Friday, May 25, 2012
Where to get Copper River salmon in Dallas
Fish is available for a limited time.
Copper River salmon, from the Copper River in Alaska, is supposedly better than other salmon because the salmon have to fight to make it through the rapids. That fight increases their body fat, and fat tastes good. But people also like to make a big deal about it because it's available for a limited time. The season just began, and restaurants are sending out alerts:
Sea Breeze fishmonger Rick Oruch says their first shipment of Copper River Salmon should be available in both the fish market and the restaurant. Rick did not pull the trigger on the first opening -- which had only 1,000 King salmon but 153,000 Sockeye. He did, however, buy from the 2nd opening -- which had more King salmon harvested.
TJ's Seafood says that the Copper River, while open to fishing, aren't catching any King salmon, only Sockeyes, but promises that a Columbia River Springer King Salmon is better than a Copper River Sockeye Salmon.
"We know it's confusing," the TJ's email says. "Each river has multiple salmon species, with Kings being the premium. So we will be featuring Columbia River King Salmon until Copper River KING Salmon becomes available."
Princi Italia has grilled Copper River salmon with rosemary blood orange glaze and sauteed porchini mushrooms.
Cru has cedar plank salmon with choice of lemon basil or lime ginger glaze with grilled asparagus, until Monday or whenever supplies run out.
Steel will also have it until Monday or whenever supplies run out, and will prepare it as nigiri sushi or sashimi, or else cooked "Hawaii lomi lomi style" or grilled with ginger-tangerine glaze.
(Cru, Princi Italia, and Steel obviously got the memo that "glazes are in.")
Add Remington's Seafood Grill to the list of restaurants serving Copper River Salmon, which is said to be "awesome."
Another addition: Rex's Seafood Market, also serving what is described as "great" Copper River Salmon.
Also doing the Copper River salmon thing: Dive Coastal Cuisine, in Snider Plaza.