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Sturgeon Flavor Profile

Wild Sturgeon has a distinctive earthy flavor.  Farmed White Sturgeon has a milder, more delicate yet distinctive flavor and is more prized than the Green Sturgeon.  Green Sturgeon has a more pronounced flavor.  All Sturgeon are very meaty with very firm flesh.  It is the "steak" of seafood.  Overcooked Sturgeon is very tough. 

Typical Cooking Methods

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

Alternate Names

White Sturgeon, Oregon Sturgeon, Green Sturgeon, Sacramento Sturgeon

White & Green Sturgeon Description (Acipenser transmontanus, Acipenser medirostris)

There are seven North American Sturgeon but only the White & Green Sturgeon are fished commercially and these only on a very limited basis.  Sturgeon have a unique prehistoric look.  They have bony plates along their sides and can get as large as 2000 Lb and 100 years old.  Wild Sturgeon can be legally harvested between 4-6 feet and range between 15-80 Lbs.  Average farm raised Sturgeon come to market at 18-22 Lbs.
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Fresh Sturgeon Availability

Fresh product available in limited amounts all year.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec


Sturgeon Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Round 56% 45% If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
Whole Head/On gutted 66% 53%
Bullet 95% 80%
Skin/On Trim Loin -- 80%
For detailed butchering yield % and recovery see Sturgeon Yield Percentage
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.



Range & Habitat

Green & White Sturgeon live on the bottom of slow moving rivers & bays along the West Coast from California to British Columbia.  Most commercial Sturgeon come from the Columbia River or is farm raised White Sturgeon raised in California.


Typical Wholesale Products

Bullets, Fillets, Steaks

Sturgeon Range
AquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF


Sturgeon Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Shovelnose Sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrum

Farmed - Closed System US n/a Green-icon_20.png n/a n/a
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus Farmed - Closed System British Columbia Green-icon_20.png  Green-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png unknown
Buluga Sturgeon, Huso huso
Russian Sturgeon, Acipenser gueldenstaedtii
Siberian Sturgeon, Acipenser baerii
Stellate Sturgeon, Acipenser stellatus
Farmed -Raceway, Tanks US Yellow-icon_20.png  Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png n/a
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus Farmed - Closed System US Yellow-icon_20.png  Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png unknown
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus Wild Oregon, Washington Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus Columbia River Yellow-icon_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate
Green Sturgeon, Acipenser medirostris
US n/a n/a Yellow-icon_20.png n/a
Atlantic Srurgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus US, Canada n/a Red-Dot_20.png n/a Low
Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens Great Lakes n/a Red-Dot_20.png n/a Elevated
Shovelnose Sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrum Mississippi Red-Dot_20.png n/a Red-Dot_20.png unknown
Sturgeon, various species Imported Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png Elevated
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 180
* Protein grams  27.6
* Fat grams  6.9
* Saturated fat grams  1.5
* Sodium milligrams  93
* Cholesterol milligrams  103
* Omega-3 grams  .5


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