Succulent Pacific Sockeye Salmon: The Most Sought-After of Pacific Delicacies
Posted: Jan 27 2017
Sockeye salmon, also called red or blueback salmon, is one of the smaller of the seven Pacific salmon species, but it packs big flavor— its succulent, bright-orange meat is favored above all others. Sockeye salmon range in size from 24 to 33 inches in length and weigh between 5 and 15 pounds.
The name sockeye originated in an attempt to translate the word suk-kegh (red fish) from Montana and Washington State’s native Salish language.
Like all Pacific salmon, sockeye salmon are born in fresh water and require a nearby lake to rear in. Once hatched, juvenile sockeyes will stay in the lake habitat for up to three years, more than any other salmon. Next, they journey out to sea, where they grow rapidly and remain in the ocean for up to four years.
Sea-going sockeyes have silver flanks with black speckles and a bluish top, which gives them the name "blueback." However, as they to return to their spawning grounds upriver, their bodies turn bright red and their heads take on a greenish color.
Sockeyes are the third most abundant of the species of Pacific salmons and are a mainstay in North American commercial fisheries. Sockeyes also are the firmest salmon, possibly because they have the longest migration patterns and range. They can be caught anywhere from Hokkaido in Japan to the Columbia River in Oregon, but most are caught in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Sockeyes are the most sought-after species in the Pacific because of their rich flavor.
Sockeyes are very full-flavored, with a faintly crab-like essence since this fish dines mostly on small crustaceans such as krill. In terms of nutrition, sockeye has an impressive list of health benefits—in fact, it’s one of the healthiest things you can eat.
Besides its great taste, Fish for Sushi’s wild sockeye salmon is naturally high in Omeg-3 oils, which are proven to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating foods rich in Omega-3 oils at least twice weekly.
In addition, our sockeye is:
- Free from artificial coloring, growth hormones, pharmaceuticals and other unnatural chemicals.
- Naturally abundant in a range of essential vitamins and nutrients including Vitamins A, C, D and E, niacin and Vitamin B-12.
- An excellent source of natural protein.
- Low in saturated fats and calories.
Alaska Salmon has the highest amount of Omega-3 of any fish. Therefore, just one serving per week can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for human health, but the body can’t make them—they are only available through food. Omega-3s are found in fish such as salmon and tuna. They play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development.
Preparing sockeye salmon for your friends and family is easy. Simply brush it with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle it with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, and grill it uncovered for 5 minutes. Using 1 or 2 large spatulas, carefully turn fish over and grill 4 to 5 minutes longer, until the fish just begins to flake in the center. Transfer the salmon to a platter, garnish with asparagus and crispy potato wedges and serve immediately. Sockeye salmon can also be baked, pan seared or broiled with delicious results.
Serving sockeye salmon is a great crowd pleaser, for get-togethers or for a nutritious family meal. Fish for Sushi makes it easy to deliver perfect sockeye salmon every time. Sustainably caught, deep frozen immediately after catch and vacuum sealed to lock in all of the “just caught” quality and freshness, Fish for Sushi delivers your order to your door ready-to-prepare every time.