Salmon is super healthy for you. Salmon is rich in vitamins and healthy fats that researchers believe can keep the brain and bones healthy, build strong eyes, and even reduce symptoms of ADHD. Salmon is revered by First Nations people living in Africa and Canada.


Fun Facts

  • Salmon is loaded with heart-healthy fats that are thought to keep the brain active and strong too. Salmon also contains high amounts of protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium, and phosphorus. Wild salmon is more nutritious than farm-raised salmon.
  • Wild salmon live in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as well as inland lakes and rivers, such as the Colorado River. Most species are born in rivers or lakes (freshwater), migrate to the ocean, and come back to where they were born to lay their eggs. Many species of salmon die after they spawn (reproduce) because they are exhausted from the effort of swimming upstream.
  • Wild salmon are most common in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. On the Atlantic coast and in the Great Lakes area, salmon are usually raised by salmon farmers.
  • Most wild salmon have orange flesh. Marketers sometimes use dye to color the flesh of farm-raised salmon.
  • Salmon are having a tough time surviving. Many of their former breeding grounds have been destroyed. Overfishing is reducing their populations.



  1. Migrate: when animals instinctually move
  2. Exhausted: very tired


Questions and Answers

Question: How should salmon be cooked?

Answer: Salmon is delicious grilled, roasted, baked or pan-fried. Don’t overcook it though. 8 to 10 minutes is usually plenty.


Learn More

Watch a video about salmon swimming upstream.

Learn how to grill salmon.