I'm going to attempt a recipe this weekend that called for large cod cheeks. I can't say I've ever seen those for sale. Does anyone know if those are available in Seattle anywhere?
If not, what is a good substitution? I would guess 1 halibut cheek cut in half would equal one large cod cheek? Or would a sea scallop be better?
I've only seen them once in 20+ years of shopping SEA's fish mongers and I don't even remember for sure whether I got them at Uwajimaya or Whole Foods. They're delicious and I would urge hounds to grab them if they ever see them.
In your case, I would definitely call around, Mutual, University Seafood, Uwajimaya, etc. But halibut cheeks will make a good substitution.
it takes a cod of the size that is seldom caught these days to produce salable cheeks so these delicacies are increasingly rare - halibut cheeks will translate better than sea scallops (which will be too soft and rich) but will lack a certain depth of flavor, probably unoticeable to most diners.
Whole Foods also carries halibut cheeks. I bought some the last time I was there - they had a good range of sizes. My preference is for the smaller cheeks as I find the larger ones a bit tough.