Canned fish basics

Why buy canned, what to look for, and easy serving suggestions

Canned fish basics

What's the best fish to buy canned?

Wild salmon and pole- or troll-caught albacore tuna, both harvested and canned in the West. Most sardines and oysters are sourced and canned overseas and not subject to U.S. scrutiny.

Why buy canned ever?

It's cheaper than fresh; and with salmon, the bones (soft and edible) stay in, boosting calcium content.



American Tuna Awesome canned tuna ― a wedge of hand-filleted albacore cooked in its juices, rich and deeply flavorful. Pole- or troll-caught by Pacific Coast families, it's approved by the Marine Stewardship Council. Cost: $4.99 (6 oz.); in stores and at

Dave's Albacore Fillets (in olive oil) Big, firm, moist flakes and pure tuna flavor. Caught by hook and line, hand-filleted, and packed in oil. Cost: $7 (6 oz.) from 


Redhead Wild Alaskan Sockeye Deep pink, juicy; strong, complex flavor. Just sockeye and a bit of salt. Cost: $5.29 (7.5 oz.)

365 Everyday Value Wild Red Sockeye Salmon Rich, briny-sweet, bright taste; juicy. Whole Foods Market's in-store brand. Cost: $2.99 (7.5 oz.)

Natural Sea Wild Premium Alaskan Pink Salmon Pink salmon is quite pale, but still juicy and very flavorful. Cost: $3.69 (7.5 oz.)

Trader Joe's Alaskan Pink Salmon Pale pink, firm, juicy. And dang, it's less than $2! Cost: $1.79 (6 oz.)

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