|Many a seafood aficionado expounds the virtues of smoked black cod. He knows which market has the best selection and which menu does his favorite fish the most justice. What he probably doesn't know is that the black cod he so enjoys is no cod at all. It's a Black Cod. And although Black Cod does resemble cod, it does not belong to the codfish family. It's a member, instead, of the Anoplopomatidae family, a group of fish confined to the North Pacific.
Although this premium quality whitefish can attain a length of 40 inches and may weight up to 40 pounds, the average commercially-caught Black Cod measures about two feet long and weighs less than 10 pounds. Thanks to its rich oil content, Alaska Black Cod is exceptionally flavorful and an excellent fish for smoking. Indeed, most of the Black Cod consumed in this country is smoked.
Black Cod came to be appreciated several centuries ago by the Makah Indians who fashioned kelp fishing lines and hemlock hooks to capture their prized fish. Today, most Alaska Black Cod is longlined--in the cold, deep waters of the Bering Sea or in the Gulf of Alaska where the world's largest Black Cod population exists. After it is landed, the Black Cod is usually frozen then, most likely, smoked.
A valuable source of high-quality protein, Alaska Black Cod also furnishes important minerals, among them: iodine, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and calcium. The fats in Black Cod are highly polyunsaturated and thus well-suited to low cholesterol diets.
Serving size: 3oz. Cooked Edible Portion
Calories from Fat 145
Protein (g) 14
Fat (g) 16
Saturated (g) 3
Cholesterol (mg) 55
Total Carbohydrate (g) 0
Dietary Fiber (g) 0
Sugars (g) 0
Sodium (mg) 60
Calcium (mg) 40
Iron (mg) 1.5
Vitamin A 430 RE
Black Cod is especially appealing to the operator because it can be easily prepared in a variety of ways. Simply season with salt, pepper and favorite herb, then sprinkle with lemon juice and microwave. Or sauté and serve with wine butter sauce. Alaska Black Cod can be marinated then grilled or broiled. It can also, of course, be baked, poached, steamed or stir-fried. Fresh/frozen Black Cod is available year-round; marketed in whole dressed fillet and steak form.
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, 311 North Franklin Street, Suite 200, Juneau, Alaska 99801-1147;(907)465-5560; Fax (907) 465-5572.
Or call the Seattle Office at (425) 451-7464, Fax (425) 451-9795.