Ocean to Table: Alaskan Salmon

By: Kirsten Vala
Ocean to Table!

Okay, so that's a slight exaggeration. This 16-pound King salmon went from the Juneau, Alaska ocean, to fishing boat, to packaging company, to FedEx and ended up arriving at my New Jersey apartment two weeks after I caught it, filleted and frozen in perfectly-portioned packets. But, "ocean to table" or not, this was an amazing way to get salmon and the highlight of my recent Alaskan vacation.

I even ate some of the roe while my fishing guide cleaned the salmon dock-side! Freshly plucked from my catch, the bright, bulbous eggs burst in my mouth, strange and salt-less. I think I'll stick to gourmet grocery stores for my future salmon roe needs.

Hooked on Alaskan Salmon

From what I saw, the Gulf of Alaska seems to be flipping with happy salmon, but I checked the Seafood Watch list when I got home (better late then never!). Luckily, wild-caught Alaskan salmon is identified as the best choice for the environment. Score! For more information check out the complete 126-page Pacific Salmon Seafood Watch Report. If, like me, you're used to buying farmed salmon from your local fish market, check out the Farmed Salmon Fact Card for a quick overview of some of the problems associated with farming salmon, including parasites and disease.

3 Tasty Species of Pacific Salmon
  • Chinook or King Salmon: Almost everyone agrees that this species, with its fatty, tender flesh, is the best tasting. I was thrilled when I caught one!
  • Coho or Silver Salmon: Also high in fat, this species has firm, pink to red-orange flesh.
  • Sockeye or Red Salmon: This species is most often used for canning. It has firm red flesh.
Cooking it Up!

Alaskan salmon bakes are popular stops for tourists, celebratory, summer feasts catering to bussed-in and cruising crowds. And the salmon tastes amazing cooked over a huge grill!

Browsing recipes to use my treasured salmon stash, I've found that preparation options are endless for this versatile, meaty fish. Here are some recipes from Cooking Channel chefs that made it onto my "to-make" list.

Have you been fishing this summer? Tell us about your most amazing catch and how you cooked it!

Next Up

Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Rightside Up

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is popular, but why not serve the cake rightside up? Get Cooking Channel's recipe for Pineapple Rightside-Up Cake baked in mason jars.

Meet the Cast of Fodder

Meet the cast and crew behind the Web-original series Fodder.

Carrot Cupcakes

A combination of spices adds rich flavor to these moist, sweet carrot cupcakes. Adding lemon zest to the frosting brings out bright flavor in the cake.

Super Food Nerds: Make Your Own Sauerkraut

Make sauerkraut from scratch with this recipe and cooking tips from Cooking Channel.

Sweet Potato Casserole Pie with Marshmallow Praline Topping

Turn sweet potato casserole into a pie recipe this Thanksgiving with this southern twist from Cooking Channel.

Geek-A-Licious: Science Never Tasted So Good

Ted Russin is a man of science and a foodie of the highest order, and he's bringing geekdom and all its glory back into the kitchen where it belongs. Ted is teaming up with top chefs to solve their kitchen conundrums using a touch of scientific inspiration.

Fuel Your Marathon (Or Your Day): Amaranth Pancakes

Fuel your day with Cooking Channel's amaranth pancakes recipe. Amaranth is a nutrient-rich food, packed with amino acids, fiber, iron, calcium and magnesium.

On TV

Cheap Eats

10am | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Cheap Eats

11am | 10c

Cheap Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Cheap Eats

12pm | 11c

Cheap Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Cheap Eats

1pm | 12c

Cheap Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Good Eats

2pm | 1c

Good Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Man Fire Food

3:30pm | 2:30c

Man Fire Food

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

5:30pm | 4:30c

Man Fire Food

6:30pm | 5:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

8pm | 7c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

8:30pm | 7:30c

Food Truck Nation

9:30pm | 8:30c

Man v. Food

10pm | 9c

Man v. Food

10:30pm | 9:30c

Man v. Food

11pm | 10c

Man v. Food

11:30pm | 10:30c

Burgers, Brew & 'Que

12:30am | 11:30c

Food Truck Nation

1:30am | 12:30c

Man v. Food

2am | 1c

Man v. Food

2:30am | 1:30c

Man v. Food

3am | 2c

Man v. Food

3:30am | 2:30c
What's Hot

So Much Pretty Food Here