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Which salmon should I buy?

By Lisa Gosselin, March 14, 2012 - 1:12pm

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Lisa asks: Do you buy wild or farmed salmon?


Great article, thanks! (I look for wild; whether canned, pouched or 'fresh')


05/17/2015 - 4:24pm

I shop at Whole Foods and they tell me there are two kinds of farmed salmon and that the salmon farmed in the ocean is okay to eat but the salmon farmed in a pit far away from the ocean is bad - is this true


05/14/2015 - 6:26pm

I buy wild, and often opt for sockeye, canned or fresh, because I like the intense flavor. Farmed fish fats have an "off" flavor, in my perception, which is a reflection of the unnatural selection of fats fed to them.
Love it in a quick salmon salad, in salmon salad with a lot of apple added, pan braised or seared with spice crust, or cured with dill or fennel and brown sugar.


05/02/2015 - 2:36pm

Farmed salmon has almost prevented me from eating salmon anymore. One of my favorite guest dishes for a stand up party table is poached silver salmon served with the dill sauce. This is a large fish and one can not easily find small servings at our local markets. We have tried a variety of types but have ended up choosing salmon from Alaska or Norway or in other words, cold water regions. I came to this conclusion after my travels to Australia where I tried the salmon there. I found that it had the same taste I disliked with the Atlantic salmon. So I have been focusing on cold water varieties. I have tried sockeye but that seem a little strong to me. You comments seem to validate my taste. I have not as far as I know tried King or Coho but will give it a try. What I generally get is from Norway from Whole Foods but not sure of the variety. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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03/07/2015 - 4:25pm

I alway by wild salon.


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12/28/2014 - 10:03pm

I never buy Farmed Salmon. I agree with your discussions above as the reason. Thank you for promoting what I believe is better for us & the environment. I keep a current [ as it changes] Seafood Watch card from Montery Bay Aquarium in my wallet, it's handy. And I'm constantly educating others on these easy to access resources. It is not often I find good salmon or other healthy seafood in my small town, but when I get it I will use my vacuum sealer, freeze it and it does very well for quick thaw & cook.

Lee from Colorado


12/08/2014 - 5:17pm

I buy Salmon from Kodiak Alaska, but in light of Fukushima is the Salmon still consider safe to buy?


11/01/2014 - 6:15am

I buy only wild salmon for cooking at home. My husband, however, loves to eat at sushi restaurants and they almost always serve Atlantic Salmon. Our they charge an arm and a leg for 'premium' salmon. I make him pay the extra :)


08/11/2014 - 2:38pm

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