Magazine article Sunset

Best Smoked Salmon

Magazine article Sunset

Best Smoked Salmon

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A beautiful fillet of flaky, savory hot-smoked salmon makes any Sunday brunch special. Judging a field of 12 Western artisan brands on both presentation and deliciousness, we named three "big fish" in a recent tasting.

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All three picks eschew new fresh-pouch technology, which calls for refrigeration only after opening, in favor of the old-fashioned, cold-shipped, into-the-fridge route. We include our favorite serving suggestions--if you can resist the urge to devour the fish right out of the package.

TOP

Cap'n Mike's Holy Smoke

WHY: Tender, moist, and intensely smoky, Mike's is the perfect melt-in-your-mouth fish. "I could live on this," one taster raved.

THE BACK STORY: There really is a Cap'n Mike: His name's Mike Hiebert, and he's been fishing Northern California's Bodega Bay for 20 years.

BEST WITH: Pasta with lemon, mint, and sour cream.

INFO: Alderwood Smoked Salmon, $29 per lb.; www.holysmokedsalmon.com or 707/585-2000

MIDDLE

Gerard & Dominique Seafoods

WHY: Because it comes with a delicate honey glaze that's as different as it is delicious. …

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