Salmon vs Steelhead: Differences and Similarities

 You might have noticed the Steelhead in the seafood aisle in your local grocery market, maybe even near the salmon products, and there’s a good reason for that! When it comes to trout at Visscher Seafood, we process and distribute Kames’ Steelhead Trout. But what is Steelhead Trout exactly, and what makes Kames’ Steelhead such an exceptional fish?

Wat is Steelhead Trout

The Steelhead Trout is the same species as the rainbow trout, but naturally migrates to the sea. Like salmon, is an anadromous fish. This means that this species swim up-river from the sea to spawn. The meat has the same distinctive color as salmon, and is sometimes even slightly deeper in color. The fish does tend to be slightly shorter, which is also reflected in the shape of the fillet, which is marbled just like a salmon fillet.


Both salmon and steelhead trout belong to the family of salmonids and can be wild or farm raised. Steelhead and salmon are often confused because they share some characteristics like texture, appearance and taste. Overall, Steelhead contains slightly less fat and calories compared to salmon, and nearly the same amount of protein per serving. It also has a slightly firmer texture and sweeter flavor than salmon.

Kames’ Steelhead Trout

As Scotland’s oldest family-run fish farm, Kames have been growing fish in loch waters since 1972. Using their own brood stock, they grow their fish in the mineral-rich currents of the inner Hebrides; a superb habitat for the Steelhead. Since the end of 2021, we have proudly partnered with Kames as the exclusive processor and distributor for Northern Europe.

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