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Shipping Update***PLEASE READ

We are experiencing an unprecedented order volume. The last weeks have seen more sales than the busiest holiday shopping weeks. Though we get no joy that these are the circumstances that are bringing us so much business both from longtime and new customers, we are glad that you put your trust in us.

We are doing our best working overtime to ship orders out in a timely manner. But nevertheless, we are behind. And some of you have experienced order delays during the past week or two. We apologize.

Please note that we are fishing. We have fish to sell and we are NOT short of fish. However, the supply chain is what is slowing us down. It takes time to portion, box, kit items, and get them to the appropriate shipping hub for shipment. Our shipping team is working as hard as possible to get orders out in a timely manner and we are getting orders out.

We are doing the following to make things as smooth as possible:

We are shipping orders out as best we can in a first-in, first-out order, though prioritizing orders in 2 and 3-day zones.

We are eliminating our 6-pack and 12-pack canned item options, as these take our shipping teams more time to kit. Please just order the full cases of our canned tuna and canned ivory king salmon. These are shelf-stable items and you get the best price per pound in the full case options. And they are delicious–we have been enjoying lunches with the canned tuna and canned salmon. **Also, if placing orders for both canned items and frozen items, please place separate orders. There is a manual adjustment we have to do on our end to split frozen and canned orders, and this extra adjustment in the shipping computer just adds to delays.

We are also asking that you email rather than call. It takes 5-10 times longer to help you via phone versus email. So we’d really prefer that you email us. We will get back to you ASAP with the most current information.

Once again, we are getting orders out. But please temper your expectations on when you will receive orders.

Lastly, we appreciate your support of American fishermen and USA-produced seafood. We will all need each other’s support during these times.

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Fill Your Freezer Bulk Discounts

Frozen Seafood Delivered

We offer a coupon for large orders of our wild seafood. Get 15% off orders of $700 or more. Many of our customers take advantage of the cost savings of ordering 10 or 20 pounds of our more of our Alaska Gold Salmon, Halibut, Black Cod, and more.

Use the following code:

AKGold_Bulk

Alaska Gold Seafood is caught with pride by the fishermen-owners of Seafood Producers Cooperative. As a co-op we have efficiencies gained from fishermen working together to produce a spectacular product. We pass on the cost savings to you. We’re happy to help.

Get your neighbors, co-workers together to put together large orders to get price savings.

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Flash Frozen Wild Seafood

Blind taste tests have shown that frozen fish many times taste better than “fresh, never frozen” fish. A recent blind taste test with Oregon State University, Ecotrust, and Seafood Analytics, a firm that has developed a Certified Quality Seafood Recording (CQR) device that uses an electric current to measure freshness, allowed home consumers to compare “fresh” and “frozen” seafood. According to Ecotrust, the results were telling: “not only did consumers prefer the frozen fish, but the flash-frozen products also rated higher in quality and freshness, as measured by the CQR.”

Flash-Frozen Seafood Rated Highest over non-frozen seafood

Our co-op sells a good amount of its fish to restaurants and retailers fresh, never frozen, yet we sell a larger amount of our fish frozen because more and more buyers understand that frozen fish, when handled correctly, can be “fresher than fresh.” Because the headaches in logistics are made much simpler once a fish is frozen, frozen fish also has a much smaller carbon footprint than a fresh fish. What’s essential is starting with a fresh, high-quality product. Line-caught salmon, for example, are harvested on the open ocean when the salmon are in their peak state. Our line-caught fish is handled One Fish At A Time. Properly cutting and gutting the fish is also really important. Pressure bleeding the fish with a micro-pipette also makes a big difference. The Alaska Gold Difference is paying attention to all of these details–catch method, landing method, cuts, bleeding, sanitation, state of the art freezing technologies. We take great pride in the quality of our seafood.

In the past, before on-board refrigeration, the quality of seafood quickly declined once the fish was landed. Many harvesters would reserve their older fish to be canned or frozen. Results were unappetizing at best. Unsurprisingly, frozen seafood gained a negative stigma with consumers and chefs requesting never-been-frozen seafood. But that is not the case with the state-of-the-art freezing process employed by our co-op and other Alaska seafood processors. Flash frozen seafood has become the best option.

