The overwhelming majority of salmon eaten in the UK is farmed Atlantic salmon from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. UK consumers eat more than one million fresh salmon meals every day, spending some £630 million a year on this extraordinary Wild salmon stocks have been decimated over the last 100 years and there aren’t enough wild salmon in the sea to satisfy our hungry appetites. Fish farming seemed to be the answer and farmed salmon is now Scotland’s largest food export – and business is booming. Whilst there is no doubt salmon farming is meeting current consumer demand, many environmentalists, scientists and celebrity chefs think salmon farming isn’t without its consequences. It’s certainly a topic up for debate!
Fortunately in Northumberland we have two of the best Salmon rivers in England – the Tyne and the Tweed. Whilst remaining the salmon’s friend from a conservation point of view our inshore fishermen do bring home some of the wildest, tastiest salmon during the season. However we do recommend wild salmon as a delicacy and would like to highlight its high conservation risk before purchase.
COOKING / EATING BENEFITS
Classified as an oily fish, salmon is considered to be healthy due to its high protein, high omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D content. The most beneficial Omega-3 fats occur naturally in oily fish and contribute to a healthy brain function, the heart joints and healthy wellbeing. As an ingredient salmon offers great versatility. It can be purchased as either steak or fillets, fresh, frozen, canned or smoked. Fresh salmon lends itself to baking, barbequing, poaching, steaming or grilling and can be paired with many different flavours. It can also be served raw as delicate sashimi.
Traditionalists prefer salmon when it’s poached, served with a creamy hollandaise sauce or mayonnaise. It can also be deep-fried as tempura and cooked with Asian flavours such as soy, sesame, chilli and ginger. Cooked whole or as sandwiched whole fillets, salmon is a great fish to use when catering for large numbers.