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  • iOnLa May 31, 2012 12:48 PM
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They're back, this time $8.99 lb., even cheaper than last year.
Enjoy.

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  1. Thanks! We got some last year and it was lovely. It is cheaper this year! Thanks again!

    1. Frozen or fresh? Thanks for the heads up!

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      1. re: madcao

        it's fresh. they had lots of it in the marina...and even a few smaller portions.

      2. is it ok to freeze the salmon? if so, for how long?

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        1. re: Jigsaw

          Better to eat it fresh but check comments section of the following for detailed freezing instructions:

          http://doyoureallyknowwhatyoureeating...

          Nice to enjoy a Pliny beforehand ;-)

          1. re: Jigsaw

            When you eat salmon in a sushi joint, the salmon has always been frozen to make it safe to eat raw. (With the exception of tuna, almost all the fish needs to be frozen first).

          2. How are you guys enjoying this?

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            1. re: ns1

              do you mean how are we cooking it? I like Russ Parsons' method—fill a pan with about half inch of water and place on lower rack of oven. put salmon on foil-lined baking sheet, sprinkle w/ salt, pepper and drizzle of olive oil and steam/bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes, depending on size. Simple and pure.

              1. re: ns1

                It was delicious! Thanks for the tip, iON.

                I marinated it in olive oil, soy sauce, garlic and dill and bar-b-qued it. Magnificent!

                It was just for my wife and me and Costco packages these filets in about 3 pound packs. I was reluctant to freeze the fish and they were more thna kind to separate a package and leave me with one filet.

                1. re: Honeyman

                  I didn't know Costco would separate the meat and make smaller portions. That's good to know. Never hurts to ask!

                2. re: ns1

                  The fish I got on Sunday has been excellent. My normal prep is 15-20 minute marinade in oil, lemon, pepper and garlic, cooked over medium heat in a non-stick grill pan, or an actual grill if I have time.

                3. Thanks OP! stopped in this weekend. It's odd because I visited 2 Costcos on the 29th and didn't see any.

                  1. thanks for posting this. Interesting that I was just in Seattle Memorial Day weekend and the fish markets up there had just gotten these in and they were selling it for $10.99/lb. I guess Costco's bulk buying power is really big.

                    1. I went to the Costco in the Marina and no fish! Which one did you get it at??

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                      1. re: ckatay

                        Van Nuys.

                        1. re: iOnLa

                          Plenty of fish at the location in Tustin. Some packages weighing as low as 2.6 lbs and costing around $25 for the pack.

                          We used iOnLa's steaming method in the oven - rubbing the fish with salt/pepper, olive oil, thyme and garlic. Very flavorful and moist.

                        2. re: ckatay

                          It was there last week. But lots of people were buying it. I did the recipe on the cover of Bon Appetit...roasted and served with yogurt sauce and israeli couscous. Very nice...

                          1. re: ckatay

                            Just bought some yesterday at around noon in MDR. There were alot of packages still.

                          2. Just back from a Costco in Connecticut where it was $9.99/lb. Guess the extra dollar is for the extra distance traveled.

                            By the way, as soon as I get home I portion the fish and vacuum seal and freeze it. I think it freezes and thaws extremely well with no discernible loss of flavor or texture.

                            1. Absolutely delicious!

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                              1. re: raytamsgv

                                can this be consumed as sashimi?

                                1. re: rickym13

                                  Yes, it's fine served as sake.

                                  1. re: rickym13

                                    No, not unless you freeze it first. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting tapeworms and other nasty stuff from the salmon. Its one of the reasons why the Japanese didn't historically consume raw salmon as sushi or sashimi.

                                    1. re: hobbess

                                      I had always assumed the fish at Costco (as it is at every other market) is frozen at some point before it makes it to market.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        The copper river salmon we are discussing is flash frozen and sold in he freezer section. Most fish sold as fresh has been frozen for transport. Unless, you live on a coast and the fish is local. Give the frozen copper river salmon a try.

                                        1. re: pagesinthesun

                                          I didn't see it in the freezer section, but I didn't look hard. The salmon I bought was in the refrigerator and not frozen.

                                          1. re: pagesinthesun

                                            It was NOT sold in the freezer section. We bought a few, and they were definitely refrigerated.

                                      2. re: rickym13

                                        I wouldn't risk it. Something about freshwater and parasites.

                                    2. One of our favorite Costco buys! We learned about it at a seafood grilling class we took last year. This one bit of advice has increased our fish /salmon intake ten fold!

                                      1. Ralphs has started their annual Copper River salmon special. The butcher told me they fly it in every other day. Normally I don't buy any seafood at Ralphs, but this is delicious. Its about the same price as CostCo's.

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                                        1. re: ebethsdad

                                          how big are the portions at Ralph's? i went to Costco and found the sizes for sale too big even for cutting and putting in the freezer (just not enough room).

                                          1. re: trolley

                                            Ralph's will cut it and sell you what you need. I bought a little over a pound. Today's price is $9.99 a pound at Ralph's Fresh Fair.

                                            1. re: trolley

                                              I just buy the whole fish and use a cleaver to section it into steaks.

                                              1. re: raytamsgv

                                                i would like to do that but i'm seriously packed to the gills in my freezer. that was my intention with the costco salmon but decided not to buy it since i just didn't have the space.

                                          2. Los Feliz Costco told me on Monday that they'd have Copper River filets on Thursday. They did have whole salmons, but they weren't scaled, and since I've done that before, creating a huge mess - I passed.

                                            There's no problem freezing the filets. Merely cut them to the size you want and put them in a ziplock freezer bag, press out as much air as you can, and seal. I buy the largest package they have at the time, and haven't had any freezer burn problems or fish gone bad, even after a couple of months.

                                            1. Bought some the other day and cured it in the frig for 24 hours and made my own lox. 1 cup suger, one cup salt, some fresh ground black pep, and fresh dill. Wrapped it in plastic wrap really tight and left it for 24 hrs. Washed it off and enjoyed. Much better than the $17-20??? something you pay for lox. One bit of caution, make sure you trim the salmon so its as even in thichness as possible. The thin end will cure much faster than the thick center making it tough.

                                              1. Up to $10/lb at the local Costco (LA county). Can everyone/anyone update prices?

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                                                1. re: TonyC

                                                  went a couple of weeks ago and Costco Van Nuys had nothing so I assumed Copper River season was over, but I don't go there regularly so maybe they were just out.

                                                  Ralphs now has wild Alaskan Sockeye—they said it's from a different river—for $9.99 lb.

                                                  1. re: TonyC

                                                    purchased at Alhambra Costco over the weekend for $9.99 /lb.

                                                    1. re: TonyC

                                                      It was also $10/lb at the Ralphs at Olympic and Barrington last week. Quality was similar to what I bought at Costco a few weeks back.

                                                      1. re: Hillbilly Moonshiner

                                                        that's my go-to Ralphs too!
                                                        the other one I really like for quality and selection of meat and fish is at Coldwater and Ventura.

                                                      2. re: TonyC

                                                        It was $10 at Costco (Marina) this week. But it didn't say Copper River...just wild sockeye. Good though....