Ivar’s School of Fish is a lesson in food delicacy. Nothing fancy or exotic, just the freshest Pacific and North American seafood available. Learn about the fish that makes our traditional and contemporary recipes the most unique.
Northwest Seafood Bounty
Pacific Dungeness Crab
Dungeness Crabs are one of the most flavorful and prized crabs around. They’re also known for being a quality species. Once you crack into the bright, orange color shell, you’re treated to tender, flaky white meat with a distinctive sweet flavor.
Commonly served whole.
Average weight is 2 to 3 pounds.
Sweet flavor and tender flakiness.
Serving Size 3 oz. | Calories 140 Protein 28.3 (g) | Fat 1.6 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.2 (g) | Sodium 480 (mg) | Cholesterol 97 (mg) |
Alaska King Crab
As featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”, King Crab is a majestic crab that’s highly sought after. It is the largest of all the crab species caught in the world. One taste of its sweet flavor and rich, delicate texture and you’ll notice why it’s the best.
Largest of all the crab
Ranges in weight between 6 to 10 pounds
Versatile in recipes
Leg and body meat highly prized
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 140 | Protein 29.3 (g) | Fat 1.5 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.1 (g) | Sodium 1072 (mg) | Cholesterol 53 (mg) |
Alaska Snow Crab
The Alaskan Snow Crab is harvested from the crisp, clear waters of the Bering Sea. It’s most known for its unique, sweet, yet delicate flavor. The Alaska Snow Crab is available throughout the year and is great for entertaining.
Average weight is 1 to 3 pounds.
A great value shellfish
Wide consumer appeal
High protein low fat content
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 140 | Protein 19 (g) | Fat 6 (g) | Saturated Fat 1 (g) | Sodium 536 (mg) | Cholesterol 93 (mg) |
Though it has a beautiful and distinctive shell, Pacific Scallops are renowned for their size, sweet flavor, and firm texture. Pacific Scallops live up to their reputation as the world's finest.
Average harvesting size is 4 inches.
Known for their exceptional size and quality.
Firm, meaty texture that’s is creamy in color.
Delicate buttery flavor.
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 87 | Protein 16.2 (g) | Fat 0.8 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.1 (g) | Sodium 0.87 (mg) | Cholesterol 36 (mg) |
Northwest grown and raised featuring Pacific, Kumamoto, Olympia and European flat style oysters. Oysters naturally grow in clusters on beaches, and traditional farming techniques closely resemble the wild life cycle. Traditionally large meat for their shell size.
Kumamoto shell sizes 2 to 3 inches in length
European flats prizes for unique, salty flavor
High in Vitamin E and Zinc
Versatile, served raw or cooked
Serving Size 3 oz. | Calories 69 | Protein 8 (g) | Fat 2 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.4 (g) | Sodium 90 (mg) | Cholesterol 43 (mg) |
Fresh, sustainable mussels come from Penn Cove of Whidbey Island, Wash. Penn Cove is the home of the oldest and largest commercial mussel farm in the United States. These mussels have won top honors in many international tasting competitions for their sweet, meaty flavor.
Excellent source of vitamins and minerals
Known for rich flavor
Excellent steamed or sautéed
Serving Size 3 oz. | Calories 146 | Protein 20 (g) | Fat 3.8 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.7 (g) | Sodium 314 (mg) | Cholesterol 47.6 (mg) |
Feature both Atlantic and Pacific clams in our recipes. Locally grown species we use include Manila clams and as season permits, Alaska Razor clam.
Manilas are favored by chefs because of their sweetness, their ease of opening upon being steamed, their long shelf life, and their dramatically varied colorful shell patterns.
The Pacific razor clam is an exceptionally meaty shellfish which ranges from California to Alaska. This species has an elongated oblong narrow shell, which ranges from 3 to 6.25 inches in length and is traditionally served fried and crispy.
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 74 | Protein 12.7 (g) | Fat 1 (g) | Saturated Fat 0 (g) | Sodium 56 (mg) | Cholesterol 34 (mg) |
Halibut, Sole, Cod, and Black Cod are grouped as whitefish. They have a distinctive flaky white flesh with a very mild, yet fresh flavor – with the exception of Black Cod. Each species have varied flavor and texture characteristics of its own.
