Open Nature Sockeye Salmon
Loaded with heart-healthy and brain-boosting omega-3 fats, salmon is among the healthiest, tastiest and most popular fish. Right now is a great time to pick up wild sockeye salmon on sale at Safeway.
U.S. wild-caught sockeye salmon is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.
The name “Sockeye” is a butchered pronunciation of the Native American name “Sukkai”.
Sockeye Salmon is a fabulously full-flavored fish with a high-fat content which contributes to its rich flavor. It has a firm-texture with medium-sized flakes and flesh which ranges in color from orange to deep red. Compared to Chinook (King) Salmon, Sockeye has a denser, meatier texture and a more intense flavor, while King has a more succulent, tender texture with larger flakes.
Sockeye has the reddest flesh of the wild salmon species. The raw meat has a bright-red or orange-red color. The salmon remains red when it is cooked.
How to Cook Sockeye Salmon
The not-too-fishy taste makes it a great go-to for baking, searing, steaming, and even grilling.
Because sockeye is thinner than farmed Atlantic salmon, it cooks quickly and is perfect for the grill. A cedar plank is a great way to impart delicious flavor into the salmon.
See a grilled cedar plank salmon recipe here.
Recipes for Sockeye Salmon
Any recipe you have for Atlantic salmon and also be used with sockeye salmon. The cooking time may be less because the sockeye salmon is thinner than farmed Atlantic salmon.
A basic grilled sockeye salmon recipe would be a simple drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of seasoning blend. My personal favorite seasoning blends for salmon include McCormick’s Grill Mates low sodium Montreal Steak seasoning and Kinder’s The Blend seasoning mix. Grill the sockeye over medium heat for about 10 minutes with the skin side down, or on a cedar plank. There is no need to flip the salmon since it is thin.
You’ll know when it’s done because the flesh will be glistening. Don’t wait until the fish is covered with the white albumin protein – that means it’s overcooked!
Related reading: Seafood Grilling Guide
Health Benefits of Salmon
Beyond its moist and flakey interior is a long list of healthful vitamins, minerals, fats, and antioxidants that make this fish the perfect catch. Salmon is rich in omega-3s, an essential fat that our own bodies can’t produce. Eating a balanced diet with these healthy fats may help to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote bone and joint health
- Lower blood pressure
- Support eye health
- Support liver health
- Maintain healthy skin
When is Sockeye Salmon in season?
Fresh Sockeye salmon is available during the summer and early fall. You can find frozen, canned, and smoked salmon available year-round.
Where is Sockeye Salmon Sourced?
Sockeye salmon is wild and is found in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.
Read about Safeway’s seafood sustainability here.
The sale price of wild sockeye salmon
Pick up Safeway’s Open Nature Sockeye Salmon fillets for just $7.97/lb. with a new Just for U Digital Coupon through June 9th. The salmon is normally $11.97/lb, so you’ll save $4 per pound with the coupon.
- Open Nature Alaskan Sockeye Salmon on sale for $9.97/lb. through June 9th
- Load Just for U Digital Coupon for $7.97/lb. Open Nature Sockeye Salmon
- Final Price = $7.97 for 1 lb.
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