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Smoked Coho Salmon

Smoked Coho Salmon

Smoked Coho salmon from the mouth of the Copper River.

 

Kim Menster grew up in Ohio, but has been living and fishing in Cordova, Alaska for years. When she's not fishing, she might be singing an original tune at a Cowboy Poetry slam in Oregon, or assisting with the supply planes during the Iditarod, or even teaching music lessons to the children at the local school during the winter time when no one's out on the water fishing. 
 
Cordova is a small town (like most of the towns in Alaska) at the mouth of the famous Copper River, on the east edge of Prince William Sound. It's an incredibly fertile fishing area that's heavily regulated so that the salmon isn't depleted. Most of her boat is open, but there's a small cabin with a cot, a head (bathroom), a hot plate, and a place to pilot the boat. All in all, the boat is around thirty feet long.
 
"So what we're looking for at the mouth of the Copper River are the salmon that are about to go up the river to spawn." Kim explained. "These fish have been out in the ocean eating and getting bigger and fatter and generally getting ready for their last adventure." Before the salmon make their way up the river, however, they sort of rest and fast in preparation for the trip. "This is when you want to catch the fish: when their stomachs are empty." Said Kim. "Like us, fish are what they eat and that can influence the overall flavor of the fish if you catch them while their still feeding."
 
Kim prefers Coho salmon for smoking because the flesh of Coho is heartier and can stand up to the smoke without its texture breaking down like other types of salmon. It has a more robust flavor than the delicate smoked salmon of Scotland, but that means it's a bit more versatile as well. I served a bit with Thanksgiving along side some crusty bread and a squeeze of lemon. A couple capers never hurt either! But you can flake and toss this with a pasta dish and have a grand ol' dinner amidst all the holiday hubbub.

Smoked Coho Salmon

P-SCS 12 oz
$35
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