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July 18, 2011

The Sockeye Salmon


The sockeye salmon here  are found in the Northern Pacific Ocean and in the rivers discharging into it. They are silver in color while living in the ocean and turn red in the freshwater. They seem to be bountiful at this time of the year, an indication of the return abundance of the priced fish. I personally prefer the sockeye to the pink or the chum salmon for taste and color.  All three are the most common of the Pacific salmon species. The striking hue of their flesh is actually attributed to its exclusive diet. It feeds extensively on zooplankton during both freshwater and seawater life stages. They also feed on small shrimp. This way they have the lowest concentration of harmful chemical elements.
To enjoy this fish I prepare it the simplest way possible for its delicate flavor and health benefits. To prepare, pan fry it in olive oil seasoned with sea salt and pepper and maybe a squeeze of lemon juice before serving. 
I don't remove the skin for the crisp salmon cracklings. 
This is the part of the fish that is rich in essential fatty acids like omega-3.

Serve it on a bed of tomato and basil salad for extra freshness.


Enjoy this bounty from the sea!






16 comments:

  1. What a beautiful color!!Che ricetta fresca ed estiva!!
    Vevi

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  2. Your salmon is gorgeous! It is a favorite of mine and I really like the way you served it with the tomatoes and basil. Ummmmmm!

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  3. Mmmmmm can I come to dinner please I love salmon ;-) Diane

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  4. We also here have some fantastic salmon.This recepie looks awesome;)

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  5. Beautiful salmon, you made an awesome flavorful meal with them.

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  6. That looks really interesting! I loved the way how you prepared it. The salmon dish is truly tempting!!
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  7. Love salmon, but rarely eat it because the wild stuff is so expensive and the farmed stuff is so full of chemicals. This looks wonderful. I'm a fan of salmon crackling too.

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  8. You know how to tempt people very well!

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  9. The fresh salmon just really pops out on the screen. Wow!

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  10. Pretty color ~ must be a treat for fish lovers :)
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  11. There ain't many things more enjoyable than a good pan-seared sockeye salmon steak!

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  12. ciao carissimo!
    un colore stupendo... hai fatto bene a scegliere una presentazione semplice ed efficace per questo prodotto che parla da solo!

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  13. I've a prize for you in my blog come to see what it is!;)
    Vevi

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  14. What a lovely way to serve salmon...looks wonderful :)

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  15. you bought the whole fish?? it is an expensive fish over here, just a small piece of fillet will cost around USD4.

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