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Celebrating Salmon: An Appreciation Post From Our Fair Lawn Seafood Restaurant

The allure of this common fish has “reeled in” billions of people throughout time. While primitive humans likely took after the ways of bears and caught fresh salmon with their hands, modern salmon dishes, preparation styles, and other ways to enjoy this healthy alternative to red meat have come a long way. Truly, one of our favorite types of fish has converted seafood naysayers into regular customers. We’re proud of that! 

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You’ll find plenty more than salmon on our menu, but it is an essential part of any high-quality seafood restaurant. In this appreciation post, your number one choice in Fair Lawn restaurants is going to touch on a few salmon facts, highlight various salmon dishes on our ever-evolving menu, and even offer our two cents on why this fish is so universally loved among seafood lovers and naysayers alike. 

Whether you’re just looking for a great place to eat on a Tuesday evening or you’re booking a special private event with us, we’re always ready to welcome you with open arms! Feel free to contact our seafood restaurant today with any questions. 

Why Is Salmon So Universally Loved? 

First off, we get it — not everyone likes salmon, nor do they like fish or even seafood in general. We get that, and that’s why we offer “land” meat and other seafood alternatives at our restaurant in Fair Lawn. However, those that don’t appreciate the “fishy” taste found in other types of fish tend to enjoy salmon quite a bit. 

Though the taste of salmon largely depends on a) the variety of salmon and where it was sourced and b) how it’s prepared, neutrally-speaking, salmon offers a mild, refreshing taste that doesn’t linger on your taste buds unlike other types of fish. Salmon is a versatile fish to cook with, meaning that it goes great with a number of marinades, side dishes, and drinks. It’s hard to beat the utility of this fish! 

Now, let’s take a look at how we incorporate salmon into some of our dishes. 

Sesame Salmon

If grilled lobster with melted butter sauce is a little too rich for you, and surf and turf is just a bit too overkill, our sesame salmon entree provides a balanced, lean, and flavorful option that you’ll love. Our sesame salmon is cooked with a raspberry beurre blanc — providing delightful, complementary flavors — served with a side of vegetable arborio pilaf. 

You can indulge in the best of the seafood world without feeling guilty! 

Salmon Filet

Our salmon filet is a great choice for those who want a wood-grilled fish. We grill the most tender, choice-cut salmon filets we can get our hands on from the Fulton Fish Market with the help of extra virgin olive oil. Served with a side of our signature roasted lemon potatoes, we guarantee that you won’t be let down by this one. 

Facts About Salmon

How much do you know about this beloved fish? Don’t worry, we’re not going to quiz you! With six different types of salmon harvested in the mighty waters of North America, there’s a lot to know about this Omega-3-rich food. Let’s take a look. 

Types of Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

As you can guess, Atlantic Salmon is from the Atlantic and local to us here in New Jersey. Some refer to Atlantic Salmon as “black salmon,” and unlike other salmon species, black salmon do not require any salt to live. Unfortunately, they are listed on the Endangered Species List. 

Chinook Salmon

We’ve actually written about highlighting our Copper River salmon special, primarily because we were so excited to offer up such an incredible salmon dish. Chinook Salmon, aka the King Salmon, is the state fish of Alaska, and as the name would imply, the largest of all salmon species caught in North American waters. Some King Salmon can even get up to 125 pounds! 

Chum Salmon

You’ll find Chum Salmon near Juneau, Alaska on the very southeast part of the state. Unlike the King Salmon, the Chum species only averages about 10-15 pounds per fish. 

Coho Salmon

This species can also be found in the same areas of Alaska as the Chinook, though Coho Salmon averages around the same size as Chum Salmon, sometimes even smaller. 

Pink Salmon

The smallest of all salmon caught around North America, “Humpies” are also the most abundant, but average around 3-5 pounds per catch. 

Sockeye Salmon

Most people are familiar with the name “Sockeye.” With a distinctive red color that makes this species stand out among the rest, Sockeye Salmon can thrive in freshwater and saltwater. They usually average between 5-8 pounds, give or take.

Salmon Factoids

A Heroic Last Act

Before a salmon dies, spawning is typically the last thing that it does. 

An Anadromous Species

Salmon are born in freshwater and migrate over to salt water once they’re able to. To spawn, they’ll return to freshwater. 

Salmon Diet

Young salmon simply feed on plankton and other bottom dwellers. Once they’re a little bit older, they’ll start to feed on other life forms like insects, small invertebrates, tiny fish, and other small sea creatures. 

Strong Sniffers

Your typical Atlantic salmon can smell one drop of a particular scent in an area the size of ten Olympic swimming pools. Let that “sink in” for a moment! 

Enjoy An Evening At Our Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Life is too short not to enjoy what you’re eating — including salmon. Inquire about a reservation today!