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Apr 18, 2013 03:17 PM

Atlantic vs Pacific Cod - do you have a preference?

While I live on the East Coast, it seems the only cod in the market (previously frozen varieties) is Pacific Cod. I know that cod is quite mild, but I remember it had some natural flavor, less than snapper but more than nearly flavorless but that seems to be the case with the Pacific cod that I have tried. Is there a noticeable flavor difference? Do you have a preference?

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  1. I'm not sure there is any species called
    "Pacific cod." The term "cod" is used
    erroneously for a variety of Pacific
    fish. including socalled black cod
    and ling cod, and a number of rockfish.

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    1. re: mpalmer6c

      I think it's Alaskan, not sure of the particular species but I think either way it's different species than Atlantic.

        1. re: fldhkybnva

          It's basically the same fish on either coast.

      1. Pacific cod is pollack. Cheap cheap cheap. No texture. No flavor. Just a protein platform for somewhere to dump 'flavors' on.
        You can bet your bottom dollar NO ling cod or rock cod especially would ever be sold as 'Pacific cod'.

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        1. re: Puffin3

          Yea, no flavor I can detect and they always call it Alaskan cod

          1. re: Puffin3

            Pacific Cod and Pollack are not the same. 2 different species. And I wouldn't bet my top dollar on the accuracy of any fish labeling. Mislabeling is rampant with almost species.

          2. Pacific Cod is also called True Cod or Grey Cod,
            This fish is highly regulated in the Gulf of Alaska, so it has not been over fished. Pollock and Cod are not the same fish, they are similar… but the average Pacific Cod is 2 to 3 times larger than its cousin the Pollock.

            Black Cod is not really a cod, the proper name is Sable Fish, very rich and high in oil, very delicious.

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            1. re: MichJeep

              I've been buying Alaskan cod both fresh and frozen, and find both quite delicious. I love it best either in a stew with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic, seasoned Spanish-style with smoked paprika and some saffron, or just well-seasoned and sautéed quickly in oil and butter, then topped with garlic butter and lemon and finished in the oven. It's also my favorite for battering and frying for fish and chips, but there are too many good places around here making that; I used to live where the only choice was H. Salt, but L.A. County has more …

            2. For me, Atlantic Cod, but then, Pacific Salmon.


              1. Grey cod is like pollack. Black cod is a form of sable fish.'Epinephelus daemelli. It's fantastic eating.
                Grey cod/pollack/atlantic/pacific cod whatever the marketers call it not so much.

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                1. re: Puffin3

                  Again, Pollack and Cod are different fish.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Yes, different fish, but cod are very Pollock-like and vice-versa. Seems like two different conversations going on here.

                    Can people tell the difference?

                    The primary use for Pollock these days is the filet-o-fish and Krab (surimi). Sadly, for Pollock, that fishery has been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council and McDonald's promotes the sustainability of the FoF with an eco-label on its packaging and pays the MSC a royalty to use their seal of approval.

                    1. re: Stiflers_Mom

                      "Can people tell the difference?"

                      Puffin3 says he can.

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        I never said I could tell the difference. I said they are "similar". The problem is there are a number of local/regional names given to these fish.
                        I did say that 'epinephelus daemelli' are what people refer to as 'Black cod' around here. In Alaska some not-so-scrupulous marketers/restaurants are selling plain old 'Grey cod' as 'Black cod'. Night and day difference in quality. The price of the fish should tip anyone off. Like the difference in price between a 500 gram container of 'snow crab' meat and the same amount of 'crab-flavor inspired' pollack/grey cod or whatever they are currenting calling it.