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Copper River Sockeye at CostCo

iOnLa May 31, 2012 12:48 PM

They're back, this time $8.99 lb., even cheaper than last year.

  1. TonyC Jun 27, 2012 10:23 PM

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

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    1. re: TonyC
      iOnLa Jun 28, 2012 11:04 AM

      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
        foufou Jun 28, 2012 11:10 AM

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

        1. re: TonyC
          Hillbilly Moonshiner Jun 28, 2012 11:24 AM

          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
            iOnLa Jun 28, 2012 12:08 PM

            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
            perk Jun 28, 2012 12:46 PM

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

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            BBQ101 Jun 10, 2012 06:33 AM

            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. toitoi Jun 6, 2012 02:46 PM

              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.

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                ebethsdad Jun 6, 2012 12:44 PM

                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
                  trolley Jun 6, 2012 01:00 PM

                  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
                    wienermobile Jun 6, 2012 01:08 PM

                    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
                      raytamsgv Jun 6, 2012 02:08 PM

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

                      1. re: raytamsgv
                        trolley Jun 6, 2012 02:32 PM

                        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. pagesinthesun Jun 5, 2012 09:03 PM

                    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. raytamsgv Jun 5, 2012 02:39 PM

                      Absolutely delicious!

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                      1. re: raytamsgv
                        rickym13 Jun 5, 2012 03:33 PM

                        can this be consumed as sashimi?

                        1. re: rickym13
                          ipsedixit Jun 5, 2012 08:46 PM

                          Yes, it's fine served as sake.

                          1. re: rickym13
                            hobbess Jun 5, 2012 09:26 PM

                            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
                              ipsedixit Jun 5, 2012 09:33 PM

                              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
                                pagesinthesun Jun 5, 2012 09:41 PM

                                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
                                  Hillbilly Moonshiner Jun 6, 2012 11:38 AM

                                  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
                                    raytamsgv Jun 6, 2012 02:04 PM

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

                              2. re: rickym13
                                Tkn Jun 5, 2012 09:41 PM

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

                            2. JoanN Jun 4, 2012 01:05 PM

                              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.

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                                ckatay Jun 4, 2012 11:23 AM

                                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
                                  iOnLa Jun 4, 2012 12:26 PM

                                  Van Nuys.

                                  1. re: iOnLa
                                    Searching4Dunny Jun 4, 2012 12:36 PM

                                    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
                                    perk Jun 4, 2012 03:13 PM

                                    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
                                      citizenx Jun 4, 2012 03:22 PM

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

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                                      TailbackU Jun 4, 2012 11:20 AM

                                      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. TonyC Jun 4, 2012 09:14 AM

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

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                                          ns1 Jun 1, 2012 11:26 AM

                                          How are you guys enjoying this?

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                                          1. re: ns1
                                            iOnLa Jun 1, 2012 02:15 PM

                                            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
                                              Honeyman Jun 4, 2012 07:23 AM

                                              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
                                                granadafan Jun 4, 2012 11:09 AM

                                                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
                                                Hillbilly Moonshiner Jun 4, 2012 04:28 PM

                                                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. Jigsaw May 31, 2012 07:38 PM

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

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                                                1. re: Jigsaw
                                                  Searching4Dunny May 31, 2012 10:37 PM

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


                                                  Nice to enjoy a Pliny beforehand ;-)

                                                  1. re: Jigsaw
                                                    hobbess Jun 5, 2012 12:30 AM

                                                    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).

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                                                    madcao May 31, 2012 05:06 PM

                                                    Frozen or fresh? Thanks for the heads up!

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                                                    1. re: madcao
                                                      perk May 31, 2012 05:06 PM

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

                                                    2. WildSwede May 31, 2012 04:44 PM

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

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