King (Chinook) Salmon
Wild King (Chinook) Salmon
Fresh wild King Salmon is the largest of all the wild Pacific salmons, having the highest omega-3 oil content and most velvety texture. It is a delicious, rich-flavored fish which lends itself to a wide variety of cooking applications.
King Salmon Flavor Profile
King (Chinook) Salmon is a succulent full-flavored high fat content fish which has large, soft-textured flakes, and the flesh can range from almost white to pink to deep red. The color of the flesh has no bearing upon its flavor.
note: wild salmon for sushi should be frozen for 24 hours at -4° F (-20° C) to kill any potential parasitic larvae.
Typical Cooking Methods
Chinook Salmon, Blackmouth Salmon, Spring Salmon (a British Columbia name), Smilie, Tyee, Jack Spring (immature Chinook).
Chinook (King) Salmon Description (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
Chinook Salmon are the largest of the wild Salmon species. Average commercial weight is 11 - 20 lbs but they can reach over 50 lbs. Fish in the sea are dark greenish to blue black on top of head and back, silvery to white on the lower sides and belly; numerous small, dark spots along back and upper sides and on both lobes of caudal; gum line of lower jaw black.
In fresh water, with the approach of the breeding condition, the fish change to olive brown, red or purplish, the color change being more marked in males than in females. Follow the link for a video on how to identify species of salmon.
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King 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.
King Salmon Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|Whole Head/On gutted 4/7, 7/11
||68% - 70%||64%|
|Whole Head/On gutted 11/18, 18-Up
|Whole Head/Off gutted U-10
|Whole Head/Off gutted 10-Up, 18-Up
||69% - 73%||64% - 66%|
|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 and Habitat
Chinook Salmon are found from the Pacific Arctic southward to southern California in the Eastern Pacific and to southern Japan waters in the Western Pacific. They stay at sea for up to 5 years before returning to their spawning grounds. Other Salmon return to their spawning grounds after 1 to 3 years.
King Salmon are farmed in in the waters off Chile and New Zealand.
Typical Wholesale Products
Whole Head/On, gutted, 12/18 lb; Whole Head/On, gutted, 18 up; Head/Off, gutted; Skn/On Filets; Skn/Off Filets; Steaks.
King Salmon Sustainability Info
This window is a link to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program info on Salmon.
King Salmon Nutritional Information
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving
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