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Jul 30, 2014 06:59 AM

Why don't I see Golden TileFish in stores?

We've been getting (OMG Fabulous) golden tilefish from a fishmonger who comes to our Saturday morning farmers market. I'd never heard of this fish before a few weeks ago. I've done some research on it and it appears that it's a recovering fishery but one that is fished year round - is that why I haven't seen it in stores or is it sold under another name? Have you purchased this fish before? We're paying $22/lb which is $$ but so worth it. it's so good.

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  1. Wondering about substitutions of one fish for another, or aliases used, I looked it up. In the markets it is also sold as blue tilefish. I haven't seen either yet, but I'm going to be looking for it. It sounds good.

    As to why it's not seen in stores, I would wager that the controlled nature of the fishery does have something to do with it. Also, the sources I looked at indicated that much of it is sold to upscale restaurants.

    1. Golden tilefish is Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps. Golden is also known as: Golden bass, Golden snapper, Great northern tilefish, and Rainbow tilefish.

      There are many different kinds of tilefish.

      I see fresh, whole tilefish periodically in Asian supermarkets.

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      1. re: Steve

        I hadn't thought to look at the Asian market Steve! We have a very nice one nearby, with a huge fish counter.

        1. re: Steve

          Nothing this week at my Asian market, but I'll keep my eyes out for it there. :)

          Wondering, are there other fishes that are similar in taste and texture? I don't recall ever seeing any type of tilefish for sale in the markets I frequent.