EricLKlein (ericlklein) wrote in food_in_israel,


It may have come to your attention that Norwegian Salmon has gotten very expensive here in Israel. Recently I found it on "sale" at 70 NIS per kilo (it can be as high as 80 NIS/kilo).

But my mother-in-law noticed that in our local Kosher Meat and Fish store they were advertising Salmon at 39 NIS/Kilo, so I had to go and investigate.

Turns out that there had been a special on Chinese Salmon (Chum Salmon) at the lower price, but they were out as the special had been the week before.

But they were expecting an order the next day, so I should call in the morning to find out when it would arrive. To make this short, I called and was told it was there, and I rushed over and had them open the box to get at the salmon.

I bought 2 large fillets. They were much paler than the Norwegian.

When I cooked it (marinated for an hour with teriyaki sauce and then cooked in the oven for 20 mins. covered and then 10 uncovered at 220 degrees C)  I checked it at the 20 min mark and removed the congealed white fat (more than usual) and then left it on covered for 10 more.

It was a big success, the family loved it.

So look for them in the smaller stores (supermarket chains are not stocking Chinese Salmon, and the packages were labeled in  Hebrew and English.

A good deal on good fish.

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I actually tried the chum salmon and found its texture to be less tasty than the Norwegian one. But then again, I use my salmon for sushi and for steaks- marinating it and cooking for so long does make it harder to tell the difference in texture and quality.

I buy my salmon in stocks (7 fillets or 11-12kgs per box), for around 50-60NIS per kg, depending on the quality of the imported batch. They're the best tasting salmon I've ever found around here..