Recipe by Rachel Phipps
This easy poké bowl is easy to make at home using salmon from the fishmonger or supermarket fish.
How To Choose Sustainable Salmon
The two main varieties of salmon widely consumed globally are wild-caught Pacific and farmed Atlantic salmon. For both types of salmon, there are sustainable and non-sustainable options. Therefore, t’s essential to gather as much information as possible about your seafood ingredient before you head to the store to buy it.
Wild pacific salmon inhabit the entirety of the Pacific Rim coastline. Although wild salmon can be consumed all year round (thanks to freezing and canning practices), most of the fresh wild salmon is harvested from June to September, when salmon migrate from the North Pacific Ocean. Many Chefs prefer the deeper color, firmer texture, and rich taste of wild salmon over its farmed Atlantic counterpart.
When shopping for wild-caught Pacific salmon, look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label in stores and restaurant menus. According to the Wild Salmon Center, an organization that strives to protect wild salmon species in the North Pacific, Alaskan harvested salmon is one of the best options known for their state's healthy and well-managed fisheries. If you are still unsure where to purchase your salmon, TMF recommends Wild Alaskan Seafood for the highest quality wild-caught seafood from sustainable fisheries in Alaska.
Farmed Atlantic salmon makes up 72% of the world’s total salmon harvest. Most salmon is farmed in Norway and Chile, whose coastline offers the optimal environment for growing salmon. The United States is the worlds’ largest importer of farmed salmon, although the fastest-growing market is in China and Japan, where it is served sashimi style in many restaurants. Unlike wild-caught Pacific salmon, farmed Atlantic salmon is available fresh all year round. Although, as mentioned above, many chefs prefer the flavor of wild salmon, farmed salmon has a higher fat content making it a better candidate for smoking.
If you choose to purchase farmed salmon, look for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) logo on the packaging. ASC is a non-profit organization that sets standards for farmed salmon, ensuring that the salmon comes from a responsible farm that strives to reduce environmental impact by minimizing the use of pesticides and antibiotics and offering optimal working conditions for its farmers.
Overall, salmon is an excellent protein choice for people who choose to include animal products in their diet. The carbon footprint of farmed salmon is 2.9 carbon equivalents per kilogram of edible food product versus cattle which has an impact of approximately 30 kgCO2e. For more information on the topic of sustainable seafood, check out How to Eat Seafood – The Sustainable Way on our resource page.
When you choose to eat seafood, remember ...
being mindful matters!
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Easy Salmon Poké Bowl
- Dark Soy Sauce
- ½ tablespoon Japanese Rice Vinegar
- ½ tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
- 1 teaspoon Furikake
- 3.5 oz Sushi Grade Salmon cut into chunks at room temperature
- 7 oz Cold Cooked Brown Rice Sushi Rice or Quinoa
- 1 Spring Onion thinly sliced
- Small Handful Fresh Pineapple cubed
- ½ Small Avocado cubed
- 2 Radishes thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoon Kimchee