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Mar 25, 2009 11:02 AM

Black Cod - Monterey Fish - Yum!

bought a beautiful piece of Black Cod ( Sablefish/Butterfish ) from Monterey Fish yesterday. I've had this type of fish before but this piece was noticeably fresh...... the rich texture reminds me of Chilean Sea Bass. This is a great type of fish for those afraid to cook fish - would be almost impossible to overcook this fish. it was caught locally - Bolinas IIRC. Monterey Fish continues to offer great seafood. they have a big bucket of ice for transporting your purchase home........(self serve)

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  1. Gordon, thanks for posting about local black cod (aka gindara). I was just thinking about it too, as it is an unsung local catch. I've only had it at Chinese, Japanese, and Korean restaurants for the most part around here, but recently had a sumptuous panroasted example at Mantra (Cal-Indian) in Palo Alto.

    I bought a filet of black cod from the Santa Rosa Seafood booth at the Santa Rosa farmers market last month, and it was so fresh. I just seasoned it and broiled it in the toaster oven, nothing could be easier. I think it was $15 per lb. Santa Rosa Seafood tucks a baggie of crushed ice in with your purchase.

    Monterey Fish: Retail
    1582 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

    Santa Rosa Seafood
    946 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

    1. Agreed -- so easy and delicious. I like to marinate black cod in miso or kasu (sake lees) and then broil.

      Is there someplace in San Francisco to get a good deal on a large quantity of black cod (5-6 lbs.)?

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      1. re: david kaplan

        Try calling these folks.
        Alioto-Lazio at Fisherman's Wharf

        440 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA

        1. re: david kaplan

          My Sushi Benefactor made dinner for me last night, black cod marinated in miso and mirin. He buys it regularly from H & H Fish of Santa Cruz at the farmers market in Sunnyvale or Palo Alto.

          For the quantity you're seeking, you might try cash and carry with one of the SF wholesalers, as that would be a trade size order.

          H & H Fresh Fish
          339 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

          1. re: david kaplan

            Not sure about now, but about a month ago I bought local black cod at JR Seafood Wholesale. I had them cut me a smaller piece, but larger amounts were definitely available - i think they are primarily wholesale, but have a storefront and display case too for consumers.

            They are right near the corner of Oakdale and Bayshore, nearish to Alemany Farmer's Market and close to the produce terminal.

            JR Seafood Wholesale & Retail
            310 Bayshore Blvd, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: Dave MP

              Thanks -- but too late for last night's Seder! Next year in the produce terminal!

          2. Hudson Fish usually has black cod fillets at various Berkeley farmers' markets. I think it's around $12 a pound.


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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Unfortunately, I don't eat much fish but after reading this thread, decided to go to the Seafood Center of Clement St. Purchased a beautiful piece of black cod priced at $9.99/lb. Rinsed and dried it at home, drizzled little olive oil, sprinkled salt and pepper and broiled under broiler for 3-4 minutes per side. Beautiful fish, very "buttery" in texture, produced good amount of liquid as well. As others have indicated, seems like it would be a forgiving fish in terms of cooking. Served it over a bed of sauteed spinach. A new favorite dish.

                1. re: poulet_roti

                  Good price! Yes, it does shrink more than firmer fishes.

                  Seafood Center
                  831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

              2. re: ernie in berkeley

                Bought some black cod/butterfish this weekend from Hudson ...... price was $12.95 lb. It was a nice piece of fish and they offer ice to keep it chilled on the way home.

              3. bought a whole black cod from a fisherman @ half moon bay
                $3 per lb

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                1. re: capriana94555

                  Very cool. About how much does a whole one weigh, and any advice on finding this fisherman?

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    the one that i bought was 4 lbs. ($3X4lb =$12, very very good deal) I saw some bigger ones around 10 lbs.
                    there's a white board in front of the harbor office and it lists what's availabe on the boat.

                    1. re: capriana94555

                      Thanks, that's a great tip. I've been hoping that one of our local smokers will take up smoking sable fish. At that price, it should be economically viable.

                      I also understand that Cook's Seafood in Menlo Park has black cod occasionally.

                      Pillar Point Harbor
                      Princeton Avenue (at Broadway Street), Pillar Point HBR Half Moon Bay, CA