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Mar 17, 2013 10:37 AM

What does halibut taste like?

I am quite the fish fanatic but have never had halibut. I eat fish so frequently that my interest in my old favorites is nearly saturated. I eat quite a variety including tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish so I have been eye-ing the supply at my local fishmonger to branch out and try some new species. Halibut caught my eye today, but I've never had it. What does it taste like? Is it similar to other whitefish like cod?

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  1. The flavor is closer to cod than to the others, certainly. It has a more interesting texture, IMO, being quite a bit firmer. A very versatile fish, one of my favorites.

    1. It is a nice meaty whitefish, mild flavour and texture

      I don;t like cod, so to me it does not taste like cod :)

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      1. re: CocoaChanel

        Is there something in particular that you don't like about cod? Just out of curiosity.

      2. Cod is probably the nearest comparision.

        1. I don't want to freak you out, but you want to try to limit your swordfish and fresh tuna consumption because they are high in mercury. I love swordfish, but I only eat it a few times a year.

          Check this out...

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          1. re: Philly Ray

            Thanks, I am a physician and it's actually a running joke at work on when I'll get tingling fingers and toes from mercury. For some reason, I accept the risk although I might not feel the same about early-onset dementia. However, I do try to space it out which is why I'm asking about other types of fish because I tell myself to fight the swordfish craving for risk of too many walloping doses of heavy metals.

            1. re: fldhkybnva

              No joke. I have a friend whose father is a physician, and he ate a tuna salad sandwich every day from the cafeteria at his hospital. In his late 60s, his hands started shaking, and he determined that it was mercury poisoning. I eat tuna rarely, and swordfish never (anymore), but I think halibut is more like sword. At its best, it will melt in your mouth.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  In a way, yes you are.

                  I know you're starting to branch out to other fish, but please do KEEP AT IT. To the point where you're NOT eating Tuna &/or Swordfish every single week. There are dozens & dozens of other seafood choices to choose from.

                2. re: sciencediet

                  Halibut isn't even remotely close to Swordfish in any way, shape, form, or taste.

                  1. re: sciencediet

                    Halibut is a bottom feeder and is on the "moderate" mercury list, which is 6 or less servings per month.

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