We wish more consumers would realize that frozen fish is superior to “fresh never frozen” fish. With freezing technologies and good vigilance, frozen fish can be kept for quite some time. Also, it’s really disappointing when fishermen walk by the seafood department in the supermarket and watch (and smell) fish dying. Smart consumers are seeing that fish in the frozen case can be many times “fresher” than what’s in the “fresh” case. There’s no hard and fast rule—a fish’s quality is going to depend on a number of factors. Firstly, you have to start with a good fish. Catch methods, boat sanitation, processing methods, freezing methods, temperature control, all play an important role in the quality of the fish. There are frozen fish that have been out of the water for three years that can be much better than what you get in a “fresh” case at the supermarket.

Another reason that frozen fish is superior to “fresh, not frozen” fish is the fact that one-quarter of fish in supermarkets and restaurants is wasted. 1/4 of fish caught means very roughly 2.2 billion pounds of fish per year or to put it in salmon terms, very roughly 200 million salmon, is literally wasted. If you care about sustainable seafood management, consider the many pros of frozen fish. In addition to being less prone to spoilage, blind taste tests reveal that frozen fish many times tastes better than “fresh, never frozen” fish.

Q: Does fish have an expiration date? When is the best time to order?

As noted in the answer to the previous question, many times the fresh-frozen seafood that we sell is much better than “fresh never frozen” seafood. Those of us in the office take home our fish year-round and we don’t have a preference for having the fish at one time or another. Don’t take it from us. Take it from our customers. Here are a couple of reviews from customers:

“We live on the Oregon coast and have been buying fresh salmon locally off the fishing boats. Then we go to all the effort of cleaning them ourselves, deboning, and vacuum packing in individual servings. The salmon was not guaranteed to be “same day” and may be a few days old. We haven’t been pleased with the taste and quality. The Alaska Gold Coho is PERFECT! The method of processing and freezing so quickly preserves the great flavor. And having them cleaned, de-boned, and vacuum packed in individual serving portions is so convenient! The 2-day shipping brought a box to the house that was absolutely freezing when I opened it. Colder than my deep freezer! All I had to do was unpack, put them in the deep freeze and voila’! I was all done! The salmon is just the best…..will be ordering on a regular basis.”

“In June 2018 I ordered 30 pounds of coho fillets. I was concerned because I knew they were the prior years’s catch and I worried that the fish might be freezer burned or dry or just too old. I called and was told that the catch was from late fall 2017 and should be fine. I decided to take a chance, and am I ever glad I did. Each time I open a defrosted vacuum-packed fillet, I am delighted at the fresh taste and firm texture. Simply delicious!”

Flash-frozen seafood being prepared by fishermen.
“Awful cold down here at 40 below,” say the deck hands.

There is no printed expiration date on our fish. The frozen fish we offer for sale on our website has been blast frozen. It is stored at -10 F or below in a commercial freezer. Stored at this temperature with no temperature changes, some claim that the fish will be fine to eat in two, even three years. What will ruin the quality of a fish isn’t time but temperature change. Which is why we recommend eating the frozen fish within 3 to 6 months to be safe. Most people open and close their freezer doors frequently or may not have their freezer set at its coldest setting. If there are frequent temperature changes in your freezer, we recommend eating the fish within 2-3 months. When we sell our fish wholesale to Europe, we put an expiration date 2 years after harvest date. When shipped and stored with care at proper temperatures, the fish should last a long time. However, we find our fish so tasty that it doesn’t last too long in our freezers.

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Alaska Gold Halibut with Lemon Dressing Recipe

Alaska Halibut with Lemon Dressing Recipe Close-up shot plated.
Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood.

Ingredients:

4 Alaska Gold Halibut portions, thawed
6 Tablespoons butter, divided
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 large lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 sprigs lemon thyme (or ½ teaspoon dried thyme)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green part only), sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
5 to 6 oz. baby spinach leaves
2 Tablespoons dry white wine or vegetable broth

Instructions:

Heat broiler/oven to medium-high heat (450°F).

