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Cooking Pollack

A great alternative to eating Cod

I cannot ever remember seeing pollack on a restaurant menu. It has always been viewed as a last option to cod but I think this is unfair. I believe pollock is a good example of the kind of snobbish attitude shown towards alternative species which plays a big part in the current crisis we see with dwindling stocks.

There has to be a substantial change in people’s perception of eating seafood if we are ever to get out of the mess that we are in. The demand for cod and haddock is unrelenting, the stocks are becoming ever smaller and the prices are¬†reaching all time highs. I am not a fan of the term ‘educating’ people especially from chefs, ‘polite and regular persuasion’ would be more my idea.

That said, if we are to persuade the consumer to eat alternative fish we need to make the price more acceptable, ¬£10.50 per kilo for pollack isn’t going to do it, unlike me the homecook isn’t going to sell it so there has to be some incentive.

pollack

Pollock is just as versatile as cod and any cod recipes can be easily swapped, like cod it can withstand vigorous cooking methods and bold flavours so don’t be afraid to experiment. I like to serve it with the skin crispy and sprinkled with rock salt, skinless chunks can be poached in a fish stew or curry and it makes a worthwhile alternative to deep-fried cod or haddock.

December is the last month to buy pollock before the spawning season begins in January and runs until April.

6 Comments

  1. Derfel Cadarn says:

    Chef,
    very interesting indeed.
    I think people are bogged down in regional tradition, given the opportunity I’m sure many would try different fish.

    Interesting you mention Cod for example, where I come from nobody really eats cod - only haddock !
    Cheers
    DC

    December 2, 2007 @ 10:06 am

  2. miles says:

    DC,
    That’s possibly down to cod worms as much as concern over fishing quotas I would suggest!
    Miles

    December 2, 2007 @ 10:18 am

  3. Elsie Nean says:

    Miles,
    I have not heard of this fish before and would agree with DC. It is generally a case of education and somehow the opportunity has to be there for people to try various fish. It has to be affordable too, as you said.

    December 2, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

  4. Derfel Cadarn says:

    Miles
    absolutely, it’s been that way since fish was in abundance.
    DC

    December 2, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

  5. Just Andrew says:

    good timing - I just bought some Pollack at the store and was wondering how to cook it.

    going to attempt to pan fry it, then chop it up and put it in an enchilada.

    December 8, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

  6. miles says:

    Andrew,
    A good idea! Fish enchiladas are great. Hope it works well. Thanks for taking the time to comment and welcome to the site.
    Regards
    Miles

    December 9, 2007 @ 7:01 am

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