Sturgeon Flavor Profile

Sturgeon Flavor Scale

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 which has a more pronounced flavor. All Sturgeon are very meaty with very firm flesh and is considered the “steak” of seafood, however if it is overcooked it 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 weight for farm raised Sturgeon is about 18-22 Lbs.

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Fresh Availability

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

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


Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

Item To Skin/On Fillets To Skin/Off Fillets Notes
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 – 84%
For detailed butchering yield % and recovery see Yield Percentage PDF
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.


How to Fillet Sturgeon


Sturgeon native RangeAquaMaps Data sources: GBIF

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 in California.

Typical Wholesale Products

Bullets, Fillets, Steaks


Sustainability Info

Name Alternate Names Catch Method Catch
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 Updated
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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