When shopping for sockeye salmon, make sure that it says “wild-caught” fresh or flash frozen. The two most sought-after varieties of sockeye come from Bristol Bay and Copper River. Fresh sockeye can be found during it’s harvest season which can vary each year but usually runs from late spring through early summer. Sustainability is very important when purchasing sockeye as there is variability in the number of salmon that return to spawn each season. Superior Foods only sources sustainably harvested salmon that are line caught in season.
Sockeye salmon should be a vibrant red color with shiny skin. The flesh should be firm and smooth. Avoid salmon that looks like it is flaking apart or that appears feathery. Like all fish, sockeye salmon should not have that fishy smell. Once purchased, sockeye salmon can be stored refrigerated for 1 to 2 days if it is wrapped well with plastic wrap.