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Wild Alaskan salmon


Prized for its rich, succulent flavor and bright red color, wild salmon from Alaska is one of nature’s perfect foods. It’s full of heart-healthy omega-3 fats (which also help control weight and improve mood!) and is a great source of many other important vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6 and B12 and magnesium.

Salmon's distinct flavor and color make any meal seem luxurious — try it baked in a hazelnut crust, or add a bit of PCC's own smoked salmon to an omelette for a decadent brunch. Even the simplest preparations are sublime — after all, nothing beats a fillet of sockeye barbecued for a summer supper on the patio!

Wild salmon from Alaska is considered a "Best Choice" by Seafood Watch and is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Versatile, easy meals

Salmon's firm flesh stands up well to almost any cooking method — you can grill, fry, poach, bake, roast, or sauté it. Pair it with Asian flavors in Asian-Glazed Grilled Salmon, make it New-Orleans style in Blackened Cajun Salmon, or try any of the other recipes in our cache.

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Chilled to perfection

Like strawberries in June and tomatoes in September, wild Alaskan salmon is a seasonal food, and it’s delicious fresh from late spring to early fall. Luckily, we can enjoy it year-round — much of the Alaskan catch is flash-frozen right after it’s caught. Frozen seafood can be a more sustainable choice than fresh because it can be shipped by train or boat rather than by air, cutting carbon emissions.

You’ll also never have to worry about quality — flash-freezing means it was preserved at its absolute freshest, right on the boat.

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Did you know?

  • In the Alaska salmon fisheries, each small salmon fishing vessel is a floating family business, contributing to strong local economies.
  • Wild salmon can live in both fresh water and salt water, and may travel thousands of miles over a lifetime! They are born in fresh water and most live their adult lives in the ocean. Then they make an incredible upstream journey to spawn (lay eggs) in the same places where they were hatched.
  • Unlike farmed salmon, which are dyed with artificial colorants, wild salmon get their gorgeous pink color by eating pink krill.

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