Salmon-a top seafood choice

What makes salmon a top seafood choice!

First of all, let’s start off with some basic information.  There are a variety of salmon species out there, which one is the best?  Well, it depends on your flavor profile, some people like a milder flaky texture while other people like a richer and firm portion of salmon.  Whatever, your liking may be, salmon is a top seafood choice any day of the week for lunch or dinner, and sometimes breakfast!

Here’s a closer look at a few types of popular salmon options out there!

Sockeye-the most salmon tasting of the species due to its diet of shrimp and plankton, sockeye is the second fattiest of them all.  Closely related to the King salmon, sockeye tends to be a favorite due to its intense flavor.

Coho-aka the silver salmon.  This bad boy is deep red in color and packs a pretty intense flavor punch.  However, the flesh is more delicate and is best enjoyed in-season and wild caught.

Atlantic-probably the most popular of them all because it has a mild flavor and mild fat content.  Atlantic salmon is moist with large flakes, and can stand its ground amongst a variety of spices and seasonings.

King-called the king due to the fact that many people enjoy the richer denser flavors it provides.  This species of salmon is higher in fat content with white and sometimes red flesh.  Similarly to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, King salmon will definitely make an impression on you!

Is salmon a health food?

Well, it is a high source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and most of it has a decent amount of omega 3 fatty acids.  Omega 3 fatty acids occur in fatty fish and are thought to contribute to healthy brain function.

Unique salmon dishes from around the world

Japanese salmon Yakitori:  skewered salmon is basted with a sweet soy sauce over a charcoal grill which caramelizes and creates a crunchy and smoky flavorful coating.

French poached salmon with beurre blanc sauce:  gently poached salmon with a butter based sauce consisting of shallots, vinegar, and white wine.

Indian Tandoori salmon:  filets marinate in spicy yogurt sauce and then bake for a perfectly moist and spiced bite.

Select and store

Salmon can be purchase whole with head on or off, filets, or steaks.  You can buy it canned, frozen, smoked or cured, but most preferably fresh.

If the head is on, the eyes should be clear and it should not smell fishy.  If you are not able to eat the fresh salmon within a day or two, then freeze as soon as possible.  And don’t refreeze, if thawed from frozen.

Salmon is a top seafood choice due to its wide range in flavors and textures.  Plus, a variety of seasonings pair well with salmon.  Cultures all over the world have embraced salmon into their daily diets and have blended sweet, sour, salty tastes into their dishes.  The nutritional value and health benefits are just another reason to enjoy salmon.  Lastly, salmon is wildly available at the grocery store and all over restaurant menus for lunch or dinner, and sometimes breakfast.  There is no reason for it not to be your top seafood choice.     Check out Lloyd’s dinner and lunch menus to see how we incorporate salmon into our menus from entrée salads to poke bowls to composed dishes.  In addition, Lloyd’s Express, next door, offers carryout for breakfast and lunch in which smoked salmon hits the daily specials from time to time.  See you soon!