Cooking with Coho Salmon

There are several different types of salmon, and each has a different look and taste. Today we’re going to talk about cooking coho salmon, but you can check out our blog Salmon: What’s the Difference if you want to learn more. Coho salmon, also known as silver salmon, are right in the middle of the range of salmon types in a lot of ways. They’re not the smallest or the largest; they’re not the leanest or the fattiest; they’re not the least or the most firm; and they’re not the cheapest or the most expensive.

Coho salmon are generally around 8-12 pounds, but can be upwards of 30 pounds. They are caught anywhere from Alaska to Oregon, and their run typically starts in June and lasts until September. They maintain their silvery color (which is where the name silver salmon comes from) when they first appear in rivers, but they turn a deep red when heading upstream to breed. Once they have changed color or developed their iconic hooked mouth, they tend to be less enjoyable to eat.

There are a number of ways to prepare your coho including poaching, sauteing, grilling, and smoking. If you choose to smoke your coho, try using a lower heat than you would with other types of salmon. This allows the fish to maintain a little of its fat, enhancing its flavor.

We found a recipe for Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon by Christine L. on that we can’t wait to try with some coho fillets, and we wanted to share it with you.

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon


  • 8 (4 ounce) Salmon Fillets
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Green Onions (chopped)
  • 3 teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt


  1. Place salmon fillets in a medium, nonporous glass dish.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk well.
  3. Pour the sauce over the fish, cover, and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.
  4. Prepare an outdoor grill with coals, and place the grill about 5 inches from the grate.
  5. Grill the fillets on a lightly oiled grate for a total of 10 minutes per inch of thickness (measured at the thickest part) or until the fish just flakes with a fork. Turn over halfway through cooking.

Hopefully you’ve found this post useful for cooking your coho salmon. Nothing beats cooking a salmon you caught. So, if you want to try your hand at catching salmon, learn about opportunities to go fishing in British Columbia, Canada.