Idaho Springs Foods white sturgeon is a firm, white-fleshed, mild-tasting fish which can be prepared like you would a halibut or salmon. Cooking techniques that work for halibut and salmon also work well with sturgeon – grill, sauté, bake or broil using your favorite marinades or finish with a flavorful sauce. The fillet portions we offer are skinless and boneless, and most of the dark meat along the lateral line has been pretrimmed. The lateral line runs the length of the fillet just under the skin, and typically has a fishy flavor that some people like and others prefer to remove.
Our white sturgeon are raised in spring water on our family fish farms located in the Magic Valley. Our family has been raising Idaho white sturgeon since the 1980’s. It was a dream of the patriarch of the family that other people should have the pleasure of consuming sturgeon as he remembered doing as a child growing up in the 1920’s. Back in those days, sturgeon were allowed to be fished from the Snake River, and he recalled that a fisherman lucky enough to land one of those large river dinosaurs would share his catch with everyone in town. His mother would fix him a steak in her cast iron skillet, using the fat beneath the skin as seasoning. Today we are a proud participant in the Idaho White Sturgeon Cooperative, a program jointly operated by Idaho Department of Fish & Game, the College of Southern Idaho and the Idaho Aquaculture Association. This program not only assists IDFG by providing sturgeon for conservation efforts in the Mid Snake River, but also has allowed us to establish a domestic broodstock population so that we can provide farmed sturgeon for sale to restaurants and consumers now and for decades to come.