Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Feb 1, 2013 08:16 AM

Where to buy orange roughy or sea bass?

I hate fish, but will eat orange roughy or sea bass. I can't find them anymore. Not Costco, not whole foods, trader joes etc... Ralphs has orange roughy but it's frozen in the pre-packaged bags. don't want that.

Hate tilapia, salmon so please don't recommend. To fish experts if I like OR and SB do you think I'll like halibut?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. This is an endangered species.

    2 Replies
    1. re: sr44

      What is the endangered species? Orange roughy or Sea Bass or the Halibut?

    2. Chilean sea bass is endangered; orange roughy is labelled subject to exploitation. Both are carried at the Fish King in Glendale. It seems you like non-fishy white fish in which case you will probably like halibut. You might try mahi-mahi or even cod. If you can find haddock that would be a good choice as well

      2 Replies
      1. re: ebethsdad

        Actually "Chilean sea bass" is not a bass, but a grouper. It is endangered regrettably. And it is imported. Makes great cevichey. There are several fish that are called "sea bass." The local white sea bass is plentiful and very tasty.

        1. re: Baron

          Chilean sea bass is actually the Patagonian toothfish.

      2. Best place I've found for sea bass is San Pedro as the fish is local. The boats bring it in and the local stalls and restaurants sell it very fresh. Orange roughy comes from a distance, I believe, so is never quite as fresh. As a matter of fact, I was craving fresh sea bass the other day, so we had lunch at the 22nd St Seafood Grill in their marina just past the Ports of Call. Sure enough, my sea bass was perfectly mesquite grilled and came with some vegies and rice properly cooked. And it was very fresh. Not fancy or gourmet. Served with a wedge of lemon and some nice tarter sauce. Generous portion too. I took half home for dinner.
        Halibut is not in season right now, so it comes in frozen. I'm talking about ALASKAN halibut which is much better than the local or "pacific" halibut. Fresh Alaskan halibut is great if you can get it. But you'll have to wait for the season to open again...which should be soon, like mid-March.

        5 Replies
        1. re: Baron

          Oops. Alaskan halibut IS Pacific halibut. Hippoglossus stenolepis.

          California halibut is the local halibut and is actually generally considered better tasting, and is more precisely a flounder, not a halibut.

          1. re: Eater15

            Costco sells frozen "Alaska halibut " which is quite good. Brisol farms labels it Pacific Halibut. Same thing. I prefer it over the local halibut which is a much smaller fish.

            1. re: Baron

              I was just correcting you because you said "I'm talking about ALASKAN halibut which is much better than the local or "pacific" halibut." which is wrong.

              California halibut is much smaller than Pacific halibut, true, but it's not small. Any local halibut that's legal to take will yield sizable fillets. MOST people consider the local halibut a tastier fish.

              1. re: Eater15

                MOST people consider the local halibut a tastier fish.

                Are you sure about that? Halibut is priced more than flounder. You may be thinking/saying that local caught Pacific Halibut is more desirable than Alaskan Halibut. But I think California "halibut" is inferior to both.

                "The Pacific Coast halibut is similar to the Atlantic coast species and are often interchanged in markets. the (sic) Atlantic Coast variety is usually higher priced and fresher due the more local harvesting.

                Atlantic and Pacific halibut are also good, with extremely lean, firm, tight-grained white meat. Halibut are delicately flavorful, albeit a bit dry.
                Greenland, California, and black halibut are considered less desirable, from a culinary point of view.

                There is also a price difference between the Pacific Halibut caught on the banks adjacent to the west coast and the Halibut caught on the large banks of western Alaska. The fish caught on the pacific banks are usually firmer, fatter and fresher than the Alaskan variety."


                1. re: Eater15

                  I personally prefer Pacific halibut, but California halibut is fine.

          2. I would say yes, you should like halibut.

            1. Yes on Halibut, unless you can find Crappie on the west coast. SM Seafood will cut you a fresh slice if you pre-order or stop by when they are not busy. If you are shopping at the above mentioned for fish, I understand why you don't like it. Whole Foods will be honest with you and if you call and make a request they'll at least try and let you know what's coming in today. Reel Inn, south Malibu will be straight with you.

              It sounds like you want a "white, flaky fish" trust your senses with fish, it's ok to smell it and the sight of the fish should not look "slimy" ~~~good luck~~~