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Wild Coho Salmon

Fresh wild Coho Salmon is milder flavored and more lean than Sockeye and King Salmon.  But it still has enough firmness and oil content to lend itself to a wide variety of cooking applications.

Coho Salmon Flavor Profile

Coho Salmon are medium flavored with medium flakes and moderate fat content.  The flesh is lighter than Sockeye and usually lighter than King.

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

Silvers, Silver Salmon, Jack Salmon, Hooknose, Northerns, Blueback (immature Coho).

Coho Salmon Description (Oncorhynchus kisutch)

Cohos are metallic blue on the back and silver on the sides.  They have mottled black spots along the back and upper portion of the tail, and they have white gums.  Coho average 5 - 12 lb as commercial fish but get as big as 25 lb.  Filets range from 1 - 4 lb.

During spawning, Coho turn red below the lateral line and their nose becomes the shape of a hook.  Follow the link for a video on how to identify species of salmon.

Coho Salmon
 Image courtesy of BCSalmon.ca


Fresh Coho Salmon Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.  Frozen available all year long.

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Coho Salmon Butchering Yield %

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Head/On gutted
68% - 70% 63%  
Skin/On Fillets -- 85% If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


Range & Habitat

Coho can be found from southern California to northern Alaska and Russian waters but populate most heavily in the waters between Oregon & southern Alaska.

Coho Salmon Range & Location
AquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF

Typical Wholesale Products

Whole, Dressed, H&G, Fillets, Steaks

Coho Salmon Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Coho Silvers, Silver Salmon, Jack Salmon Wild - Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll US - Alsaka Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Low
US - CA, OR, WA Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png
Canada  Yellow-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png
Farmed - Tank System US Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png
Roe Ikura Wild - Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll US - Alsaka Green-icon_20.png n/a Green-icon_20.png Low
Canada n/a n/a Yellow-icon_20.png
Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.

 Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended
August 2013


Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving

* Calories/Calories from fat 205/93
* Protein grams  37
* Fat grams 10
* Saturated fat grams  1.9
* Sodium milligrams  79
* Cholesterol milligrams  67
* Omega-3 grams  1.9
more Coho Salmon nutrition info

Additional Resources:
  National Marine Fisheries Service  



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