National Marine Fisheries Service

10/14/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/14/2020 07:29

Eight Delicious Fish You May Not Have Tried

Eating more seafood is a great way to improve bone strength, brain development, and immuneand cardiovascular systems. It also gives you an exciting opportunity to branch out from your tried-and-true recipes and try some lesser-known fish.

You can support our nation's sustainable seafoodindustry-and the working waterfront communities that rely on it-by cooking with fish harvested in the United States. Check out these recipes to expand your recipe rotation.

Acadian Redfish

Thanks to its mild flavor and flaky texture, acadian redfishis perfect for making fish tacos. You can also use it in place of a haddockor similar fish. Caught by U.S. fishermen from Maine to New York, Acadian redfish is low in saturated fat. It's also a good source of proteins and other nutrients important to human health.

  • Spicy redfish tacos
  • Acadian redfish with chimichurri
Acadian redfish with chimichurri. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Atlantic Pollock

U.S.-harvested Atlantic pollockcomes from fishermen from Maine to Virginia. It has a higher oil content than popular members of the cod family, including haddockand Alaskan pollock. That means it has a stronger flavor, and its texture is firm with coarse flakes. Atlantic pollock is very low in saturated fats. It's also a great source of protein, vitamin B12, phosphorus, and selenium.

  • Pollock encrusted with carmelized onion
  • Pollock fish parcels

Dover Sole

In Dover sole, you'll find a meaty texture and mild, sweet flavor. This flatfish hails from the Pacific waters of Alaska through California. Dover sole can be prepared a number of ways and is great roasted, grilled, or sauteed. It's low in fat, high in protein, and a good source of calcium.

  • Dover sole with orange sherry wine sauce, fresh herbs, and petite tomatoes
  • Sole sliders
Whole grilled Pacific mackerel, roquette, heirloom tomato, hazelnut and borlotti bean salad. Credit: Chef Drew Deckman.


If you're looking for a rich flavor, mackerelis a great option. You may have seen species of mackerel served as a special dish in sushi restaurants. At home, you can bake, barbeque, grill, smoke, and pan fry mackerel. However you prepare it, a mackerel is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, selenium, and vitamins B6 and B12.

  • Herb broiled mackerel steaks
  • Pan roasted mackerel with roasted fingerling potatoes and horseradish cream


Opah-aka moonfish-is caught by U.S. fishermen off California and Hawaii and in the surrounding high seas. It has a distinctive rich, creamy taste and seven cutswith different textures, providing you with a lot of options for how to cook it. Try swapping opah into your favorite tuna or swordfish recipe. It's a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus, and selenium. It's also low in sodium.

  • Grilled spice-rubbed opah
  • Opah chili

Seafood industry and scientists team up to make the most of opah

Culinary engineering approach to increase use of opah

Opah Chili by Tommy the Fishmonger. Credit: Catalina Offshore Products, San Diego, CA.


Scup, with its lean flesh and a mild flavor, are usually sold and cooked whole. Their small bones make filleting difficult. Instead, try cooking them up whole in a pan, on the grill, or in the oven for an easy and delicious meal. Commercially harvested in the United States from Massachusetts to North Carolina, scup is a low-sodium, low-fat source of protein. It's also high in niacin, phosphorus, vitamins B6 and B12, and selenium.

  • Pan fried scup
  • Grilled scup
Grilled whole scup. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Luis Leandro.

Shortspine Thornyhead

Commonly sold as Pacific rockfish, shortspine thornyheadis caught by U.S. fishermen from the Bering Sea to Baja California, Mexico. This species has a sweeter flavor than other rockfish. Its firm, coarse-flake texture makes it well suited to be grilled, sauteed, poached, baked, or deep fried. Shortspine thornyhead is high in selenium, which is importantfor thyroid function, DNA production, and protecting the body from infection damage.

  • Pan roasted rockfish with crab and tomato salsa fresca
  • Shallow poached Pacific rockfish with apples and almonds

Sustainable rockfish return to market

Find more recipesfor the U.S. seafood you love on FishWatch. Want to learn more about seafood but don't know where to start? FishWatchalso arms you with the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable-from the ocean or farm to your plate. Get up-to-date information on the status of harvested marine fish and farmed fish, and learn more about various aspects of U.S. seafood.