Salmon fishing in Alaska is a significant tradition and industry synonymous with the Last Frontier. You may enjoy one or all five types of Alaskan salmon at home, but there’s nothing like indulging in king, coho, sockeye, pink, or chum directly from the source.
Whether you want to splurge for a fine dining experience, cook salmon in your own kitchen, or fish for it right out of the Copper River, there’s no wrong way to explore this culinary delight. Here are a few ways we love to eat Alaskan salmon.
Rod & Reel Restaurant
Located inside Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge in Cooper Landing, Rod & Reel offers delicious food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Feast on beautiful plates like pan-seared salmon with mushroom risotto or dig into a bowl of wild Alaskan salmon chowder. Sip a glass of wine from their cellar as you warm up next to the elegant fireplace and enjoy the pristine view of the Kenai River and Mount Cecil Rhodes. Although the menu is upscale, the environment is more casual and welcome to all. Don’t miss this favorite spot of both tourists and locals.
Solstice Bar & Grill
After taking in all the sites that downtown Anchorage has to offer, stop into the Solstice Bar & Grill for a satisfying dinner of wild Alaska sockeye salmon with jumbo shrimp and mushroom potato hash. Or you could choose Solstice as the jumping off point for your night on the town and start it off with some traditional wild Alaska smoked salmon chowder. As the signature restaurant of the Westmark Hotel, Solstice Bar & Grill is the perfect location in the heart of everything downtown Anchorage has to offer.
King Salmon Restaurant
While taking in the pristine wilderness of Denali National Park, savor Alaska’s most famous fish at the King Salmon Restaurant, part of the Denali Princess Lodge. The park itself serves as a stunning backdrop to your dining experience, so you’re never missing a moment of the beauty it has to offer. Open for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant serves various traditional Alaskan cuisine, including signature salmon dishes that visitors can’t get enough of. From chimichurri grilled salmon to fireweed salmon salad, there is no shortage of delectable choices on the menu.
Salmon Fishing on the Copper River
Perhaps you prefer the thrill of being out on the water to catch your own Alaskan salmon rather than eating it in the comfort of a restaurant. What better way to enjoy the world-famous Copper River salmon than straight from the source? Add some adventure to your dining experience and catch your own salmon instead. Rent some fishing gear and get out on the river to grab your very own 5 – 70-pound king or sockeye. There’s nothing like grilling up a fresh piece of salmon that you pulled out of the river on your own. You can even arrange to have your salmon packed and shipped if you’d like to share it as a gift. Remember that a fishing license is required, and you should make sure you understand the regulations when you purchase it.
10th & M Seafoods
If getting up close and personal with Alaskan salmon via a fishing excursion is too much for you, there is always the option of buying fresh salmon at one of Alaska’s many seafood markets. One local favorite is 10th & M Seafoods which has two convenient Anchorage locations to choose from: downtown and Muldoon. 10th & M Seafoods has been providing the area with fresh-off-the-boat fish and fish processing services since 1943. The city has grown considerably around the store for the last 75 years, but it still sells the same great quality wild king, sockeye, and coho salmon that Alaska is known for. Pick up some fresh fillets to cook a special dinner at home, or grab some frozen, canned, or smoked salmon for later. You could even get creative and smoke your own salmon.
Is your mouth watering yet? Consider a lodge or hotel job that puts you in the middle of the best Alaskan salmon, perhaps even training you to prepare it. Take a look at our current job openings to see what opportunities await.