Our Sockeye salmon is a delicious, full-flavored fish which lends itself to a wide variety of cooking methods. In the Pacific Northwest, we look forward to each new Sockeye Salmon season which starts in mid-May when Copper River opens for Salmon fishing. It is considered the most valuable of US salmon species and much of it is shipped to Japan where it is relished. The name “Sockeye” is a butchered pronunciation of the Native American name “Sukkai”.
Sockeye Salmon is a fabulously full-flavored fish with a high fat content which contributes to its rich flavor. It has a firm texture with medium sized flakes and flesh which ranges in color from orange to deep red. Compared to Chinook (King) Salmon, Sockeye has a denser, meatier texture and a more intense flavor, while King has a more succulent, tender texture with larger flakes.