Delicacies of Alaska
Alaska is one of the most fascinating states in the country. But, among the many things that make Alaska so incredible, its unique flavors and foods are an attraction all on their own.
We will now cover some of the most beloved Alaskan delicacies for those who are thinking about visiting America’s Last Frontier.
Pacific Smoked Salmon
There is a wide abundance of salmon in Alaska, but specifically, the salmon from the Pacific Ocean is something you need to try.
Smoked salmon is a beloved dish in the state, which can come from the five species of wild salmon native to the state including Chum, Canadian King Salmon, Sockeye, Pink, and Coho.
With a silky, yet firm texture, and a briny, bold flavor, smoked salmon is extremely versatile, and is flavorful enough to enjoy all on its own.
One of the most unique delicacies that you can find in Alaska is akutaq, or Eskimo ice cream. The word akutaq comes from the Yupiq word that means ‘mixed together’.
While most ice cream that you’re familiar with is sweet and creamy, akutaq is made from reindeer fat, seal oil, berries, fresh snow, and on occasion, ground fish.
Locals eat akutaq either as a dessert, a snack, or a spread, usually as a dish eaten during celebrations.
The reindeer dog is an Alaskan take on the continental United States’ beloved hot dog. Instead of beef or pork, the reindeer dog is made from caribou as well.
Another hallmark of the reindeer dog is the Coca-Cola-deglazed onions, in addition to the steamed bun and cream cheese, mustard, and ketchup.
These sausages have become so popular, they’re even now sold in other parts of the country–though you’ll need to travel to Alaska to get the authentic reindeer dog.
When you’re visiting up North, you’ll want to check out muktuk, which is a traditional Inuit dish made from frozen whale skin and blubber.
Muktuk is commonly made from bowhead whales, though beluga and narwhal are sometimes used as well. It’s typically sliced thin, sprinkled with salt, then eaten raw.
If you’re still unsure about the sound of it, muktuk has a tender and delicate texture, and some say it tastes like coconut, while others say it’s more similar to fried eggs.
The final Alaskan delicacy that we’ll cover is berry cobbler. Alaska is known for its bountiful berry harvest, so incorporating these refreshing fruits into a sweet treat is a great way to celebrate the region.
Some of the berries common to the area include blueberries and some lesser-known fruits like cloudberries and lingonberries.
In many locations, you’ll be able to find a berry cobbler that highlights the fruits with a cakey base and sugary berry mixture on top.
So, if you’re planning on making a trip to Alaska for the expansive vistas and incredible wildlife, make sure you take the time to try out some of these delicious delicacies as well!
– Written by Bailey Schramm in partnership with silverware wholesaler, Silver Superstore.