Review: Sun Valley Smoked Trout & Wild Alaskan Salmon
Growing up on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve enjoyed smoked salmon as far back as I can remember. Homemade versions, store bought varieties, local smoke shop specialties, and even fresh-smoked filets straight from the Native American fishermen that caught the fish. So when I received a sampler box of assorted smoke salmon and trout from Two Rivers Smoked Fish, I wasn’t really expecting to receive a smoked fish product any different from what I’ve experienced before. Boy was I wrong. Imagine my surprise when I bit into Sun Valley’s fish and experienced some of the most moist and delectable smoked fish I’ve ever tasted! And not just salmon, but steelhead and rainbow trout as well!
Perfect Brine and Seasonings in Sun Valley Smoked Fish
If there’s anything I know about the difference between excellent smoked fish and bland smoked fish it is that it’s all about the brine. Sun Valley completely nails theirs. Their packaging simply says, “kosher salt, unrefined cane sugar, and spices,” but it doesn’t say anything about the ratio of those ingredients nor the amount of time they soak their fish in them. All I can tell you is that it is perfectly salty and sweet without overpowering the subtle flavors of the fish. It is perfection in fish brine.
And then to continue the perfection show, Sun Valley uses applewood to smoke the brined fish in. The subtle sweet flavor of applewood is the perfect choice for fish. It provides a good smoke flavor without overpowering the fish. And Sun Valley smokes their fish for the optimal amount of time to add flavor without over cooking the fish.
As for the seasonings, the plain salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout are all perfect as is. You can’t go wrong with any of them. But in case you’re looking for an extra bit of pop, Sun Valley offers cracked peppercorn varieties, as well as a Cajun seasoned trout. The cracked peppercorn options are excellent, providing a good pepper pep without being too strong. I liked it a lot on the salmon. The Cajun seasoned rainbow trout is something I haven’t seen elsewhere, and was absolutely fantastic on crackers. The Cajun seasoning blend used is top notch, with robust flavors and just the right balance of heat. I could use another package of that stuff right now!
Sun Valley Smoked Fish has Fantastic Texture
As good as Sun Valley’s flavor is, the texture of their fish is even better. It has a firm slightly springy texture while still being flaky and soft. It almost just melts on the tongue. And talk about being moist! No dryness in this fish! If anything, it almost feels juicy, which is entirely impossible because there isn’t any juice or liquid at all. It is perfect. The boys at Two Rivers Smoked Fish LLC know what they are doing!
That texture does come at a slight cost however. In order to achieve such a texture, the fish can’t be smoked long enough to actually preserve it, which means Sun Valley Smoked Fish needs to be refrigerated for storage. That wouldn’t work well in a Pacific Northwest nomadic lifestyle of yesteryear, but doesn’t matter much in today’s world of abundantly available refrigeration.
Where Can I Buy Sun Valley Smoked Fish?
Sun Valley Smoked Fish products can be found in the grocery stores of Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey Idaho, as well as the menus of many of the restaurants in that area. But luckily, they can also be ordered off of Sun Valley Smoked Fish’s website and shipped straight to your door!
What is the Best Way to Enjoy Sun Valley Smoked Fish?
Any way you can think of! It is delicious straight out of the package and served on crackers (best at room temperature). It is also scrumptious served as a cheese ball with cream cheese, dill, and a bit of lemon. But if you really want to take things to the next level, it is exceptional incorporated into the following Bald Gourmet recipes:
The Bald Gourmet highly recommends the delicious smoked salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout offerings of Sun Valley Smoked Fish by Two Rivers Smoked Fish LLC in Hailey Idaho.
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