Canned fish is a touchy thing, because it almost never tastes good--but it's a much cheaper and more convenient way to get more fish in your diet, because you can stock up and keep it on hand for a while. I recently tried the Kirkland Canned Alaskan Salmon from Costco, and it is some of the best canned fish I have ever had. At $9.99 for six 7-ounce cans ($.24 per ounce), it's very reasonable in price.
Unlike other canned fish products, this canned salmon is not overly fishy or tinny tasting. It has a nice, mild salmon flavor. I mixed it with a little low-calorie mayonnaise, salt and pepper to make salmon salad and made a sandwich with whole grain bread. It was very tasty and satisfying.
Texture and Appearance
Many canned tunas and salmons are mushy in texture. However, the Kirkland Canned Alaskan Salmon is firm, yet tender. When you open the can and look inside, it looks like something you want to eat rather than feed to your not-especially-picky cat. It is a nice pink color, and I didn't detect any bits of bone or skin that you often find in canned salmon.
Salmon is one of the best foods you can eat, because of the Omega fatty acids. Each 2 ounce serving of Kirkland Canned Alaskan Salmon contains 80 calories (36% from fat), 3 grams of fat and 12 grams of protein, with no carbohydrates. It has 170 milligrams of sodium, which is 7% of your daily supply, and contains 2% of your daily supply of iron.
According to www.fatsecret.com, the average canned salmon comes in a serving size of 3 ounces and has 122 calories, 5.3 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein and 435 milligrams of sodium. Doing the math to compare similar serving sizes, the Kirkland product still has fewer calories, fat, and sodium and more protein than the average comparable product.
Since there are two of us in the house and two ounces is not a very big serving, we split the can in half into two 3.5-ounce servings and share it. Of course, this increases the fat and calories.
With its superior taste, texture, and nutritional value, I plan to stock up on Kirkland Canned Alaskan Salmon and eat it more often.