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Any fresh Copper River Salmon (circa 2013) sightings yet?

Yes, yes, I know it's more about hype at this point than anything else, but still like the stuff.

Season started some 5 days ago, if I have my math done correctly.

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  1. Just for the record, can you tell us about the hype surrounding copper river salmon?? I live in AZ. We like to taste vicariously through people like you.

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    1. re: EWSflash

      This is a nice summary. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc...

      Like the article, at the end of the day, it's less about what estuary the fish comes from, and more about how it's handled.

      1. re: EWSflash

        We live in SE AZ. The weekly newsprint ad from Fry's (like Safeway) said that they have Copper River Salmon again, as they have in May for years. In Tucson you can probably find some at Rincon Market.


        1. re: EWSflash

          It's just plain delicious, hands-down the favorite salmon for those lucky enough to have tried it.

        2. my harris teeter has friday as copper river salmon day!

          1. Fish King in Glendale had some yesterday.

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            1. re: miwine

              Second Fish King, saw it there Monday as well. They also have lovely steelhead right now.

              1. re: MissBubbles

                Out of curiosity, do you remember how much it cost at Fish King?

                On a recent visit to Phoenix, a friend of mine suckered me into going in 1/2 at the obscenely overpriced AJ's supermarket (kind of like our Bristol Farms) and I think the stuff cost $45/lb.

                Mr Taster

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I saw Copper River Sockeye at Whole Paycheck in Glendale about two hours ago. They also had fresh King but didn't say it was Copper River so I figure it isn't.

              2. I'm assuming you're looking for stores that carry it, but Kiriko just started serving it yesterday: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb....

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                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    At Kiriko now. Just had a piece. Dense, rich, lightly smokey. The fat was evenly distributed so it didn't seem too oily. Excellent.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      pete, i really hate you right about now.


                      just joking, funds are a little tight now (save for the s.h. blowout dinner).

                      1. re: kevin

                        I'd hate me too right now. Lol

                        But you got to have all that great food at the LAT party.

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          yeah, that's right, i forgot about the bite nite event.

                          Damn, if we were only content with mcd's for breakfast lunch and dinner everyday.

                          or if we didn't live to eat.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Got a second piece of the Copper River salmon... and a piece of tamagoyaki, so you can properly hate me.

                            1. re: PeterCC

                              damn, you ordered the tamago that i owe so love.

                              someone can write some poetry about that beautiful morsel. i always have to get at least three to four pieces.

                              you know what i may have to hit up that $40 omkase, at least it will save me a few bucks over the one at dinner which will range at a minimum from 100 to 150 per.

                              1. re: kevin

                                Curious - what's the per piece price on that tamagoyaki?

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Per piece. Single piece. 2 bucks. I usually get three pieces at least and scatter that throughout the meal.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    that's it? O_O

                                    the smoked salmon/mango/caviar thing was like a $30 upcharge during dinela. You mean I can have 15 pieces of tamagoyaki for the same price!?

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      Yeah. Though you can possibly get a piece of the smoked salmon caviar mango thing in a tinier portion for about 10 to 12 bucks.

                                      Also, tamagoyaki is usually the cheapest item on a sushi menu anyhow.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        "Also, tamagoyaki is usually the cheapest item on a sushi menu anyhow."

                                        Funny, it seems like the most labor intensive item too (based on what I saw in "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          My bad. I miswrote. Tamago but not necessarily tamagoyaki is the cheapest item usually on the sushi menu.

                                          1. re: kevin

                                            Tamago at a sushi bar is usually tamagoyaki.

                                            1. re: PeterCC

                                              Double my bad.

                                              I stand completely correctd.

                                          2. re: ns1

                                            I think ingredient cost is the primary factor for pricing. Labor is probably averaged.

                        2. re: PeterCC

                          Btw, you got the $40 omakase today ?

                          1. re: PeterCC

                            Will they wrap that sucker around the ripe mango ?

                            1. re: kevin

                              If you order it sashimi I'm sure they would!

                      2. Bought some today at S.M. Seafood

                        1. It is the only salmon I will eat. Had it tonight for dinner. It is not inexpensive, but it does not taste or smell like muddy weeds as the farmed crap is. I might be able to get some more next week. I am so thankful to have an independently owned meat and seafood shop. I'd never buy fish/seafood from a chain grocery store.

                            1. They have it at Whole Foods in Porter Ranch. Same price as high end fish like halibut and Chilean sea bass. About twice as expensive as the farmed stuff.

