Species Name:Sebastes spp.
There are many rockfish in the sea… over 70 members of the rockfish family populate the Pacific from Alaska to Mexico. Yellow eye, spot belly, Chilipepper – a colorful collection of characteristics and names to match.
Where – Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska, California
How – Longline, trolling, trap, gillnet
Rockfish have a wonderful flavor – sweet, almost nutty, with a firm texture and nice flakes when cooked. Great for roasting, baking, broiling or sautéing – Rockfish also works great in soups and stews. Although you can grill the whole fish, the fillets are a bit delicate.
For Your Menu
No matter how you cook it, this is a delicious fish. Highlight its Pacific Northwest origins with some wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, or top it with fresh Dungeness crab meat. If it’s coming from California’s Central Coast – let your customers know it’s local!
For Your Waitstaff
Fishermen know what’s good – and they love rockfish! It’s a popular meal on fishing vessels up and down the Pacific. Encourage your customers to drink regionally – do you have wine from the Oregon or Washington on your menu? Pick a local Pinot Noir for a great geographic pairing.