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What on earth is a Salmon Tenderloin?

I saw this the other day at a restaurant trying way too hard to be trendy. I laughed and asked the waitress what part of the salmon was the tenderloin. She explained that it's the piece of meat on the side of the fish. I nodded understandingly and went with something else.

Doesn't the definition of "loin" exclude all fish immediately?

Someone please enlighten me.

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  1. Right. Fish have loins, didn't you know?

    1. just google it... it looks to be the filet that is cut across...

      1. At some point the "loin" term was created for fish to designate a filet cut that is more uniform in section and appearance. The frozen slabs for sushi are all referred to as "loins." It's marketing shorthand.

          1. Waitress: "You want those loins girded or not, honey?"

            I guess salmon loins are somewhere between the shoulder and rump, right?

            Any salmon brisket on the menu?

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              1. re: Kagemusha

                I always get the chicken lips appetizer before my salmon tenderloin.

                1. re: Kagemusha

                  Salmon shoulder! Sounds ideal for barbecue.
                  There is a place in Canada (BC) called Salmon Arm.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    I've heard salmon shoulder referred to as the area behind the jaw...sort of like hamachi Kama/collar. Most fish mongers will sell the filleted salmon carcass for a few cents or give them away...real good eating.