What you know about King Salmon caviar in (2020)

Wild King Salmon, commonly known as Chinook salmon, are the largest of all salmon, commonly caught weighing between 15-40 lbs, although 100 lb specimens have been recorded. They are the fattiest of the salmon family, boasting the highest levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, resulting from the long distance they must swim through the ocean before spawning in freshwater rivers.  They are further distinguished by having the largest scales, but their flesh is considered softer and more delicate than other salmons such as the Atlantic and Coho.

Ranging from southern California to the Alaskan Arctic, Kings spend the first 2 or so years living in freshwater before making the migration to the open ocean. After 2-4 years in the ocean, they return to the rivers and waterways in which they were born to spawn the next generation. Many King Salmon Caviar are commercially known and sold under the river system they are native to, such as the coveted “Columbia River Kings” of Alaska, whose early run in May generally marks the beginning of the salmon fishing season. Kings will “run” at different times depending upon their waterway of origin; many starting in early Spring but others in late Fall.

An anomaly to nature, some Kings are known as “Ivory” due to having pale white flesh distinct from the bright red typical to the species. It is thought that only 1 in 100 wild king salmon are Ivory. What causes this difference is unknown, with theories ranging from diet to genetics. Ivory and Reds live side to side together, and there is no physical distinction between the two until they are caught and filleted. While Ivorys are often coveted, some debate exists among chefs as to the distinction between the two in terms of texture and flavor. Some think that Ivorys are fattier and richer in flavor, others find no difference.

Regardless of the color of their flesh, the flavor and texture of King Salmon is full, rich, and pronounced with a buttery and delicate texture and large, soft flakes.  Salmon is extremely versatile in the kitchen (hence it’s great popularity) and is delicious as fillet or steak cut pan-fried, steamed, grilled skin on, poached, and braised. Fresh salmon is also served sashimi style and is, of course, wonderful when cold or hot smoked.

Catch Region

Pacific NorthWest, Central California to Alaska


Seasonal Runs Early Spring- Late Fall

Catch Method

Troll Caught, Gill Net

Yield (Fillet Percentage)


Flavor Profile

Rich, Buttery, and Full

Texture Profile

Moderately Firm; Delicate with Large Flakes


Atlantic Salmon

Arctic Char


King Salmon Caviar (Oncorhynchus Tshawytscha) comes from the King Salmon subspecies. It is also known as Chinook Salmon across the world. King Salmon(Chinook)roe consists of larger grains of Salmon Roe in comparison to other salmon roes. King Salmon is found across the North Pacific Ocean, especially in Alaska.

The season for King Salmon ranges from August to November. King Salmon is the largest species of Salmon.

Salmon roe (also called red caviar or salmon caviar) is a kind of top-quality product that is considered to be an alternative to Black Caviar(Sturgeon Caviar). Why is it so? Because it is a plentiful, inexpensive, and honest delicacy. The salty-sweet, juicy eggs of salmon attracted fish-egg fans a long time ago and also they became popular as Black Caviar prices increased sharply.