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Copper River Salmon

Coveted by salmon lovers & chefs alike, the famous Copper River salmon have arrived!

Harvested from the pure & pristine waters of Alaska’s Copper River, this sustainable fish is available for just a short season.

What makes this salmon so special? Every year Copper River king, sockeye and coho make the arduous 300-mile journey up the icy glacial fed waters to spawn in their birthplace. This is no easy task, and to do this the Copper River salmon have to pack on sufficient fat reserves to fuel their journey. This makes them abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, resulting in a salmon so rich in flavor that it melts in your mouth. Along with the rich flavor, these salmon are known for their deep color and silken texture.

Copper River Species

Copper River King: Also known as Chinook, is prized for its large size – averaging 20 pounds each. They are available in extremely limited quantities. Best simply grilled or seared and paired with fresh seasonal vegetables.

Copper River Sockeye: Also known as red salmon and averaging about 6 pounds each. Copper River sockeye is more readily available and perfect to pair with rubs or seasonings. With its smaller size, this fish cooks up quickly for an easy weeknight dinner.

Copper River Coho: With a subtle flavor and delicate texture, this fish is more affordable than others. They are sometimes called silvers and are the last to return to the Copper River. They are a fall favorite that pair well with root vegetables and mushrooms.

How To Prepare Copper River Salmon

Sautéed & Pan-Seared

  • Brush both sides of fish with oil or butter
  • Heat in a pan over medium high heat
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes

Roasting & Broiling

  • Preheat oven to 450 °F
  • Brush both sides of fish with oil or butter
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes

Poaching

  • Simmer water in a large pan
  • Turn off heat and add fish skin side down
  • Liquid should cover fish completely
  • Cover the pan tightly with a lid and return to light simmer
  • Cook 4-6 minutes

Grilling

  • Thoroughly clean and preheat grill
  • Oil both sides of fish
  • Marinate or season fish
  • Grill until meat is opaque all the way through

Suggested Wine & Beer Pairings

  • Dry red and white wines with fruity notes such as Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hoppy beers like IPAs and Pilsners

Copper River Salmon is committed to conserve their heritage for many years to come. Each fish is hand-picked from the net, treated with minimal handling, and is delivered as fresh as it would be if you caught it yourself! Zupan’s Markets partners with Webber Wild Seafood along with a few other independent fishermen for our Copper River salmon supply. Learn more about Copper River.