Smoked Sockeye Salmon Strips (Summer Catch)

NOTE: Due to a hectic sockeye season, we switched to coho for our smoked salmon. Coho is just as delicious, if not more so, than sockeye––I know you will love it.

I've been catching and smoking salmon for almost 3 decades. I'm really good at it. I smoked everything I sell the same way I make it for myself––with a light brine so the natural flavor of the Alaskan alder wood and sockeye salmon can stand proud on your palate. 

My Alaskan-style smoked salmon is lightly cured then smoked at a low temperature for 5-10 hours. Enjoy it on an appetizer platter with crackers, cheese, and fruit, or crumble it on a salad in the evening or eggs in the morning. You can also eat it right out of the package like a bear. That's what I do. I like to take a package hiking and munch it as a high protein and delicious trail snack.

If you've had lox-type salmon before, this is nothing like that. My smoked salmon has a light chew to the outside and a soft, moist interior. It will flake under a knife or break into pieces with your fingers.

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These are smoked sockeye salmon strips. I take a sockeye fillet, cut it in portions, then cut those with the grain in thick strips. Packages are about 0.75 lb. each, but can be as small as 0.50 lbs. or as large as 1 lbs. each. The skin is on the strips.

I remove the bones for you. I do occasionally miss one, but don't worry, pin bones are not dangerous.

I vacuum seal my smoked salmon in heavy 5mm bags and pack them in sturdy waxed presentation boxes. Your fresh-frozen seafood will keep in your freezer in pristine condition for at least 12 months.

Who, Where, When, & How:

  1. Who Caught It? 
    I did. Traveler Taj Terpening. My crew of 2 or 3 help out too. My Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) permit number is S04T 60089E.
  2. Where Was it Caught?
    On the Ugashik River in Western, Alaska. The town of Pilot Point is nearby (population 69). I fish at just upriver from my cabins on my Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Shore Fisheries Lease (S 09° 11" W 15222', tract A on diagram 1309). 
  3. When is it Caught?
    Sockeye return to our river in early June and run until early to mid-August. I catch most of my sockeye in Late June and through July, with a very small amount caught in early June an early August. Fishing generally opens in the first or second week of June with a period called "free week," where fishermen can fish a 5 day a week schedule. When free week ends mid-June, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) opens the fishery on a day to day basis via announcements over the radio.
  4. How was this Caught?
    My permit allows me to catch salmon by setnet, which is a style of fishing using a short net (50 fathoms) stretched from shore. I pick fish from the net by hand and immediately gill, gut, and pressure bleed each one. The salmon then rest in slush ice until I cary them up the beach to my fillet cabin for filleting, vac bagging and blast freezing. In many cases my fish are frozen within a hour or two of being caught.

Interesting smoked salmon info:

  • When I was a bear viewing guide I was once asked, "When do the smoked salmon run?" 
  • Alaskan artists Ray Troll created a wonderful piece depicting a man holding a miniature salmon between his fingers like a cigar. The caption reads, "If you're going to smoke, smoke salmon."

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