Fresh Farmed Steelhead (Rainbow Trout)
This product is available during these seasons:
Farmed steelhead is similar to salmon in color, taste and texture, but with a milder flavor and more delicate flesh. This particular steelhead comes to us from Mt. Lassen Trout Farm in Northern California and is rated a "Best Choice" by Seafood Watch for sustainability. It displays exceptional color and a taste that is light and as fresh as possible.
Steelhead can be cooked in a variety of ways and is an ideal substitute for any recipe calling for trout, salmon or Arctic char. Feel free to bake, broil, grill, pan sear, poach or smoke this fish for excellent results. It's also a great choice for use with a cedar plank or wrap!
Steelhead vs. Trout
Steelhead is often referred to as "rainbow trout" or "steelhead trout" or even "steelhead salmon". Understandably it can be confusing. Technically, trout and steelhead are the same species but there are key differences. In the wild, steelhead is an ocean-going subspecies of rainbow trout, while rainbow trout remains in freshwater its entire life. In the state of California, any trout over 16" is considered a steelhead. As for steelhead versus salmon, they are from the same family of fish known as Salmonidae but are not the same species.
Led by a veteran team with over 200 years of combined experience in aquaculture, Mt. Lassen Trout Farm has been farming premium rainbow trout since 1949. It has built a program that is founded on a commitment to superior quality through sustainable rearing methods.
The key ingredient in Mt. Lassen Trout’s production facilities is clear, cold, fresh spring water that flows from the base of Mt. Lassen. Traceable from egg to plate, fish are grown in raceways at a higher water velocity than other farm-raised fish. This allows fish to thrive in a more natural environment and creates a trout that is stronger and more muscular.
As the largest trout and steelhead producer in California, Mt. Lassen has the ability to deliver to distributors within hours of harvest, resulting in the freshest fish possible for our customers.