Bristol Bay, Alaska, had a record-breaking wild sockeye season. Now the fish are available in the lower 48, direct from the fishery.
Bristol Bay, an arm of the Bering Sea between Alaska and Siberia, is known for seasonal sockeye salmon runs, and this year’s harvest was the largest in 125 years, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. (Other salmon areas in the state have not done as well this season). The wild sockeye, known for their deep red color, are sustainably caught, carefully handled on the boats, frozen and sold in 20-pound lots — either filleted sides of about 1.5 pounds each ($16.99 a pound) or individual 5- to 7-ounce portions ($17.99 a pound). Prices include shipping, in coolers. Kept frozen, the salmon is good for up to a year. Consider the succulent fish not just for many dinners but also for gift-giving or buying as a group to share.
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**Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.