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Fresh Black Cod/Sablefish/Butterfish

celeste Mar 2, 2007 09:44 AM

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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    Debra Stuart RE: celeste Mar 2, 2007 10:01 AM

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

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      celeste RE: Debra Stuart Mar 2, 2007 10:16 AM

      Thanks! I'll call them.

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        david kaplan RE: Debra Stuart Mar 2, 2007 12:26 PM

        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.

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        rln RE: celeste Mar 2, 2007 11:45 AM

        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.

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          peacemeal RE: celeste Mar 2, 2007 01:42 PM

          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.

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            JoLi RE: celeste Dec 30, 2013 07:14 AM

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

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              Jon914 RE: celeste Dec 30, 2013 10:54 AM

              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.

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                mr_darcy RE: celeste Dec 30, 2013 11:32 PM

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

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                  golfingfool RE: celeste Jan 3, 2014 02:26 PM

                  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.

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                    sydthekyd RE: celeste Jan 3, 2014 06:45 PM

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

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                      Joel RE: sydthekyd Jan 4, 2014 10:00 AM

                      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.

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                        ernie in berkeley RE: Joel Jan 4, 2014 02:30 PM

                        >"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.

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                          Joel RE: ernie in berkeley Jan 4, 2014 04:15 PM

                          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".

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                            ernie in berkeley RE: Joel Jan 4, 2014 04:21 PM

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

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