Sturgeon Loaf from “Strictly Fish”

September 2nd, 2009

Even though retention and sales of white sturgeon caught in the Select Areas close on Sunday, September 6, 2009, over 2,000 sturgeon remain in the commercial quota for late fall gillnet fisheries on the Columbia River mainstem.  Perhaps now would be a good time to post another old favorite from Strictly Fish, the North Coast Fishermen’s Wives cookbook.

A great many of us who grew up in the Pacific Northwest at one time or another have eaten salmon loaf. It used to be standard Friday fare in school lunchrooms, church potlucks, and summer camps back in the hey day of the big canneries on the Columbia River. Essentially, it is the equivalent of meat loaf, but made with fish. Some fishing families still make salmon loaf using canned Alaska salmon.

This recipe adds an interesting twist on this theme, because it calls for making fish loaf from sturgeon instead of salmon. The recipe is unattributed in the Strictly Fish cookbook, so we don’t whose recipe box it came from. But perhaps one of our readers will know and can provide an answer. It may have its origins in one of the old trade magazines published by the big canneries. The Columbia River Packers Association-Bumble Bee Seafoods publication often included recipes supplied by its home economics test kitchen staff. Does anyone know?

Sturgeon Loaf

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