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Fresh Black Cod/Sablefish/Butterfish

Has anyone seen fresh black cod (also known as sablefish or butterfish) in an SF fish market recently? I'm trying to track some down for a dinner party this weekend.

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  1. I bought some in Whole Foods south of market last weekend.

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      1. re: Debra Stuart

        I purchased it several times over the past months at SOMA Whole Foods. Every time I've wanted some, they've had plenty in stock.

      2. I've also bought it at Bryan's in Laurel Village. Cal Mart Laurel Village butchers/mongers can also carry it, and advised me to call a couple days ahead so they can be sure to have it.

        1. Nijiya, a Japanese grocery store in Japantown (corner of Post & Webster), always has black cod. It may be labeled by its Japanese name: "Gindara". But it's usually sliced crosswise and don't know if that suits how you want it.

          1. Anybody know nowadays where I can find black cod? I'm in soma, whole foods still carry it?

            1. Costco occasionally carries it, but you have to buy the entire thing rather than the more convenient fillets that WF provides (and charges 2.5x for).

              You can also pick it up any day from a quality Japanese market like Nijiya, which calls it "gindara" and slices it into small individual portions.

              1. I'd try an Asian market - I've seen whole black cod at 99 Ranch before.

                1. I bought some black cod a couple of weeks ago at Seafood Center on Clement net. 9th and 10th, 12.99 per pound for the filets.

                  1. $19.99(!) a pound at Berkeley Bowl West on New Year's Eve.

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                    1. re: sydthekyd

                      We used to buy "black cod" for about $10 per pound (at the Bowl) and it is a favorite for me -- very soft and moist. Then almost overnight the price jumped to $20 per pound (filet) where it's been for some years. When I asked about the price jump, the fish guy said "the Chinese discovered it."
                      But that price is for the filets.
                      A few months ago Whole Foods (Berkeley) had the whole fish, about 3 pounds. The sign said "locally caught -- Half Moon Bay". The price varied -- as I recall it was about $6 per pound for the whole fish, but it went on sale from time to time.

                      1. re: Joel

                        >"the Chinese discovered it."

                        The Hudson Fish people say there's a shortage because new regulations prohibited fishing in many of the places the black cod liked to be in. A lot of the fish in Chinese places is tilipia, and prices for that fish remain low.

                        1. re: ernie in berkeley

                          I think the implication was that the "Chinese" were the people in China, not the locals. But that's just rumor plus my interpretation.

                          I saw "whole" Black Cod today in W Foods, $9 per pound -- but they were previously frozen, and were gutted and headless. The whole ones I saw some months ago had the heads on and were labeled "fresh off the boat".

                          1. re: Joel

                            My experience is that black cod freezes very well, so that could be a really good deal.