Where to Find Wild Caught Fish in Truckee
Don’t write off Truckee when you’re looking for places to buy wild fish. As it turns out, you can find some of the best Alaskan sockeye salmon right here in heart of the Sierra Nevada. How? That’s where Eskimo Girl Salmon comes in…
I wasn’t thinking about filling my freezer with fish when I saw a post from Eskimo Girl Salmon in the Facebook group Truckee Tahoe People. It was early September and they posted to announce that they were taking orders for a local delivery of sustainable, wild sockeye salmon at the end of October. But what exactly is Eskimo Girl Salmon? After some research, I found out that it’s an Alaskan fishing operation run by Casey Coupchiak, a Truckee local who spends her summer months fishing Bristol Bay on a boat inherited from her Grandpa.
So where did the name Eskimo Girl Salmon come from? Casey is Yupik Eskimo, a group of indigenous peoples in Alaska, and carries on a long legacy of fishing in Bristol Bay. The idea of ocean to table sustainable fish had me hooked but knowing that I was supporting a woman-led, indigenous business owner made it even better. I was in, and promptly placed an order for 60 pounds of salmon. I split the catch with friends and took home 25 lbs of the brightest salmon fillets.
Unfortunately, the ordering period for Eskimo Girl Salmon is over but make sure to like her on Facebook and put next year’s delivery on your calendar! And don’t worry, I have another Truckee connection for wild-caught fish! That’s the Little Fish Company which was started by Brand Little on a whim when he left the world of corporate sales and bought a fishing boat in 2005. Now he fishes on the boat of his dreams, the Fair Seas, and brings his catch fresh to you. You can find them at the Truckee Farmer’s Market in the summer and outside of the Pour House from 2-3 pm every Tuesday in the winter.
Is your mouth watering yet? If not, just continue reading to my favorite salmon recipe. I made these salmon cakes as a Thanksgiving appetizer and they were a huge hit! This recipe comes from the Taste and See food blog.
Salmon Cakes with Sriracha Lemon Aoli
|Salmon Cakes||Sriracha Lemon Aioli|
|2 pounds salmon1 1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 teaspoon pepper1 onion, diced and sauteed2/3 cup breadcrumbs1/2 cup chopped parsley1/3 cup mayonnaise1/4 cup Dijon mustard1 large egg4 tablespoons lemon juice||1/2 cup light mayonnaise (or regular if you prefer)4 teaspoons Sriracha sauce4 teaspoons lemon juice1 clove garlic, minced1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper|
Preheat oven to 400F. Rinse and pat dry the salmon, then place on a baking sheet and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast until cooked through, about 15 minutes. Allow the salmon to cool then, using a fork, flake or separate the salmon into small pieces.
Put salmon in a large bowl and add onions, breadcrumbs, parsley, mayo, mustard, egg, & lemon juice. Season with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and mix gently.
Form the mixture into small cakes (an ice cream scooper comes in handy for this!) and place them on a baking sheet. At this point, you can put the salmon cakes in the freezer and save for future enjoyment. To finish the cakes, bake at 400F for about 15-20 minutes, until golden and crisp.
*Larger salmon cakes will need a longer cook time.
Sriracha Lemon Aioli:
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
Don’t have the time to cook a salmon meal? Visit one of these Truckee restaurants for the best selection of local, wild and sustainably farmed fish.