Saturday, June 2, 2012

Costco slashes price for fresh wild salmon

Hackensack's Alaska connection is Costco Wholesale.

About a week after the season's first fresh wild-salmon fillets began showing up at Costco Wholesale, the Hackensack warehouse store slashed the price to $8.99 a pound from $13.99.

On Friday, my wife picked up our second Copper River sockeye fillet, and I roasted the portions in a preheated 450-degree oven after adding just a sprinkling of salt and ground Aleppo red pepper.

The smallest portion was finished in about 7 minutes, and the larger ones in 10 minutes.

I had chopped up mint and oregano from the garden, and added extra-virgin olive oil and freshly squeezed lime juice to them, spooning some on the juicy fillet.

On Friday night, I ate wild salmon with a baked white Korean yam and a salad.

I have been eating a lot of smoked and frozen wild salmon in the last couple of weeks, so the fresh fillets are icing on the cake.

There is nothing like the color and taste of fresh wild salmon, especially when compared to artificially colored farmed salmon.

Straight out of the oven, fresh sockeye salmon is juicy. Straight out of the fridge, above, you can taste the heart-healthy fat in the flesh and skin. This was a light dinner.
Smoked wild Alaskan salmon in an open-face breakfast omelet.
For a break from wild salmon, we use salted Alaskan pollock to make ackee and salt fish, and serve it with boiled green bananas and Valentina hot sauce, below.


  1. Recent investigation by OCEANA indicates a lot of fish is being sold as one thing when it is another. I wonder how Costco knows "wild caught" salmon is truely wild?

    1. Did OCEANA specifically cite Costco as doing that? I doubt it.

      I've been buying wild salmon for years at my Hackensack, N.J., Costco, and it looks completely different than the farmed salmon displayed in the same case.

      The wild fish has a deep orange-red color, the fillets are smaller (from smaller fish) and the taste is far superior to farmed salmon.

      In fact, I am going to my Costco today to see if the first wild salmon has arrived. Usually, it is from Alaska's Copper River.

      I'll grill it on the stove top, adding just lime juice and chopped herbs from the garden. I can't wait.

    2. I just took a quick look at the Oceana study. No retailer or restaurant that mislabeled fish is identified, and none of the fish mentioned was purchased in New Jersey, where I live. Also, the study is for 2010-12.