It contains a few essential amino acids that are beneficial to muscle repair and is considered a better alternative to meat for athletes.

Salmon is best when accompanied with salt and a dash of citrus. Wasabi is also used with salmon. There are many species of salmon, and some of them are leaner than the king salmon, which are frequently used worldwide. In the leaner types of salmon, the harasu or the salmon belly is appreciated for the oilier texture. There is also a type of young salmon called the keiji (infant salmon) which can only  be found in 10,0000 catches. They are very high in sweet oil which can only be tasted in these young salmon.