how much salmon to purchase for 10 guests

I'll be preparing salmon baked on rock salt for 10 and am wonder how much salmon to purchase. Any advice?

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a Whole Foods Market Customer

I recommend between 6-8 ounces per person for an entree, 2-3 ounces per for a plated appetizer. 6 ounces works out to about 0.4 lbs, so you can do the math easily when you go shopping.

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Make sure all of your guests like salmon. I've been invited to dinner twice with salmon being served, and it's one of the few things I can't even force myself to eat.

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em-i-lis
em-i-lis March 1, 2012

3 pounds should be sufficient as I assume you'll also be serving sides?? Yum!

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ChefJune
ChefJune March 1, 2012

I always plan on 6 ounces of fish per serving for a main course. I would probably buy 4 pounds, because should an extra guest materialize, you could wangle an extra serving .

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff March 1, 2012

I'd also get 4 or maybe even 5 pounds, depending, of course, on how much else you're serving. When it comes to salmon, I always try to have leftovers and all-too-seldom actually get them.

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amysarah
amysarah March 1, 2012

I'd err towards 5 lbs. - accounts for any unusable bits of a whole fish, plus I prefer having a bit too much than too little - I find it makes serving a 'communal' fish a little more relaxed. (With a filet pre-cut into individual portions, or salmon steaks, I'll be more precise and figure 6-8 oz/person.) Also, as Greenstuff said, leftover salmon is a great reward the next day.

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