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Tips for buying and cooking salmon

Updated on June 20, 2009

How to buy Salmon?

Salmon is king of fish oil. All fish have fats called omega-3s, but salmon is one of the richest sources. You should know how to buy Salmon at the seafood market to pick out the best salmon out there. Omega-3s are major players in the prevention of heart problems and may help with controlling inflammatory problems like arthritis. Salmon is an excellent source of many vitamins and super healthy fish oil. Farmed salmon has a rich, fatty texture, while wild salmon has a leaner texture and a more complex flavor. You can buy salmon whole, a whole side, or cut into fillets or into steaks.


Salmon are found in both the atlantic and pacific oceans, with a record weight of 100 pounds. They have been part of the human diet for centuries, and play a powerful role in the mythology of many western native american nations. Salmon are members of the salmonidae family of fishes. Here are some tips for buying and cooking salmon that hopefully you will find useful during your next shopping trip.

Salmon buying tips
Salmon buying tips

Tips for buying Salmon:

When you buy the whole salmon you can check the eyes to look for freshness. To check the eyes you want to look to see if they are clear and the colors are deep black and not milky and sunken into the eye socket. Also check the skin color. The skin is the best indicator of freshness. It should be shiny and silver. Another thing, the flesh shouldn't be flaking apart in apparent holes, a sign of aging. When you buy farm raised salmon you will notice a lighter red or almost pink colour in comparison to wild salmon.

How to cook Salmon?

A salmon dish is considered not only nutritional but also a natural item on the menu of today’s health conscious consumers. You can cook salmon in many ways. You can cook salmon by baking, steaming, pan frying, poaching and broiling. You should keep salmon in the coldest part of refrigerator.

Salmon recipe

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