Thornyhead rockfish, Sebastolobus altivelis/alascanus

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Illustration by Ubaldo Riboni

Description: Rockfish is a common term for several species of fish, named for their affinity to hide among rocks. One such variety is the thornyhead, native to the cold waters off the Pacific Ocean. It is bright red in color with accents of black and pale gray.

Availability: May-February 

Taste: Rockfish is firm, lean, and mild-flavored with a nutty accent. Its flavor profile lends itself to a wide range of rubs, marinades, and sauces

Nutrition: Rockfish is a good source of niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium.