A 6-ounce serving of coho salmon has 248 calories, 10.1 grams of fat, and 36.8 grams of protein.
Also known as silver salmon, wild Alaskan coho salmon is frequently compared to king salmon but with a firmer texture and orange-ish or peach-colored meat. In many ways, it’s the most underrated salmon species. A higher-quality salmon overall, it’s generally rated just behind the king salmon for taste and just behind the sockeye salmon for those looking for low-mercury and “clean-tasting” fish. In their freshwater stages, coho feed on plankton and insects, then switch to a diet of small fish upon migrating to the ocean as adults. While most coho salmon are still caught by net fisheries, this is the most common salmon species harvested by Alaskan troll fisheries.
Apart from farm-raised salmon (high in mercury) and king salmon (expensive), coho salmon has the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acid content. Nevertheless, most chefs recommend using a cold-smoking method if you’re going to smoke coho salmon. It’s also typically one of the more affordable varieties of salmon, despite relatively low harvests, and thus one of the best choices for frequent salmon eaters. The 2018 coho catch was estimated at 5.8 million, an increase of more than 600,000 from 2018. The average coho salmon is 24-30 inches long and weighs between 8-12 lbs.