Rinse any ice glaze from frozen Alaska Gold Halibut portions under cold water; pat dry with paper towel. 

Arrange halibut portions on a spray-coated or foil lined baking sheet.  Broil 5 to 7 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes.  Remove fish from oven, and place 1/2 tablespoon butter on top of each fillet.  Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper.  Return to oven and cook an or 4 to 6 minutes for fresh/thawed fish. Cook just until fish is opaque throughout.

While the halibut is cooking, add remaining butter to a saucepan with the lemon zest, remaining lemon juice and mustard. Heat gently, whisking until melted, then add the thyme. Keep warm.

Heat the olive oil in a wok or large pan; cook the leeks and zucchini over medium heat until soft. Add the spinach and wine or broth, stirring until the leaves have wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Serve the halibut and vegetables, pouring the warm lemon and thyme dressing over fillets.

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Sockeye Salmon and Astaxanthin

It’s difficult to pick a favorite salmon from all the line-caught wild salmon that Alaska Gold Seafood offers. All are great sources of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids and all are delicious. Wild Salmon truly is nature’s perfect protein!

Our Alaska Gold Coho Salmon is mild, clean-tasting, and grills well. Our Alaska Gold King Salmon is big and rich with a luscious flake. Our Alaska Gold Keta Salmon is also mild with a faint and pleasant earthy flavor that is easy to blend with a wide range of recipes. Our Alaska Gold Sockeye Salmon is bold in flavor and loaded with vitamin D and astaxanthin. 

Well, wait, what is astaxanthin?


In short, astaxanthin is the orange-red antioxidant pigment produced by marine algae, in part to protect their DNA from sunlight-induced damage. The benefits of astaxanthin go up the ocean food chain, first from small plankton and algae-eating crustaceans such as shrimp and krill, and then to wild Alaska salmon that eat these creatures while roaming the oceans.

Recent studies show that astaxanthin…

* inhibits cancer growth

*reduces inflammation

*prevents heart and liver damage

*reduces cholesterol levels

Additionally, researchers believe astaxanthin can improve endurance, enhance skin appearance, increase immune response, as well as reduce risk factors for heart disease.

Sockeye Salmon with Astaxanthin Infographic.

All salmon have flesh that is white at birth, but gradually turns orange-red as they continuously consume astaxanthin-rich crustaceans. Wild Alaska Salmon – such as our sockeye salmon, king salmon, coho salmon, and keta salmon – are some of the richest food sources of astaxanthin. And sockeye salmon, because its diet leans heavily on krill and plankton, is particularly rich in astaxanthin.

But on top of the astaxanthin, sockeye salmon is a spectacular source of protein and excellent source of vitamin B12 and vitamin D, in addition to the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids so craved by many wild salmon fans.

Sockeye salmon has a bolder flavor than our milder coho salmon and keta salmon, for example. We find that because sockeye salmon is more flavor-forward, sockeye salmon pairs well with more upfront flavors. We recommend this Alaska Gold Sockeye Salmon with Chipotle Honey Glaze Recipe. Or this Mustard Maple Sockeye Salmon with Roasted Vegetables Recipe.

What makes our Alaska Gold Sockeye special is that are caught on hook and line, caught on hook and line. These line-caught sockeye salmon are specially handled with the same One Hook One Fish philosophy with which we approach our famous king salmon and coho salmon and will be some of the finest salmon you’ve had.

Give these recipes a shot as we have our Alaska Gold Sockeye Salmon on sale right now as part of our American Heart Month Sale, which also includes our Rockfish, Sablefish, and more.

Benefits of Seafood and Omega-3s
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Mustard Maple Sockeye Salmon with Roasted Vegetables

Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood

Here is a wild Alaska salmon recipe that can be cooked from frozen or thawed portions. The mustard pairs particularly well with our Alaska Gold sockeye salmon, but will work with any of the wild salmon we offer.

Ingredients:

Wild Alaska Sockeye SALMON:

Alaska sockeye salmon portions, frozen or thawed

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons maple syrup

2 Tablespoons Dijon-style mustard

1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning

2 garlic cloves, minced

VEGETABLES:

4 to 6 peanut potatoes  (about 4 oz.), washed and cut into pieces

2 medium zucchini, thick-sliced

2 medium yellow carrots, peeled and sliced

2 medium orange carrots, peeled and sliced

1 kohlrabi (about 8 oz.), peeled and cubed

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper

Ingredients:

VEGETABLES:

Preheat oven to 450°F.  Place cut vegetables in a large zip-top bag; add oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper.  Seal bag; turn bag over several times to coat.  Spread vegetables evenly onto a large baking sheet.  Roast in oven for 15 minutes.

SALMON:

1. While vegetables are roasting, whisk olive oil, maple syrup, mustard, poultry seasoning and garlic in a small bowl. 

2. Rinse fillets under cold running water to remove any ice glaze.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Coat salmon with mustard-maple mixture.

3. Remove baking sheet from oven; turn vegetables over with spatula, then move vegetables closer together, making room to add salmon.

4. Place fillets on sheet; return to oven.  Cook additional 15 minutes for frozen salmon or 10 to 12 minutes for thawed, just until salmon is opaque throughout.

5. To serve, portion one-fourth of the vegetables with a salmon fillet.

Recipe by Bruce Bush, Bushes Bunches Farm, Palmer, Alaska. Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood.

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Sablefish with Ginger-Lime Sauce Recipe

Sablefish with ginger-lime sauce recipe close-up.
Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood

Ingredients:

Alaska Sablefish:
4 Sablefish portions

1⁄2 cucumber, unpeeled
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
6 small cloves garlic, uncut
1 cup Ginger-Lime Dipping Sauce (see recipe)

Ginger-Lime Dipping Suace: (Makes about 1 cup)
1 tsp. garlic, chopped
1 serrano chile, chopped
3 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. ginger, minced
1⁄4 cup fish sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
3 tbsp. water

Instructions:

Place the garlic, chiles, sugar and ginger in a mortar and pound into a paste. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add the fish sauce, lime juice and water. Set aside 15 minutes before serving.

Seed cucumber and cut into long, thin strips about the thickness of angel hair pasta. Add cucumber slices to Ginger-Lime Dipping Sauce and set aside.

Heat vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook fillets until golden and just done, 2 to 3 minutes depending on the thickness. Halfway into the cooking, add whole garlic cloves and cook until soft. Remove fillets and garlic and drain on paper towels.

To Serve: Arrange fillet on serving plate. Scatter cooked garlic cloves on top. Remove cucumbers from Dipping Sauce and neatly place on fillet. Drizzle some sauce over top and serve the remainder on the side.

RECIPE COURTESY of Alaska Seafood and Chef Mai Pham, Lemon Grass Restaurant

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Alaska Rockfish Tacos Recipe

Rockfish tacos with tortilla chips, salsa, beans and radishes.
Bear Tooth Rockfish Tacos. Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood.

This recipe is inspired by Alaska’s Bear Tooth Grill and Alaska Seafood. Bear Tooth’s executive chef Natalie Janicka recommends cooking the fish hot and fast on the grill, under a broiler, or in a hot saute pan.

Ingredients:

8 oz. Hefeweizen beer

24 oz. colorado sauce (roasted chiles and tomatoes, store-bought enchilada sauce works)

1 pound Rockfish Fillets

8 (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas

1 1/2 to 2 c. mixed cooked beans (pinto and black)

Garnishes: chopped Alaska grown romaine lettuce, sliced Alaska grown radishes, sour cream, guacamole, salsa

Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions:

Combine beer and colorado sauce in a large bowl.

Add rockfish fillets and coat fish all over with marinade.

Let sit in marinade at least 10 minutes.

Heat broiler to high.

Remove fish from marinade and place on a baking sheet or broiler pan.

Broil on high, about 5 minutes, or until just cooked through. To serve, place beans in tortillas, top with cod and garnish as desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

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American Heart Month. How Seafood Helps Promote Heart Health

Every year 610,000 people die from heart disease, the leading cause of death. Studies show that seafood consumption reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.