                              1. $28.99 for Copper River Sockeye at SM Seafood on Wed. It was delicious. Today they had Copper River Wild Copper River King Salmon @ $49.99 a pound. Worth the $20.00 difference. I just would not serve it as an entree at a dinner party.:) Seriously, That King Copper River is equal to the best fish I have tasted throughout the world. Beautiful, simply barbecued.

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                                1. re: maudies5

                                  I just wished they still served that tuna burger from a few years back at Santa Monica Seafood right before the grand remodel.

                                  1. re: maudies5

                                    "Worth the $20.00 difference"

                                    completely subjective.

                                    1. re: maudies5

                                      Prices aside, we had some Copper River King at a friend's place last evening. Incredible.

                                    2. $55/pound at Bristol Farms.

                                      And we have a winner!

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                                      1. re: ipsedixit


                                        I would be afraid to cook anything that costs 55/pound.

                                        1. re: ns1

                                          I'd be afraid to *buy* anything that costs 55/pound ...

                                          And I'd probably be more afraid to sell it.

                                      2. I'm not in the LA area, but I just ordered some from Seabear. It's supposed to ship in a couple of weeks. We buy salmon from them a lot and want to compare this to what we regularly buy.

                                        1. i went to check out the new Sprouts on Westwood and spotted some out of the corner of my eye. No other details. Sorry!

                                          1. The latest ad for Ralph's (I'm in West LA) notes "Limited" amounts of Copper River for $9.99/pound.

                                            1. The Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos has it.

                                              1. Fresco Market in Hermon has it.

                                                1. Just bit the culinary seafood bullet and bought a pound of king at Santa Monica seafood for $50. I asked the fishmonger why it was $10 more than last year....and he said "less of it?" But he didn't seem at all convinced. I'll grill it tonight. It looks fabulous......

                                                  1. just back from my annual Copper River salmon run to CostCo. $13.99 a lb. looks absolutely gorgeous, can't wait to serve tonight.
                                                    Ralph's price is good but I dunno, their fish, no matter how fresh, always looks skanky.
                                                    and I will never pay SM Seafood prices for King again. insanity!

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                                                    1. re: iOnLa

                                                      Just saw this at Costco Redwood City, SF Peninsula...wasn't familiar with this item so passed by. Will go back & pick one up.

                                                      1. re: iOnLa

                                                        Surprisingly enough I have had great luck with Ralphs Copper River. I don't buy any other seafood there but the salmon. I do brine it for two hours and then grill it on a cedar plank, and it is delicious.

                                                        1. re: ebethsdad

                                                          I think the last thing I'd want to do with fresh Copper River Salmon is to brine it.

                                                          Actually, that's probably be the penultimate thing I'd want to do with it.

                                                          The last thing I'd want to do with it is drop it in pot of water and bring it to a hard boil for 20 minutes, or so.

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            Wow, I guess you schooled me. I bow to your superior knowledge.

                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                              Okay, I was going to swear off chowhounds after your snarky reply - but I decided to heed your advice. Purchased Copper River salmon for my birthday dinner - from Costco 9.99/lb. Packaged 7/9 for 7/9. Did not brine. Grilled on cedar plank served with homemade remoulade. Not as good as the brined fish - so I will continue to do the second worst thing I can do to fresh salmon (my friend's son is working on a salmon boat in Alaska this summer so I will get a chance to experiment). As I have always respected your insights I am very sorry to have been annoyed at your supercilious response.

                                                        2. What kind of salmon is at Costco....sockeye? How much per pound?

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                                                          1. re: perk

                                                            sockeye. $13.99 lb., as noted.

                                                            1. re: perk

                                                              Sockeye at Costco (Canoga Park), $12.99/lb and King salmon ($17.99)

                                                              1. re: jotfoodie

                                                                thanks for reporting back.

                                                                how do you plan on prepping yours btw?

                                                                1. re: ns1

                                                                  This is the basic way how I always prepared it, which always gets a 'thumbs up' from my wife:

                                                                  1. Take the scales out
                                                                  2. Cut the fillet into equal size portions
                                                                  3. Rinse and pat dry
                                                                  4. Seasoned with salt and pepper (both sides)
                                                                  5. Brush both sides with olive oil
                                                                  6. Broil it in the oven with skin up (the crunchiness is addicting)
                                                                  7. Occasionally a tad of ponzu after flipping the meat side up at the last stage of broiling

                                                                  Enjoy !

