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Kvarøy (say “kwa-ray”) is a postcard-pretty Norwegian island located on the Arctic Circle.
What Are Salmon Hot Dogs?
Here’s the deal: Kvarøy’s co-packer, Platina Seafood, helped them create a recipe for salmon hot dogs (or, as the Kvarøy team prefers, “hot dogs made from salmon”) in an effort to repurpose the trim and off cuts that would otherwise get made into fertilizer and other not-for-human-consumption products. The salmon in Kvarøy’s dogs is simply the bits of salmon that’s too narrow or small for a fillet.
Another way that these dogs are different: They’re totally suitable for pescatarians. While typical hot dogs are made with beef or pork casings, the salmon dogs are formed in silicone molds and made to look like a traditional hot dog, right down to the puckered ends.
What Do Salmon Hot Dogs Taste Like?
If you like ballpark-style hot dogs, you’ll like Kvarøy’s hot dogs. They come in four different flavors: original, cheese, jalapeño and cheese, and chile and cheese. My spice tolerance is low, so my favorite is the original — it gives off big-time stadium vibes, which is exactly what Kvarøy was aiming for. “Kids typically don’t even know it’s fish,” says Jennifer Bushman, the company’s strategic development officer. Honestly, if you had given it to me in a blind taste-test, I wouldn’t have known.
You can prepare salmon hot dogs however you would cook a beef or pork hot dog, including boiling, grilling, and pan-frying. Bushman notes that the higher direct heat cooking methods, like frying and grilling, result in a slightly “fishier” flavor, so if you’re planning on feeding these to picky eaters, you may want to stick with a simple boil or steam sauté.
Where Can You Buy Salmon Hot Dogs?
Currently, the best place to get these hot dogs is on Amazon. If you live near a Whole Foods store, you’ll likely find Kvarøy salmon there, too; they’re the top provider of salmon for Whole Foods nationwide. Beyond that, Kvarøy is stocked in a few regional grocery chains — Giant Eagle is one — but the company is adding retailers regularly. Bushman notes that arenas and sports stadiums will soon be offering the salmon dogs at their concession stands.
Buy Kvarøoy Arctic Frozen Salmon Hot Dogs