Cooking Guide

3 Kitchen Tips to Help You Create Expertly Cooked Wild Salmon


Baked, pan fried, or grilled all types of salmon are undoubtedly delicious. Throwing a fillet in the oven is easy, right?


If you're working with farmed salmon, sure. But learning how to cook wild salmon is another story entirely. Considering that wild caught salmon has an average of 13 grams of fat per fillet compared to farmed salmon at 27 grams of fat, it takes a bit more skill to ensure perfection.


Whether you're an experienced cook or not, here are a few tips to help you learn how to cook wild salmon like a pro.


Determine Salmon Season


Whether you're cooking with wild caught Alaskan salmon or Pink salmon, it's important to know when each type of salmon comes in and out of season. This information will not only help you bring different types of salmon into your kitchen, it will ensure that you're working with the freshest salmon available. Let's take a quick look at when the five main types of wild salmon are in season:


King (Chinook) Salmon - May to June

Sockeye (Red) Salmon - mid-May to late July

Coho (Silver) Salmon - August to September

Keta (Chum) Salmon - June to September

Pink Salmon - mid-June to mid-September


Stick to Light Cooking


When you're working with wild caught salmon, don't be afraid to go light on the cooking. For example, a choice cut of wild Pacific salmon truly shines in flavor and texture when prepared medium-rare. If you're not big on the raw foods trend, smoking is also an excellent method of preparation that keeps cooking fairly light. A tip for smokers: the cooler the temp in which your salmon is stored, the better it will keep!


Grilling Is a Surefire Method


According to Fine Cooking, salmon's high fat content makes it a perfect candidate for grilling. Not only does it save you a decent amount of butter, it ensures that the salmon cooks beautifully, "basting [itself] from the inside out."


Make Quick Work


The less time your salmon spends being cooked, the better. Wild salmon has a tendency to overcook rather easily, which means your timing needs to be precise. Cooking for eight to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet, is generally a good rule to follow.


Whether you buy wild caught Alaskan salmon online or you have a favorite fish market, using the tips above should help you create countless beautiful feasts in the future. Happy cooking!