Cooking Your Catch
Welcome to Southeast Alaska! Ask any newcomer to Ketchikan: one of the top ways locals will welcome you to our community is in inviting you to their home to enjoy lively conversation, a cold brew, and a home-cooked meal featuring their latest catch.
Be it maple-glazed salmon served on a bed of rice and locally-harvested sea asparagus, crab-stuffed halibut baked with finely sliced onions and garlic, battered and fried lingcod dipped in a homemade tartar sauce, or a pile of prawns grilled to perfection, you’ll find the locals eager to share the bounty of our oceans. And, trust us: there is nothing—and we mean nothing—that compares to the taste of fresh-caught fish prepared within just hours of the catch. Most of us will be quick to tell you there is no meal better than the meal you share with friends and family after a long day out fishing.
We doubt you’ll be surprised that here at Baranof Excursions we’re right in culinary step with any good Southeast Alaskan. With us, your fishing experience doesn’t stop after you’ve reeled in your catch. In our opinion, the ultimate denouement of your Alaskan fishing adventure is in savoring the fruits of your labor in an authentic Alaskan dining experience. We are experts and find enjoyment in taking your fresh fish, putting you in a unique environment, and opening the way for you to break bread with your friends and family.
Baranof Excursions has a remote campsite on a wilderness beach south of Ketchikan, ready for your arrival with your fresh-caught fish. Pull up with your guide in one of our boats, and step ashore to meet our campsite host. In just a few short minutes, we’ll quickly cook up a fresh bouillabaisse featuring your catch for you to enjoy by the comfort of a crackling beach fire, accompanied by beautiful views of the rainforest and the wild, rocky shoreline of our private beach.
On arrival back to town, our guides will lay out your fish at our fish cleaning station and help you determine which fish you want to eat and how to prepare it to best meet your culinary desires. Once you’ve made your choice, we’ll run your fresh catch up to our chefs in the Alaska Fish House. By the time, you’re done taking your raingear off, washing your hands, and getting back into your civilian clothes, we’ll have a private table ready for you in our rustic-style dining room, and a expertly prepared meal on its way. Once you’ve settled at your table, enjoy a cold, Alaskan brewed Denali beer or a glass of wine to accompany your meal, and give yourself the chance to relax into an authentic Southeast Alaskan dining experience. (If you like, we encourage you to invite your family members that you left in town, and share in your catch).
If you’re feeling adventurous, you might want to enjoy the benefits of the outdoor grill aboard our 30-foot custom Raider cabin cruiser. Enjoy the rare opportunity to have your fresh-caught fish served up to you on board as artisan fish tacos, complete with our killer Alaskan Fish House coleslaw as a side. The deck of a boat and the backdrop of the ocean herself will be your dining room, and you can easily find yourself enjoying a meal in the middle of nowhere.
Do you have family members at home hankering for a taste of wild-caught Alaskan fish? We can package your fish in one pound, flash-frozen, vacuum-packed portions and send them FedEx Express so you can arrive home to the featured entrée of an incredible, home-cooked meal. Our suggestion? Wow your guests with our Alaska Fish House halibut Olympia or alderwood smoked salmon recipes.
“Cook Your Catch.” If you’re traveling with Princess Cruiselines, you may want to opt for our partner program. Baranof Fishing will help you select your fish and box it up, and then you’ll take it to the gangway, where you’ll be met by a Princess Cruiselines professional chef. You’ll then have the opportunity to discuss your options for prepared dining and, later that evening, you will be served up your freshly caught fish for dinner, much to the envy of surrounding tables and cruiseline guests.
Chef’s Market, Alaska’s Wild & Private Dinner. After several hours of fishing, you’ll come back to the Baranof Excursions dock, where you’ll be met by our personal fish monger and the Celebrity Cruiselines chef. You’ll take photos of the fish, and then talk in detail about the attributes of each fish—which is best for ceviche, baked, fried, or otherwise—and determine which fish you’ll dine on that evening, and how it will be prepared. Not only will you return to the ship with bragging rights, you’ll get to enjoy an intimate, chef-hosted dinner featuring your catch of the day.