Cooking salmon - or any seafood - can often be intimidating. The good news is that it's a lot easier than most people think, and takes a fraction of the time that it often takes to cook meat like beef and pork. Here's some advice for how to fully enjoy your Taku River Reds™ salmon:
How do I know when it's done?
Counter to what most people think, salmon doesn't take very long to cook. That's why most people end up with dry, over-cooked salmon. While each salmon species will cook differently and for different lengths of time, you can generally tell when a piece of salmon is done when the flesh has formed distinct flakes of meat; you can test for these flakes with a fork. Remember that a piece of fish (or any meat) continues to cook after you've removed it from the heat, so your salmon is probably done before you think it is.
What's the best way to thaw a piece of frozen salmon?
We recommend removing the frozen fillet the day before you want to cook it and allow it to slowly thaw in your refrigerator.
Can I cook a piece of frozen salmon?
Absolutely. We often cook our salmon while it's still frozen. We just remove the frozen fillet from its plastic wrapping, rinse it until cold water, pat it dry, and then place it on a sprayed piece of foil on a baking sheet. Since we like to keep our salmon simple, we'll just spread a little pesto or teriyaki on top (maybe some lemon slices if we're feeling fancy!) and then bake at 350° F for ~25 minutes, or until the flesh flakes apart.
For more about how to cook with frozen salmon, check out Alaska Seafood's Cook It Frozen! site.
If you're a chef or culinary professional...
Please contact us if you have any questions at all about best practices for thawing and cooking with Taku River Reds™ salmon. We'll be happy to send you more information and/or schedule a time to talk (we also offer in-person trainings and demos for chefs and their staff during the winter months - please contact us to discuss and schedule).
There are an infinite number of ways to enjoy wild salmon. We often enjoy it with just a little salt, pepper, and squeeze of lemon. Throw it on the grill or in your oven and you've got yourself a healthy and delicious meal.
If you're looking for something a little more adventurous or are looking for some new inspiration, then here are some great resources to help you in the kitchen: