Copper River King Salmon

Posted on: May 25th, 2023

The Copper River is the birthplace of three wild Alaskan salmon species. These salmon reside as adults in the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean, feasting on tiny crustaceans and zooplankton. Every year, between May and September, king, sockeye, and coho salmon return to the Copper River to embark on a challenging 300-mile migration against the turbulent waters to spawn. The Copper River’s lengthy and steep path, with an average elevation of 12 feet per mile, requires these fish to accumulate ample fat reserves to sustain their extraordinary journey. Consequently, they are abundant in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and flavorful oils. The unique regional DNA and life cycle of these fish produce the world’s finest salmon, which is why you can find it at all Tony’s locations!

The Journey of Copper River Salmon

From May to September, a mesmerizing spectacle unfolds in the Copper River. King, sockeye, and coho salmon return to their birthplace after a long voyage through the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean. Along their migration, they conquer 300 miles of treacherous waters, battling against strong currents and steep elevations. This arduous journey sets these salmon apart, as these resilient creatures accumulate vital fat reserves to fuel their heroic expedition.

The Distinctive Flavor of Copper River Salmon

What sets Copper River Salmon apart is its unparalleled flavor profile. The demanding journey and unique regional DNA of these salmon contribute to their exceptional taste. Renowned for their succulent flesh, these salmon are infused with flavorful oils that melt in your mouth. Each bite unveils a harmonious balance of buttery textures and delicate yet robust flavors.

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Copper River Salmon is a Nutritional Powerhouse

Beyond its delectable taste, this fish is a nutritional powerhouse abundant in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, offering numerous health benefits. These essential fatty acids enhance brain health, reduce inflammation, and support cardiovascular wellness. Indulging in this fish is both a culinary delight and an intelligent choice for a balanced and nourishing diet.

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The Rarity

Due to the limited supply and the challenges faced by these resilient salmon during their journey, they are a true delicacy. Their availability is fleeting, making them a sought-after gem for seafood enthusiasts. Thankfully, Tony’s locations have carefully curated a selection of this culinary treasure, ensuring that discerning palates can experience the pinnacle of seafood excellence.


Copper River Salmon is a testament to the wonders of nature and the craftsmanship of our planet’s diverse ecosystems. Its remarkable journey, distinctive flavor profile, and health benefits make it a delicacy worth savoring. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or someone looking to elevate your culinary experience, this salmon promises an unforgettable dining adventure. Take advantage of the opportunity to indulge in this culinary gem and embrace the unrivaled taste of Copper River Salmon. Visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill today and immerse yourself in the epitome of seafood perfection.

For more information, visit Copper River’s website.

Cooked Salmon Fillet Try This Recipe!


  • 1 pound fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon fillet
  • 4 TBS Full Boar Garden Barn & River Rub
  • Lemon wedges, for serving.

Note to the customer: Fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is delicious when cooked just until it’s opaque and flakes easily. Be careful not to overcook it, as it can become dry. Keep an eye on the cooking time and check for doneness using a fork. Enjoy the moist and flavorful salmon!

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  1. Preheat your grill or oven to medium-high heat.
  2. Pat the Sockeye Salmon fillet dry with paper towels. Brush the olive oil evenly over both sides of the fillet.
  3. Sprinkle the Full Boar dry rub mixture generously over the salmon, ensuring it covers the entire surface.
  4. If using a grill: Grease the grill grates to prevent sticking. Place the salmon fillet directly on the grill, skin-side down. Close the lid and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

If using an oven: Place the salmon fillet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Note to the customer: Remember to keep a close eye on the cooking time and check for doneness. The salmon should be opaque and flake easily when tested with a fork. (FDA recommends cooking the Copper River salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F).

  1. Once the salmon is cooked to perfection, remove it from the grill or oven and let it rest for a few minutes.
  2. Serve the Fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, rice, or a fresh salad.

Enjoy the flavorful Fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, taking care not to overcook it and preserve its moist texture!