It caught my eye as I was scanning the fish at my local market – that beautiful color being a dead giveaway for Alaska Copper River Salmon. Once my eyes locked onto that fish I didn’t even have to think anymore and soon I was out the door with my prized dinner in hand and thoughts of side dishes and sauces bouncing around in my head.
For salmon lovers, the Copper River run is one of the most anticipated events all year with delivery announcements hitting the wire even before shipments to restaurants and stores. Once hooked (not to use a bad pun) foodies and non-foodies alike scan menus and fish counters for sightings which usually start mid May. Websites tout a month long season but it’s now appearing in California and beyond so there’s still time to get in on the rush.
This year in California, where the salmon fisheries have been particularly hard hit, it’s a welcome sight because of the quality and the fact it’s wild-caught. Alaska Wild salmon is one of the best choices according to Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list published each year. This year biologists project a Copper River run of 1.3 million reds so fire up the grill and get cooking one of the summer’s best – and healthiest – meals around!