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Copper River Salmon

Posted on: May 25th, 2023

The Copper River is the birthplace of three wild Alaskan salmon species. These salmon live as adults in the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean eating small crustaceans and zooplankton. Every year (May – September) king, sockeye, and coho return to the Copper River to make the arduous 300-mile migration up the turbulent waters in order to spawn. Since the Copper River is so long and steep (an average elevation of 12 feet per mile), these fish must pack on sufficient fat reserves to fuel their epic journey. As a result, they are rich in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and flavorful oils. The fish’s distinct regional DNA and life cycle yield the world’s finest salmon and that is why you’ll find it at all Tony’s locations!

The Journey of Copper River Salmon

King Salmon

King Salmon
King Salmon run through May and June.
Their average weight is 20 lbs. (range 20-50 lbs.).
Prized for its exceptionally high oil content, succulent texture and rich flavor, this luxury fish literally melts in your mouth. Also known as Chinook, this fish is the largest of the three species and boasts the highest oil content of the three species. Let its natural flavor shine simply with salt, pepper and olive oil.
Nutrition Info
Serving Size: 7 oz. • Calories: 560 • Fat:26g • Protein: 52g • Omega-3: 3400mg

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon BIG FLAVOR, LONG SEASON Sockeye Salmon run through May, June, and July. Their average weight is 6 lbs (range 4-6 lbs.). Also known as Red salmon, sockeye is robust and rich in flavor with a firm texture that makes it versatile for any cooking method. Famous for its natural deep red flesh, sockeye is the most abundant species in the Copper River Delta. A summer BBQ favorite. Nutrition Info Serving Size: 7 oz. • Calories: 440 • Fat: 22g • Protein: 54g • Omega-3: 2400mg

Every year, from May to September, a remarkable spectacle unfolds in the Copper River. King, sockeye, and coho salmon return to their birthplace after a long journey through the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean. Their migration covers 300 miles of treacherous waters, where they battle against strong currents and steep elevations. This arduous journey sets this salmon apart, as these resilient creatures pack on vital fat reserves to fuel their heroic voyage.

The Distinctive Flavor of Copper River Salmon

Its unparalleled flavor profile sets Copper River Salmon apart from the rest. The fish’s demanding journey and distinct regional DNA contribute to its exceptional taste. These salmon are known for their rich, succulent flesh, infused with flavorful oils that melt in your mouth. Each bite reveals the harmonious balance of buttery textures and delicate yet robust flavors.

Copper River Salmon is a Nutritional Powerhouse

Beyond its delectable taste, this fish is bursting with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, it offers many health benefits. These essential fatty acids contribute to brain health, reduce inflammation, and support cardiovascular wellness. Experiencing this fish is a culinary delight and an intelligent choice for a balanced and nourishing diet.sockeye salmon product photo 8

The Rarity

Due to the limited supply and the challenges these resilient salmon face on their journey, they are a true delicacy. Its availability is fleeting, making it a sought-after gem for seafood enthusiasts. Thankfully, Tony’s locations have 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. 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 savor this culinary gem and embrace the unrivaled taste of Copper River Salmon. Visit Tony’s locations today and immerse yourself in the epitome of seafood perfection.

For more information visit Copper River’s website.

Cooked Salmon FilletTry This Recipe!


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!


  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 to cook the copper river salmon to 145°Internal Temperature).

  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!

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