Whether you have never been to Anchorage or it is one of your favorite travel destinations (or you are a local looking to mix up your dinnertime routine), incorporating ingredients and recipes native to Alaska is a great way to expand your culinary horizons. Try any of these recipes and you feel like you've taken a small vacation to Anchorage.
Alyeska Blueberry MuffinsMakes 8 servings, ready in 30 minutes
Highbush blueberries grow more abundantly than their lowbush counterparts and are not as sweet, making them the perfect addition to these muffins. They favor cold winters, making them a common sight in not only Alaska but also the northern contiguous United States.
Rhubarb Crumb CoffeecakeMakes 16 servings, ready in 1 1/2 hours
Rhubarb’s naturally bitter flavor pairs well in sweet recipes such as pies and this crumb-topped coffeecake. It is in season April through June.
Prepare crumb topping, combining ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Sprinkle cake batter with a crumb topping and gently press it down. Bake for 40 minutes if using fresh rhubarb, and 50 minutes if using frozen rhubarb.
Beer-Battered Alaska HalibutMakes 6 servings, ready in 45 minutes
Alaska halibut is best known for its mild, slightly sweet flavor and adaptability in recipes. This recipe is best served with Alaska Yukon Gold potato chips and coleslaw made from giant Alaska cabbages.
Test one piece: coat halibut in batter, add to oil, fry for four minutes two minutes on each side, flipping with tongs. Using a fork, split the piece in half to check for doneness; if it does not split easily or the middle of the piece is not opaque, it is not completely cooked. Repeat this process with remaining halibut pieces. Serve warm with tartar sauce.
Salmon CakesMakes 10-12 servings, ready in 2 hours
Five different species of salmon are native to Alaska. These salmon cakes make a great alternative to traditional hamburgers or can be served as a main course similar to how you might enjoy crab cakes. Try making them miniature-size for the perfect appetizer.
To the bowl, add the salmon and hash browns. Add in the mayonnaise, mustard, egg, dill, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add more mayonnaise as needed. Mix until just combined.
Form into 10–12 patties. Roll in panko and cook in olive oil until browned on both sides are heated through.
Both natives and tourists alike will find Alaskan cuisine fresh, flavorful, and unique. These recipes highlight ingredients unique or native to the region – such as halibut, salmon, wild blueberries, and rhubarb – to create new, delicious dishes that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Try something new for dinner tonight and consider it a brief trip into the Alaska wilderness.