Food - Drink
The Most Flavorful Type Of Salmon You Can Buy
By WENDY LEIGH
There are seven Pacific salmon species, including the Asian species masu and amago, coho, chum, sockeye, pink, and Chinook, also known as king salmon, with the latter five inhabiting North American waters. Although Chinook salmon are the largest, there is another salmon type that excels in flavor.
The most flavorful salmon is the sockeye species. Because of its distinct "fishy" flavor depth, it works in a wide range of recipes and preparation methods, including fileted, baked, steamed, grilled, and smoked; it even meets raw consumption standards, serving as the star of many sushi or sashimi dishes.
The sockeye’s plankton-heavy diet leads to higher vitamin B12 concentrations than all other salmon varieties. In addition, sockeyes carry high amounts of protein, roughly 18 grams per serving, and bring beneficial anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids to sustain heart, brain, and joint health.