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.



Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Round56%45%If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
Whole Head/On gutted66%53%
Skin/On Trim Loin80 – 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

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Shovelnose Sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrumFarmed – Closed SystemUSn/aGreen-icon_20.pngn/an/a
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanusFarmed – Closed SystemBritish ColumbiaGreen-icon_20.pngGreen-icon_20.pngGreen-icon_20.pngunknown
Buluga Sturgeon, Huso huso
Russian Sturgeon, Acipenser gueldenstaedtii
Siberian Sturgeon, Acipenser baerii
Stellate Sturgeon, Acipenser stellatus
Farmed -Raceway, TanksUSYellow-icon_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngYellow-icon_20.pngn/a
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanusFarmed – Closed SystemUSYellow-icon_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngYellow-icon_20.pngunknown
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanusWildOregon, WashingtonYellow-icon_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngYellow-icon_20.pngModerate
White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanusColumbia RiverYellow-icon_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngYellow-icon_20.pngModerate
Green Sturgeon, Acipenser medirostrisUSn/an/aYellow-icon_20.pngn/a
Atlantic Srurgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchusUS, Canadan/aRed-Dot_20.pngn/aLow
Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescensGreat Lakesn/aRed-Dot_20.pngn/aElevated
Shovelnose Sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrumMississippiRed-Dot_20.pngn/aRed-Dot_20.pngunknown
Sturgeon, various speciesImportedRed-Dot_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngRed-Dot_20.pngElevated
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 RecommendedUpdated
August 2013


Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat180
* Protein grams27.6
* Fat grams6.9
* Saturated fat grams1.5
* Sodium milligrams93
* Cholesterol milligrams103
* Omega-3 grams.5
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