Alaska is known for its wild caught seafood, game meats, and fresh berries. Alaska’s unique history is a blend of native peoples, Russian explorers, and American prospectors that left behind their many food traditions. Fresh, healthy, and responsibly sourced meats. Here’s 4 must-try Alaskan meals you need to scarf down when you visit Sitka, Alaska!

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Reindeer

Reindeer meat isn’t gamey and it’s not tough like other venison can be. This mild meat is excellent as a sausage, a roast, or a fillet. Reindeer is one of the leanest meats. It compares with salmon when it comes to omega-3 and essential fatty acids. You can try it in our Reindeer Sausage Scramble for breakfast!

 

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Alaska King Crab

Most people are familiar with Alaska King Crab. Most people don’t know there are 3 types to choose from – red king, blue king, and brown king crab. Blue king is the most commonly found in Sitka, Alaska. King Crab has a delicate texture and sweet taste compared to other crabs. Also, the Alaska King Crab is the largest species of crab in the eastern hemisphere, so you’ll have plenty to eat!

 

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Salmon

This is an Alaskan staple. There are Chinook, Sockeye, Coho, Pink, and Chum Salmon found in Alaska. Wild Alaskan Salmon is incredibly nutritious. According to research, consuming this oily fish once or twice a week may not only increase your lifespan by more than two years, but also reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 35 percent. Salmon is a versatile meat and can be prepared fried, baked, grilled, boiled, poached, smoked, or added to burgers, salads or soups. We suggest trying smoked Salmon if you never have.

 

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Akutaq

You need a sweet treat as well! Akutaq will get you out of your comfort zone. Akutaq, also known as Eskimo Ice Cream, is a dish that was created by the indigenous people of Alaska thousands of years ago. It’s not technically ice cream, but rather a mix of reindeer fat, seal oil, freshly fallen snow, and berries (though there are many variations). It is eaten as a dessert and has a sweet taste from the berries and the consistency of an Icee.

It’s hard to beat the freshness of Alaska or eat more responsibly sourced food. Come taste the best seafood in the world and see the most breath-taking nature while doing it. Bon Appétit!

Don’t forget to try our Herb Crusted with Citrus Beurre Blanc Salmon Filet, King Crab Legs or Reindeer Sausage Scramble with Bell Pepper, Onion, and Cheese!