The majority of Bristol Bay’s sockeye is frozen quickly after harvest, which captures the salmon’s freshness and quality right at the source and enables you to enjoy Bristol Bay sockeye salmon all year round. Bristol Bay’s processors and fishermen work together closely to clean the sockeye as quickly as possible after catch (typically within hours of harvesting). After being cleaned, the salmon is then flash-frozen at extremely low temperatures where the salmon’s just-caught freshness and quality is locked in and preserved.
During the peak week (yes, just one week) of the run, fishermen harvest over two million sockeye salmon per day in Bristol Bay!
The bulk of the harvest happens in about six weeks total, and with harvests around 30 million fish—that's an average of nearly a million fish harvested every day! With such a large amount of fish being caught in such a short period of time in such a remote and pristine wilderness, fishermen rely on high-quality freezing methods to preserve freshness and quality.
Frozen Bristol Bay sockeye salmon brings convenience and year-round availability to savvy cooks and seafood markets. Health conscious cooks who like to stock their freezers and pantries with high-quality wholesome products can purchase frozen sockeye during their weekly shopping trips and then pull that product out of their home freezer as needed during the week, saving time and adding ease of preparation and healthier choices in daily menu planning.
TIPS FOR DEFROSTING
For best results when defrosting a frozen portion or fillet, thaw the salmon for 8 to 10 hours under refrigeration. If time is tight, an alternative method of defrosting is to put the salmon, still in its vacuum packaging, under cold running water for about 15 minutes. Remove the packaging and proceed with your cooking method.
COOK IT FROZEN®
A fabulous option for using frozen seafood without defrosting beforehand, the Cook It Frozen method involves rinsing the ice glaze off the fish before cooking, coating with oil, proceeding with the cooking method and simply cooking a little longer until the salmon is cooked to desired doneness. Find out more about the Cook it Frozen method.