Originally Posted by HEUBrewer
Steelhead and Salmon belong to the same family. In my opinion the taste are the same
Not exactly. Steelhead is a ocean going trout, and steelhead trout are a unique species.
However, the species (Oncorhynchus myskiss) belongs to the same family (Salmonidae) as do all salmon, other trout and chars. So, if someone says Steelhead is a salmon, that is not correct, but if they say it is from the family Salmonidae, they are correct. Just a little confusing.
Steelhead trout do bear some similarities to some Pacific salmon. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, steelhead are born in freshwater streams where they spend the first one to three years of their lives. Then, they move out to the ocean where they spend another one to four growing seasons. The steelhead then return to their native freshwater streams to spawn.
“Unlike Pacific salmon, steelhead do not necessarily die after spawning and are able to spawn more than once,” says Fish & Wildlife.
Oh and flavors are very different.