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May 31, 2007 09:45 AM

Copper River Salmon in Phx?

Anyone spotted any yet this year...either on a menu or at a market?

In the past we've had it at McCormick's...Rockfish of all places usually has it on the menu as well, they grill it simply and manage to do a good job with it. In the years since we came here from Seattle I'm finding it easier at the markets as well.

Am hankering for some tonight, either at home or out but haven't really seen it yet? I think the season started about a couple weeks ago so should be here by now, I just haven't been paying attention.

Help a homesick salmon craving girl out? :-)

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  1. I think Kincaid's usually has it around this time of year, but I'm not sure if it's available yet. I'd recommend giving them a call.

    If you want to cook it yourself, Alaska Family Salmon might have it:

    3154 E Camelback Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    (602) 957-3474

    1. I saw copper river salmon at AJ's last weekend.

      1. If you have a Whole Foods, you can probably find it there for home preparation.

        1. Thanks. Kincaid's is in fact the only place I've found that has it. McCormicks said they'd have it in by next week and Rockfish said they' have it on the menu starting tomorrow night. Roy's had no idea what I was talking about. I gave Durant's a call hoping maybe they'd pick it up for a week or to and give us an excuse to go back but they won't be carrying it.

          How is Kincaid's? We've never been there.

          Might pick some up to grill. Last year AJ's was a lot more expensive than Whole Foods which was more expensive than Sprouts but I don't think I've seen where Sprouts has it in yet.

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          1. re: ziggylu

            I think that Durant's usually serves Atlantic salmon. I like many things about Durant's, but not the salmon especially.

            As for Kincaid's, it doesn't get a lot of buzz on this board or elsewhere, but I think it's pretty good. With fresh seafood, they'll usually offer a choice of a special preparation with an interesting sauce or just a "simply grilled" presentation with a little salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

            Aside from the fish, I really like their mixed green salad with blue cheese wraps as an appetizer. They also have a house beer that I like.

            It's a nice place -- right downtown in the Collier Center. They'll validate your parking in the underground garage.

            1. re: ziggylu

              A few more that I've called that won't be serving it this season(figured I'd keep the list running in case anyone else is looking for it):

              Fish Market
              Salt Cellar
              Ocean House
              Latitude 30

              1. re: ziggylu

                ziggylu - care to share how you cook this salmon? i'd never heard of it until today. how is the flavor different than plain ol' wild alaskan salmon?

                1. re: azhotdish

                  The journey up the Copper River is tough and cold...the salmon that make this trip store extra fat and oil to survive resulting in a fish with rich flavor and intense color. There's a lot of hype with Copper River but it is indeed VERY good salmon. The fact that it's a short season makes it that much more enjoyable I think...a special annual treat/tradition if you will.

                  I keep it very simple when I make really is all about the fish. I like to buy whole ones and marinate it in a bit of of maple syrup, rice wine vinegar and ginger and then grill. I also like to grill with a brown sugar spice rub. Or just plain with salt and pepper and squeeze a bit of lemon. Personally, I prefer not to plank this particular variety but it's commonly found in teh northwest alder planked as well.

                  Likewise when we order it out I look for simple preparations. McCormick's does do a good job wiht it. Surprisingly, Rockfish for a midlevel chain does a good job with this particular fish as well. I've never been thrilled with them in general but discovered a couple years ago they carry it in season...Last year it was $16.99 simply grilled with a vegetable and salad. Considering it's usually $20+/lb at the store this was a pretty good value. It was prepared very well, not overcooked at all.

                  1. re: ziggylu

                    I do have to say that Rockfish is on the short list of chain sit-down restaurants that I actually make a point to patronize. The fish is always well-prepared, the price is definitely right, the service has never been anything but friendly and efficient, and the beer is served in a giant, ice-cold schooner. All big pluses. :-)

                    I think I'll need to make a point to head there and try the Copper River salmon. The only time I've tried the CR was last year when Costco had it for a short time in their frozen section - I don't think I did it justice on the grill, so I'd like to try it when the professionals are at the controls.

                    1. re: ziggylu

                      Thanks, I appreciate the thorough explanation.

                      Growing up in the Midwest, salmon was actually something I didn't grow up with, so I am by no means an expert in this vein (walleye and bass being the primary take in MN lake waters). So when I do buy good salmon, I try to keep the prep simple - salt, pepper and squeeze of lemon in a cask iron skillet. I've also done 3/2 maple/soy marinate for 24 hrs which is also excellent on the grill. I'd be interesting in trying some of this CRS, so thanks.

                      On the other hand, as far as cheap salmon (see: farmed) goes, my girlfriend found an excellent recipe on Epicurious that I've used to rave reviews.
                      This goes great with HomeCookKirsten's roasted truffled fingerling potatoes.

                      1. re: azhotdish

                        That's a great salmon recipe!! Thanks!!

                  2. re: ziggylu

                    Did you REALLY call Wildfish? Because they are in fact serving it.

                    1. re: AZBconcierge

                      Yes I "REALLY" called Wildfish and was told they didn't have any plans to serve it. Why would I say I did if I didn't? Certainly don't ahve any hidden agenda.

                      The phone answerer must not be communicating with the chef.

                2. I picked up some Copper River Sockeye Salmon today at Costco(fresh not the frozen fillets that have been in the freezer in the past). $9.99/lb which is a most respectable price.

                  We did end up at Rockfish a couple nights ago to have some....grilled without the sauce they were offering it was quite good as well. $18.99 for the dinner.

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                  1. re: ziggylu

                    I just heard on the radio that Fry's has Copper River Salmon at $9.88/lb this week. =)

                    1. re: ggdinero

                      I heard that too - has anyone tried the Fry's salmon? I always am leery of Fry's seafood...they don't have a fish counter, so whatever is in the case is what you get (at least at the Fry's locations I have visited) and size of pieces, weight, freshness, etc. is a gamble

                      1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                        Try a Fry's Signature Store. The newly remodeled Store on Shea and 90th st. Has a real fish counter... a la A.J.'s.....
                        I hope they sell enough that I don't see it pre shrink wrapped my next visit!