - Wild Alaska Salmon And Seafood Company

Eat Well While Saving the Planet With Sustainable Seafood From Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood

As we become more conscious of our effect on the earth, sustainable practices such as seafood harvesting and fishing become more important. Overfishing, illegal fishing, and unsustainable practices are polluting our waters, killing unnecessary amounts of marine life, and ruining our ecosystems

Are you curious about living a more sustainable life including eating sustainably? Let’s check out the details on what sustainable seafood is and where you can find it.

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Captain Tony's Freezer Box

The Seafood Lover’s Guide to Wild Salmon: How to Tame the King of the Waters

What’s Wild Salmon?

Wild salmon are caught in environments right in nature and feed on a diet of plankton and other small fish. This includes rivers, lakes, and oceans. Wild salmon only eat organisms that are found in their natural environment!

Around half of the salmon that’s sold around the globe comes from a fish farm. They use a process that’s called aquaculture that breeds salmon for human consumption. These types of salmon are given high-fat and processed feed to produce bigger fish.

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Captain Tony Cleans and Prepares a Whole Sockeye Salmon to Cook

We recently stumbled upon this blast from the past to the time Captain Tony appeared on a local PBS station with his friend chef Lasse Sorensen of Tom’s Place in Carbondale. Tony shows us how to prepare and cut a Sockeye Salmon Fillet, and then prepares a quick recipe with asparagus and cherry tomatoes. This was filmed for the PBS TV show, In-Focus on March 29, 2009 by WSIU.

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