Sockeye Salmon, also known as red or blueback salmon, are known for being
one of the smaller Pacific salmon species. Regardless of their size, their succulent,
vibrant orange meat, is one of the tastiest of all types of salmon. The typical size of
sockeye salmon is anywhere from 1.5 and 2.5 feet, and between 5 and 15 pounds.
Sockeye’s are the third most abundant species of Pacific salmon. They are a very smart
seafood choice because they are sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under
In terms of nutrition, sockeye salmon is incredibly good for you! They have an extremely
high level of omega-3’s, which are known for lowering the risk of heart disease,
depression, dementia and more. They also contain more vitamin D than most wild
salmon. In addition, sockeye salmon also contain unmatched levels of astaxanthin,
which is a carotenoid-class antioxidant, giving sockeye salmon their vibrant orange
hue. Carotenoids have strong cancer-fighting properties, they can be converted by the
body into vitamin A, which is essential to vision and growth and development, and
also have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits!
The culinary profile of sockeye salmon is one of the many reasons why people love
them! They are firm in texture, with a deeply rich, salmon flavor. They have a high fat
content, allowing the meat to stay very moist. You can bake, broil, grill, poach, saute,
smoke and even make sushi out of sockeye. This full-flavored fish goes well with
teriyaki, a simple salt and pepper dusting, garlic and herbs, Dijon mustard, citrus
flavors, or even a maple glaze!
Stay tuned for our take on sockeye this week!