One of the primary reasons that seafood, especially fatty fish such as wild Alaska salmon and sablefish, has been shown to reduce heart disease issues is because of the high content of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), particularly in fatty fish like wild salmon and sablefish.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a part of every cell in our bodies, particularly in the cells of our eyes, heart and brain. The higher the combined dietary intake of EPA and DHA, especially from seafood, the lower the risk of fatal heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are high quality fats that are critical components of our diets. Fatty fish such as wild salmon and sablefish contain heart-healthy fats, such as unsaturated fat. This unsaturated fat is necessary for the absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins such A, E, D and K. Without fat, these nutrients are poorly assimilated by the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids dramatically lower the triglycerides in blood, thus reducing risk of heart disease. In addition, high levels of EPA and DHA help increase blood levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, also reducing risk of heart disease and heart failure.

Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation infographic

Chronic, low-grade inflammation has been found to be an underlying cause in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, depression and heart disease. Inflammation comes from poor diet and being sedentary, among other factors. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the risk of inflammation.

To combat all these problems, Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association both recommend at least two servings of fish per week, preferably fatty fish such as our Alaska Gold Wild Salmon and Sablefish.

Complimenting seafood with plant-based diets, such as a Mediterranean-type diet have been shown again and again to be the best prevention of chronic disease and the best way to promote overall health. Consuming fatty fish along with plants rich in vitamins A, E and K, such as green leafy vegetables, creates a synergistic effect. Combining wild Alaska seafood that has a higher fat content such as our wild king salmon, wild sockeye salmon or sablefish along with foods high in vitamin A such as bell peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots or broccoli helps your body absorb vitamin A and vitamin E. Check out this teriyaki-braised Alaska sablefish with colorful vegetables recipe.

Seafood is best source of Omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA from Seafood infographic

Along with staying active, keeping heart-healthy seafood as part of your routine is a key to staying well.

We have our Sablefish portions, Sockeye portions, Rockfish fillets, Black Cod Bites and more ON SALE. Check out our American Heart Month Sale here.

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Blackened Alaska Rockfish with Avocado-Corn Salsa Recipe

Rockfish Recipe, Wild Alaska Rockfish
Blackened Rockfish Recipe. Photo courtesy of Alaska Seafood.

Ingredients

STICKY RICE:

1 cup short grain white rice

13/4 cup water

AVOCADO CORN SALSA:

1 small bell pepper

1 Tablespoon olive oil, divided

2 Tablespoons diced yellow onion

3/4 cup yellow corn kernels, cooked and cooled

Half of a small avocado, seeded, peeled and diced

Juice of one lime

2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

11/teaspoons ground cumin

11/teaspoons kosher salt

ROCKFISH:

1.5 pounds Rockfish Fillets

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Tablespoons Cajun-style seasoning

Instructions

STICKY RICE:

Rinse rice under cool water until water runs almost clear; drain.  Add rice and water to rice cooker; cook according to manufacturer’s directions.  Keep rice warm.

AVOCADO CORN SALSA:

1. Rub bell pepper with 1 teaspoon oil; place pepper over open flame on stove top or grill.  Cook until skin is blistered and charred, about 3 minutes per side.  Place pepper in a bowl; cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Allow to rest 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, cook onion in remaining olive oil over medium heat until onion is transparent.  Allow to cool.

3. Rinse and rub off charred skin from bell pepper.   Dice one quarter of the roasted pepper, reserving the remainder for another use.  Add pepper to a small bowl; stir in onion, corn, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, cumin and salt. Set aside, or refrigerate until serving.

ROCKFISH:

Heat cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add oil.  Dredge Alaska Rockfish in seasoning; gently place fillets in skillet.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, just until rockfish is opaque throughout.

For each serving, place 1/2 cup sticky rice in the center of each of 4 plates; stack rockfish fillet on rice.  Spoon one-fourth of the salsa over all.

Recipe developed by Chef Tim Farley, Williwaw, Alaska.