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.
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.
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.
Coho Salmon Butchering Yield %
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|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.
Typical Wholesale Products
Whole, Dressed, H&G, Fillets, Steaks
Coho Salmon Sustainability Info
|Name||Alternate Names||Catch Method||Catch|
|Coho||Silvers, Silver Salmon, Jack Salmon||Wild - Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll||US - Alsaka||Low|
|US - CA, OR, WA|
|Farmed - Tank System||US|
|Roe||Ikura||Wild - Drift Gillnet, Purse Seine, Troll||US - Alsaka||n/a||Low|
|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.|
= Best Choice/Recommended = Good Alternative = Avoid/Not Recommended
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving
|National Marine Fisheries Service|
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