Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day may not technically be the first day of summer, but it certainly has become the unofficial kick off to the summer season. Traditionally, a backyard barbeque is the celebration of choice on this long weekend, but let’s face it–that can get a bit boring when it comes to what you’re cooking up. This year save the hot dogs, burgers and chicken for the 4th of July and throw some Copper River Salmon on the grill instead.

What’s Copper River Salmon and why do I need it for Memorial Day, you ask? Copper River Salmon comes from–you guessed it–the Copper River that flows in Alaska. This cold water, line caught fish is firm, has a robust, nutty flavor and is fattier and richer than other types of salmon, which is actually good for you. Salmon is loaded with Omega-3 oils which are particularly good for your heart according the American Heart Association. The catch is that this fish is only available from about mid-May to mid-June, making it a prime choice for Memorial Day festivities. The fish is available at many major and local grocers and seafood markets (we’ve listed carriers below) when it’s is season so it’s readily available in most areas. The chefs at L’Ecole Culinaire are also big fans of Copper River Salmon and have a tasty recipe for it below.

Grilled Copper River Salmon with Tomato Caper Relish

Serves 2

Grilled Salmon

2 Copper River Salmon Filets

Oil as needed

Salt and pepper to taste


2 ounces tomato, chopped

1/2 ounce shallot, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon basil, chopped

1/2 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped

1/2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Fluid ounce Sherry Vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

For the relish combine all ingredients, adjust seasonings to taste and set aside in the refrigerator.

Lightly oil the salmon and season. Oil the grill surface in order to prevent sticking.

Grill the salmon to desired doneness, keeping salmon a little soft in the center will help retain its moisture. Place your finished salmon on a plate and top with relish.

Where to find Copper River Salmon in St. Louis:


Schnucks (Certain locations at beginning of season, all locations towards mid-season)


Whole Foods

Trader Joe’s (Smoked Salmon Only)

Bob’s Seafood

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