Also known as:

Pollack, saithe, coalfish, coley, Boston bluefish, big-eyed fish, Pacific tomcod, Atlantic pollock, Pacific pollock or Alaska pollock.


Waters:Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

A member of the cod family, pollock is a long, thin, big-eyed fish ranging from 4 to 35 lbs. The back is greenish-brown or a deeper, charcoal color that fades to a silvery belly.

The color and texture of the flesh varies according to region: Atlantic pollock are tannish-gray and very firm (though slightly oily), while the Pacific variety are white and codlike with a more tender texture. Pollock has a moderate to low fat content and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. The skin is edible.

Best Cooking:

You can prepare pollock as you would cod. Fillets roast, broil, and sautée very nicely. Use the cooked meat, mixed with a potato-and-herb mixture, to make batter-dipped deep-fried fritters.

Buying Tips:

The color of the flesh may vary from fish to fish, but it should be uniform and moist, free of browning, gaping, and signs of drying. Make sure there are no off odors.

Substitutes for Pollock:

Blackfish, cod, flatfish, rockfish, red snapper, whiting.


In the U.S., pollock is the fish of choice for processed seafood. It is often used to make surimi and similar shellfish substitutes. Fish sandwiches, which are popular in restaurants and fast-food establishments, are often prepared with pollock.

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