Also known as chinook, tyee, or blackmouth salmon, king salmon are prized for their high oil content, firm texture, and rich flavor. King salmon have consistently won blind taste tests among salmon aficionados. Our wild king salmon portions have a rich and buttery flavor with soft-textured flakes and a velvety finish. These fish are locally, wild-caught by Salish Sea fishers, not far from our Reefnet fishery.
Kings are the largest of the species, typically sitting at an average weight between 10 and 20 lbs. The fish’s high oil content makes it a prime candidate for grilling, broiling, sautéing, baking, poaching, steaming, and smoking – almost every salmon preparation will taste good on a king.
Orca Safe Salmon means the fish you are eating has been caught in a terminal area, meaning close to the salmon’s river of origin, well past the point that a fish might make a meal for an Orca. Orca Safe Salmon also means the fish you are eating has been caught by sustainable gear with little or no by-catch, in a fishery carefully controlled by Tribal, Federal and/or State fisheries managers.
Wild King Salmon Preparation Tips
As one of the more decadent salmon types, king salmon doesn’t require a lot of effort in the kitchen. The fish’s natural flavor and texture are enough to stand out as a main course. That said, we prefer our king salmon grilled on a cedar plank with a sprinkling of sea salt. To finish squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto the skin with a few twists of freshly ground black pepper. When buying wild king salmon online, we recommend a simple preparation to better experience the fish’s flavor.
Handling Instructions – Wild King Salmon
If you buy wild king salmon online from Lummi Island Wild, expect to receive a delivery of frozen, not thawed, fish. All of our king salmon ships frozen in order to preserve the fish’s delicate taste and texture. Once the package is received, you can either begin to defrost your king salmon portions for dinner that evening or keep them frozen for a later meal. King salmon has a higher oil content than other types of fish, which means it can spoil faster. That said, you can store it in your home freezer for up to three months.