Alaska True Cod
Our traditional fish ‘n chips features the Alaska Cod. It is a distinctively large fish that makes for exceptionally moist, yet firm and flaky fillets.
Average weight of five to ten pounds.
Ivar’s exclusively uses Alaskan True Cod for our award-winning fish ‘n chips.
Most popular of the standard, sustainable white fish.
Excellent source of protein and nutrients and low in fat.
Serving Size 3 oz. | Calories 90 | Protein 19 (g) | Fat 1 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.2 (g) | Sodium 75 (mg) | Cholesterol 40 (mg) |
Alaska Black Cod
A very good, main-dish white fish with a rich flavor that melts in the mouth. Alaska Black Cod features a rich succulent flavor and a velvety texture. It has beautiful snow-white fillets that flake perfectly and are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Black Cod is often compared to sea bass.
Very delicate, melt-in-your-mouth, flaky texture.
Most prized for high fat and oil content
High in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 195 | Protein 13.4 (g) | Fat 15.3 (g) | Saturated Fat 3.2 (g) | Sodium 56 (mg) | Cholesterol 49 (mg) |
Largest of all the flat fish, halibut is the most renowned, deepwater whitefish. Catches can weigh hundreds of pounds. It is a very lean fish with an ivory white flesh and minimal bones. Season runs from approximately February through November and is limited for this succulent sweet fish, which tends to be a favorite for many seafood aficionados.
Premium of all whitefish
Flavorful and light but high in nutrients.
Suitable for a variety of cooking methods
Fact: Largest Pacific Halibut – 8 feet, 533 pounds
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 130 | Protein 22 (g) | Fat 3 (g) | Saturated Fat 0.41 (g) | Sodium 68 (mg) | Cholesterol 41 (mg) |
The flavor of Alaska Salmon depends upon fat content and the environment in which it matured. Alaska's icy, pure waters and the abundance of natural food give Alaska Salmon unparalleled flavor. The fat content of salmon depends not only on the genetic make-up of each species, but also on its spawning cycle. The longer and more vigorous the freshwater trip, the more fat the fish will carry as it leaves the ocean.
King (Chinook) Salmon
King, or Chinook Salmon is a rich, red-colored fish that’s high in oil content. Many tributaries in and around Alaska are renowned for their Chinook runs. The highly sought after Copper River salmon is most recognized for this.
The largest, least abundant of the salmon species.
High oil content makes this the most prized red fish.
Average fish size is 30 – 40 inches, 14 – 50 pounds
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 229 | Protein 26 (g) | Fat 13 (g) | Saturated Fat 3 (g) | Sodium 60 (mg) | Cholesterol 84 (mg) |
The Sockeye (Red) Salmon has a distinct, deep orange-red flesh with high oil content. It is the third most abundant salmon species in the Pacific.
Sockeye salmon are known for their rich, bold flavor.
One of the most versatile dining varieties.
Can reach up to three feet and average 6 to 8 pounds.
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 167 | Protein 21 (g) | Fat 9 (g) | Saturated Fat 1 (g) | Sodium 47 (mg) | Cholesterol 62 (mg) |
Known as “Silvers,” Coho Salmon have garnered wide consumer appeal. They are well-known as a game or sport fish and excellent table fare for those desiring only moderately high fat content.
Perfect for grilling, broiling, baking, smoking, poaching and steaming.
Average weight is 12 pounds and range from 25 to 35 inches in length.
Good quality fish that stays “fresh” even when frozen.
Average fish size is 25 – 35 inches, 7 – 12 pounds.
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 183 | Protein 27 (g) | Fat 7 (g) | Saturated Fat 2 (g) | Sodium 53 (mg) | Cholesterol 57 (mg) |
Alaskan Keta Salmon
Also known as Chum, Keta Salmon has shown more popularity due to the declining numbers of King, Sockeye and Coho. The salmon is firm with an orange-pink color and lighter flavor.
Keta Salmon is very good for smoking or fish ‘n chips.
Average fish size is 25 – 27 inches, 6 – 17 pounds.
Serving Size 3.5 oz. | Calories 153 | Protein 26 (g) | Fat 5 (g) | Saturated Fat 1 (g) | Sodium 64 (mg) | Cholesterol 94 (mg) |