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Feb 9, 2009 01:06 PM

Want the best fresh salmon in Seattle?

I'm coming back to Seattle and want to buy some fresh salmon to take home. Bought at Pikes Place Market last time, and would like another option. Any thoughts how to get right off the boat?

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  1. Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard

    1. It's not salmon season in Seattle yet. So what you will buy will be fresh-frozen. It's about the closest you can get this time of year. Mid-May is when salmon season typically starts.

      That said, Wilson Fish at the Ballard Farmers Market on Sundays and the Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard will have frozen stuff that was frozen within a VERY short time of catching.

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      1. re: patriciajane

        Wild Salmon Seafood, in the Fishermen's Terminal is a good place to look, though Mutual Fish does a good job, as does Uwajimaya. I'm not sure how well equipped these last are for packing to travel, but the Market does that all day long.

        1. re: patriciajane

          you certainly can get fresh salmon. it isn't season for the fatty fish headed upstream, but most markets will have fresh line caught wild salmon when they can get it.

        2. The best fish markets in Seattle are (1) Mutual Fish in the south, and (2) University Seafood & Poultry in the north. They both ship

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          1. re: PAO

            I totally agree with PAO .. when I lived back east, I used to call University and have them ship salmon for me. Always super fresh and they are so sweet, as are the folks at Mutual. You won't even need to visit in person, though that is always fun too.

          2. Mutual Fish.
            There's nothing better in Seattle.

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            1. re: latindancer

              Lot's of great advice here. I'm going to buy for me and also ship some. Who is good for shipping crab? I have lots of crabholic friends in other cities.

              I'll trade crab for Chicago Deep Dish :)

              1. re: TaylorRoot

                One place that was missed as it is not a market but it does a very good job in shipping all sorts of fish and seafood products:
                One can hop on a ferry to visit their plant.

                1. re: Jon1856

                  Thanks for the tip! I'll go just to ride the ferry :) I've promised a zillion people back East fresh fish. Grilling season approaches there.

                  1. re: TaylorRoot

                    From Come Visit Us:
                    Visit Our Retail Store - Shop at outlet store prices. Get your picture taken with a huge King salmon. And, don’t forget to ask for your free "I’ve Gone WILD" button. Store hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm, and Sundays 12:00 noon – 4:00pm.

                    Tour Our Authentic Smokehouse - Watch the hand-filleting and traditional Northwest smoking of our wild salmon. Best times to tour are 9:15am – 10:45am, but give us a call (360 293-4661 x3001) and we’ll be happy to try to accommodate your tour at any time that’s convenient.

                    1. re: Jon1856

                      BTB TalyorRoot;
                      I do hope that those Zillion people back on the right coast are very close, warm, dear friends of yours. Fresh, whole salmon, by itself comes with a cost. The real cost comes with the next day air ice shipping.
                      Something else you need to know about in advance and ask about.

                2. re: TaylorRoot

                  I would seriously trust Mutual with anything.
                  They are the masters....crab included.

                  1. re: TaylorRoot

                    As a fellow Midwesterner, I can report that I have had excellent service and crabs on numerous occasions from City Fish. Good price, arrive on time and deliver what they promise.


                    I would second the salmon recommendation on Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard.

                    1. re: DrWine

                      Thanks for the tip! I've lived mostly in the East and Mid-West, with a short time in Atlanta. West Coast was for vacations and business trips.

                3. Tim's Seafood in Kirkland Parkplace when salmon is in season.

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                  1. re: firecracker

                    A couple boats @ fishermans terminal sell whole fish that can be bought literally off the boat. They put up a small sandwich board when they are in port. They don't scale or filet, but the price per lb is great, as is the freshness.