CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE FISH FROM OUR FISH PROFILES AND THEN BRANCH OUT FROM THERE!
The Seafood Sherpa site contains almost 150 fish profiles, detailing almost every type of fish commonly available to US consumers. It lists the type of fish and then as many alternative names for that fish as I could find. I have chosen the most common name for each fish as the title for the page, but if you do not find what you are looking for, the search function is pretty good. The search bar is located at the bottom of any main page and you can use it to find any recipe for that particular fish as well as the fish profile. I think the list is pretty inclusive, but I am always looking to improve it. If you know a fish that I haven’t covered, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The profiles include a photo of the fish, the alternative names, the Monterey Bay Seafoodwatch recommendation, a description of how it is typically prepared, a list of similar fish, a description of its flavor and texture, and a fun fact about that fish. For this challenge, choose a fish that you know you like. Check out the fish profile, and choose from the alternatives listed. Hopefully, there is something new that you haven’t tried. By choosing a fish that you know you like, and then branching out to a similar fish that is new, you can broaden your horizons a little bit without the fear that it will be too strange. You can do this several times to get further and further outside your comfort zone.
Alternative Names: Yellowfin snapper
Monterey Bay Recommendation: Good alternative unless it comes from Brazil. Avoid Brazilian yellowtail snapper.
Uses in Cooking: This versatile fish is great in just about any preparation other than smoking. Because they are so highly regarded, they are often cooked with simple preparations to highlight their flavor.
Similar Fish: Red snapper, white seabass, redfish
Description: This fish is often considered the best of the snappers. Its firm succulent meat holds moisture well and has a full flavor that is pleasing and consistent.
Fun Facts: Yellowtails are unique among snappers in that they prefer to feed from the bottom . While most snappers feed on small fish, these rely more heavily on crustaceans and worms.