Last Saturday, June 19, SM Seafood dropped the price on filet Chinook (King) Salmon from the Copper River. Previous Friday I called Lester at LA Fish Co. downtown, not a fun person to deal with. He says people usually just hang up the phone after he tells them the price of the fish and that a whole fish could run 20-25lbs. He says abruptly "So do you want it or not?" I tell him it depends if the price has dropped seeing that we are going into a rather long 5-week season this year. He tells me to call him back at 11:30 and he'll give me a price. I don't bother, did not care for the attitude.
Saturday morning I speak to the manager, Martin, at SM Seafood (unknowledgeable saleswoman who answered the phone the day before, says only Atlantic salmon is available whole). I ask if I can get a whole CR King, and Martin says yes, and they will have it ordered for Monday pickup. Price $14/lb, compared to the $20/lb the filet is going for now. I picked up the cleaned/gutted 14lb whole fish Monday afternoon after it arrived. They asked if I wanted it descaled, but I said no thank you...the less manipulation before consumption the better.
As this was partly a gift item, I took the whole fish to Sushi Shibucho, where chef Shige Kudo quickly filleted the fish for me in a matter of minutes (nice sharp Japanese knives he has). He told me it was a very important step, if you are not going to consume that evening, to lightly salt the fish with fine grain salt. This works as a preservative, and keeps the fish from getting any 'smelly/fishy' aromas until you cook it the next evening.
Dinner at Sushi Shibucho report tomorrow, with pictures linked to; with lesson, if you can't tell the difference, don't buy CR salmon. Some of us can tell, those who eat salmon a lot.
BTW, wild troll caught Alaskan King Salmon is at $7/lb wholesale for a whole fish, while Gelson's has this for $20/lb in filets, not from the Cooper River as incorrectly stated in a prior thread from last month
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