Wild Coho Salmon

Coho Salmon Flavor Scale

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)

Coho SalmonImage courtesy of BCSalmon.ca

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.

Fresh Coho Salmon Availability

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

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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 Salmon Range & LocationAquaMaps Data sources: GBIF

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 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 Updated
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
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