Alaska Seafood

A recent visit to Juneau reminded me how fortunate Alaskan’s are to have such an abundance of fresh, local seafood available to us.  In Juneau for meetings, I had the opportunity to splurge on Alaskan king crab, Alaska salmon kabobs, and salmon cakes.   One of my favorite restaurants in Juneau is The Twisted Fish – it specializes in Alaska seafood and is popular with both locals and visitors.  As a result of my trip to Juneau, I have fresh enthusiasm for including Alaska seafood in meal plans this winter.

Returning to Anchorage, I took a poll around the office asking what they think the best seafood restaurants are around the State, so if you are visiting Alaska be sure to check out some of these restaurants our staff themselves seek out when they want fresh Alaskan seafood:

Anchorage:      Simon & Seafort’s
Juneau:              Twisted Fish
Fairbanks:        Pikes Landing
Skagway:           The Fish Company
Seward:             Resurrection Roadhouse
Talkeetna:        Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

Not planning on visiting Alaska until next summer?  Well Alaskan’s are proud of their seafood and many of Alaska’s best lodge and restaurant chef’s share their recipes on the web.  Last week, I was looking for a new salmon recipe to use on the barbeque and I recalled how much I enjoyed the salmon dinner I had last summer when I visited Waterfall Resort on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska so I checked out their website to see if they happen to post any recipes.  Sure enough, the salmon recipe was listed on their website.  The recipe seemed easy enough to follow and sure enough my family, including the kids, loved it. I’d recommend it to you as well.

Grilled Coho Alaska Salmon
Ingredients
1 Coho fillet with skin on
2 Tbsp. Butter, diced
2 Tbsp. Brown sugar
½ Lemon
½ C Vermouth
Salt & Pepper to taste
Foil to cover bottom of Salmon

Directions:
Heat BBQ Grill to medium high. Place Salmon fillet, skin down, on top of foil. Turn up edges of foil. Salt and Pepper top of fish. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the Salmon. Place butter on top of sugar. Pick up foil with Salmon and put on the middle of BBQ grill. Put Vermouth around fillet. Lastly, squeeze lemon over Coho Salmon. Close lid and grill until Salmon flakes. About 10 minutes per 1 inch thickness of your fillet. Serve immediately.

A family favorite of ours is Alaskan Halibut, but honestly, I have a tendency to overcook it on the barbeque.    So instead of barbequing it, we bake it using our own family Halibut Olympia recipe:

Susan’s Halibut Olympia
1 lb halibut Fillets
1 c. mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup chopped onions
1 cup bread crumbs
A “dash” of dill

Directions: Thaw Halibut, drain and then dip in bread crumbs.  Place in greased baking dish.  Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and onions.  Spread over fish.  Sprinkle with remaining bread crumbs and dill.  Bake at 500 for 20 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.  Easy!

For additional Alaska seafood recipes or if you want to learn more about Alaska seafood, a good resource to check out is the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

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