The Many Faces Of Salmon
According to Chef Daniel Orr's taste, wild salmon is the best salmon. But there are so many other factors to consider when selecting salmon from the store:
- King Salmon has the highest omega-3 oil content and most velvety texture.
- Sockeye Salmon has the firmest flesh of wild Pacific salmon with a high fat content.
- Coho Salmon is milder flavored and more lean than Sockeye and King Salmon.
It also depends where they are caught. Salmon gain a lot of fat in the ocean to make their journey up, and they burn off that fat as they get closer to their spawning site. So, Chef Orr recommends getting the fish as freshly from the ocean as possible.
A less expensive option is to buy farm-raised salmon. They are kept in the ocean in large netted areas and fed food pellets. Find some that have been fed organic food, says Chef Orr. This will be more expensive, but it's worth it.