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White meat king salmon

burr_baby33burr_baby33 Posts: 503
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum

Just returned from my 12th fishing trip to Alaska. In all my previous trips I never knew about king salmon with white flesh. Most of the salmon our group caught were silver salmon  (coho) but we did catch 4 king salmon. The man cleaning and processing our fish told me that one of our kings had white flesh and the different color has something with the fish's diet.  I googled it and found that somewhere between 1 and 5 % of king salmon have the white flesh.  Anyhow I found a couple white fillets in my boxes and they will be dinner on the egg tomorrow night.  My wife and I came home with 300 pounds of salmon, halibut, yellow eye and ling cod fillets.  Wild caught Alaskan salmon, flash frozen within hours after being caught just can not be beat. I just bought a 20 pound bag of alder chunks, I'm ready.


  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,465
    Oh my. That is some good eats. Enjoy!
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  • I miss living in Alaska for that very reason.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • White Kings are legendary. We caught one once and it was a shock cutting it open and seeing the flesh. My brother thought it was a boot, but I'd heard about them before.

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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,458
    edited September 2012
    You lucky dog, I want to do that but just can't afford it. At $ 5,000 a week + air it's just too steep.

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,458

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

  • bud812 said:

    You lucky dog, I want to do that but just can't afford it. At $ 5,000 a week + air it's just too steep.

    If you can get an active or retired guy to take you, it's $120 a day for a full day at the MWR in Seward, AK
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
  • We never got white kings out of lake Ontario. They were kind of a grey green colour
  • Looks like we should plan the next trip around Travis's schedule. Travis, I'm with you.
  • there is now a puddle of drool on my keyboard, I have had one white king and it was incredible.

    thinking about the halibut and ling, there is now a second puddle of drool on my keyboard, 

    thats it, I'm going fishing
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  • ribnrunribnrun Posts: 174
    If they don't add the dye to the farmed salmon they have lighter flesh, kinda gray. Does it taste any different? I mean, it's salmon, so it will be delicious regardless of color.
  • gte1gte1 Posts: 376
    edited September 2012
    I had white salmon at a restaurant once and it was exceptional. Maybe even a bit richer than regular salmon. My uncle used to have a house on Vancouver island and we would go up and catch kings every year. Pretty much all the dungeness crab you wanted right off his dock also. Talk about eating like a king. I really miss that place.
  • Well, last evening I created a smorgasbord of Alaskan flavor. I grilled the white king salmon fillet and a silver salmon fillet on an alder plank with an alder chunk; raging river and maple syrup. At the same time I pan seared ling cod and yellow eye fillets. It was way too much for my wife and I and 2 guests...but it was so delicious that only 3 small pieces were left. None of the white was left The white king was probably the best fish in this old guys lifetime. I think it was the only package of white I brought home.
  • Pictures??? Sounds incredible.
  • OutcastOutcast Posts: 112
    I keep wanting to try Salmon, but everytime I start to reach for it I remember moms "salmon patties" from a canned fish-like substance.  One of these days I'm going to break through the barrier.
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