How to Buy Wild Salmon at the Store


You might already know this, but wild salmon loaded with heart-healthy and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, is considered to be one of the most beneficial and nutritious foods to add to your dinner plate.

But when you go to the grocery store, you might be a bit confused about which kind of salmon to pick, considering there are so many different ways salmon is described and labeled. That’s why we have created this brief guide for you, that explains all the terms used for salmon, helping you choose the best one for you and your family.

Wild-Caught vs Line Caught

Wild-caught means that it got caught in an uncontrolled environment. Line-caught or troll-caught means that a traditional hook and rod was used to catch the fish.

Line-caught or wild-caught salmon usually carry a higher price tag against them, because they are fresher, and have a more optimal nutritional makeup. They are better for you, and thus, one of the better choices in the grocery store.

Alaskan Salmon vs Pacific Salmon

Whenever you see a label like Alaskan or Pacific salmon, it means that this is the location where the fish was caught.

Farm-Raised or Sustainably Farmed vs Wild Salmon

Wild salmon is the same as wild-caught, which means that it was bred in the wild and caught by traditional means. The term ‘farmed’, on the other hand, means the salmon was grown on a fish farm, using chemicals and other nontraditional artificial means.

This doesn’t mean that all farmed salmon is bad. There are some farms today which have developed technology that makes farming safe, sustainable, and also good for the consumer.

Frozen vs Fresh

If you live next to Maine, Alaska, or Oregon, you will want to get fresh salmon, as you have access to never-frozen freshly caught salmon being so close to the ocean. Otherwise, frozen would be better.

Also, pay attention to the flesh of the salmon. Touch and smell the fresh fish and if the flesh springs back and doesn’t smell fishy, then it’s a quality piece of salmon.

The salmon should look thick, moist, and free of any bruises or spots. Think of buying individual fillets if you are cooking for yourself or your family. If you have friends or guests over, then think about getting a whole side of salmon and dividing it into portions after roasting it.

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Now You Are Ready to Go Grocery Shopping for Salmon

With all the different labels clear cut in your head, you are ready to go to the grocery store and get a wild salmon fillet to cook for dinner. Not only is salmon nutritious, but it’s also so delicious! You can serve with a wide variety of sides and sauces, as well.

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Sheri Gill

The author Sheri Gill