                                                                2. re: jotfoodie

                                                                  wow. have never seen king at Costco, let alone at such a great price.....heading to Canoga Park today. worth the drive.

                                                                  1. re: iOnLa

                                                                    I would call ahead.

                                                                    Selection and quantities vary by location and time of day.

                                                                    1. re: iOnLa

                                                                      I agree with Ipse, better call ahead and reserve it if possible. There were only 2 trays of King left when I got mine yesterday. Hate to see you drive over and be disappointed.

                                                                      Good luck.

                                                                      1. re: jotfoodie

                                                                        well best-laid plans and all....can't get there today. but good point about calling ahead, thx, and it never occurred to me that Costco might set something like this aside.

                                                                      2. re: iOnLa

                                                                        Can anyone else chime in on the Costco king salmon availability by location?

                                                                        1. re: TonyC

                                                                          City of industry Costco got some king and Sockeye, same price as Canoga Park. My local West Covina Vons has Sockeye for $8.99/lb. min. 2lb.

                                                                      3. re: jotfoodie

                                                                        The King doesn't seem to be Copper River?

                                                                        1. re: MissBubbles

                                                                          I took a second look at the label and you are right that it did not say Copper River. Good catch and that should account for the price disparity with the Copper River King elsewhere.

                                                                          Thank your for pointing it out.

                                                                    2. Just saw Copper River King Salmon at Fish King $43 a lb though.

                                                                      1. It's on the current menu at Napa Rose (at the Grand Californian in Downtown Disney).

                                                                        1. The Sprouts ad for this week has Copper River Salmon at 16.99/pound.

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                                                                          1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                                                                            Von's "just for U" online ad has it at $8.99 per pound til Jun 11

                                                                            1. re: taiwanesesmalleats

                                                                              Just left the new Sprouts in West Hills in the Fallbrook Mall and you are correct. They also had wild caught tuna from Viet Nam, previously frozen, for $8.99 per pound. Looked really good - sushi grade, not sashimi grade, per Darlene the manager of the department.
                                                                              If you go, get to know her, she really knows her meat & fish.

                                                                            2. You can order it directly from the source online to anywhere in the US. I've been doing it for years and it always comes very well packed and fresh. It's not cheap but it's definitely cheaper than the $50 per pound that some people are paying. At the moment, you can get Copper River King and Sockeye, Spot Shrimp and Halibut fresh (never frozen) from the site I use.

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                                                                              1. re: BKK Brendan

                                                                                could you share your online source.

                                                                                there are several. one I found, FishEx charges $38.95 lb. for King plus $29 overnight shipping. might as well go to SM Seafood...

                                                                              2. Sea Fever at the HFM had Copper River this week as well as local salmon for $26 / pd. Excellent. Last week though.

                                                                                1. Vons/Pavilions online( for card members who add coupon to their club card) has it as a click-on special this week at $8.99 per pound. Must sign up as "just for u" customer then click on coupon deals to add to your club card.

                                                                                  (not to be confused with their newspaper ad for atlantic salmon at 8.99)

                                                                                  Valid once only per member, valid through 6/11 if supplies last

                                                                                  1. My brother got copper river salmon at Costco in San Diego, so I called the Los Feliz location and they did not have it. If anyone spots it at an LA-area Costco please post the location. I'll call other stores soon to check their stock. Thanks!

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                                                                                    1. re: madcao

                                                                                      Try Alhambra - I've seen it there twice (most recently approx two weeks ago).

                                                                                    2. I bought copper river salmon at Costco Los Feliz for $12.99 last night. I gleefully went home with $150 worth!

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                                                                                      1. re: madcao

                                                                                        I found my Costco purchase did NOT hold up well when I froze it and thawed it. I was surprised at how disappointed I was. Perhaps it was an off filet or my method of freezing/defrosting (wrapped in two layers of saran wrap and placed in ziplock freezer bag - thawed overnight in the freezer) did something to the quality. If there's a next time, I won't wait to cook it... but, I found myself preferring Wild Sockeye by a mile.

                                                                                        1. re: The Oracle

                                                                                          (wrapped in two layers of saran wrap and placed in ziplock freezer bag - thawed overnight in the freezer)

                                                                                          Thawed overnight in the freezer??

                                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                            whoops! now wouldn't THAT be interesting. Meant to say "thawed overnight in the refrigerator!"

                                                                                      2. Waiting for the Cooper River salmon to be delivered to the Costco store in Glendale Arizona, any idea as to when this will happen?