Rockfish Flavor Profile

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Rockfish is a broad name for over 70 varieties of fish which are sometimes referred to as Pacific Snapper. Rockfish are a lean fish and have a mild, sweet flavor with a nutty accent.  The flesh has a medium-firm texture with medium sized flakes.

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Alternate Names

Pacific Ocean Perch, Pacific Snapper, Rock Cod, Black Bass, Widow Rockfish, Canary Rockfish, Chilipepper Rockfish, Vermilion Rockfish, Boccacio Rockfish, Yellowtail Rockfish, Copper Rockfish, Quillback Rockfish. Yelloweye Rockfish, Thornyhead Rockfish.

Rockfish Description (Sebastes …)

There are over 70 varieties of Rockfish.  Their skin color ranges from black to green to red, with the brighter colored fish coming from the deepest waters.  Some are mostly a solid color while others have stripes or splotches. Rockfish average between 2-5 Lbs but can get as big as 40 Lbs. They have a long life span, reaching ages up to 200 years old. Rockfish are part of the Scorpaenidae family (think scorpian), and as such they have mildly venomous spines which can cause pain, irritation, and infection.

Although some Rockfish are commercially targeted, most are a bycatch. As a species, they are a very slow growing fish and are thus susceptible to overfishing. The most common commercially sold Rockfish include: Canary, Chilipepper, Pacific Perch, Thornyhead, Vermillion, Yelloweye and Widow.

Fresh Rockfish Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Rockfish is a by-catch fish and so has inconsistent availability.

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Rockfish Butchering Yield Percentage

ItemTo Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Head/On gutted49%40% 
Whole Head/Off gutted86%70% 
Skin/On Fillets82%If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.
For detailed butchering yield % and recovery see Rockfish Yield Percentage
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.

 

Range & Habitat

Rockfish natural Range & LocationAquaMaps     Data sources: GBIF

There are over 70 varieties of Rockfish.  The North American species range is shown here.  Some are found only in small regions within this large area. They inhabit a range of depths from the intertidal zone to 9,800 feet deep.

In general, there are very few USA East Coast Rockfish species.  Most of the North American species inhabit the Pacific Ocean from Japan north through the Berring Sea and Aleutian Islands and south to Baja, California.

Typical Wholesale Products

Live, Whole, H&G, Fillets

Rockfish Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch MethodCatch
Region
Seafood
Watch
Ocean
Wise
Sea
Choice
Mercury
Concerns
Aurora RockfishRock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean PerchWild – Hook & Line, Jig, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png  
Wild – Bottom TrawlUS – Alaska  Red-Dot_20.png  
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada
  Red-Dot_20.png  
Black Rockfish
Sebastes melanops
Black Snapper, Black Bass, Black Rock Cod, Sea BassWild – Hook & Line, Jig, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA  Green-icon_20.pngModerate    
Wild – Hook & Line, JigUS – Alaska  Green-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Red-Dot_20.png
Bocaccio Rockfish, Sebastes paucispinisRock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean PerchWild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png Moderate  
Wild – Bottom TrawlUS – Alaska  Red-Dot_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada
  Red-Dot_20.png
Brown Rockfish
Sebastes auriculatus
Pacific Ocean Perch, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Rock Cod, Sea BassWild – Hook & Line, JigUS – Alaska  Green-icon_20.png Moderate    
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Red-Dot_20.png
Canary Rockfish, Sebastes pinnigerRock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean PerchWild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.pngModerate
  
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada
  Red-Dot_20.png
Wild – Bottom TrawlUS – Alaska  Red-Dot_20.png
China Rockfish
Sebastes nebulosus
Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean PerchWild – Hook & Line, JigUS – Alaska  Green-icon_20.pngModerate
    
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Red-Dot_20.png
Copper Rockfish, Sebastes caurinus

Rock Cod, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Ocean PerchWild – Hook & Line, JigUS – Alaska  Green-icon_20.pngModerate
   
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA, AK
Canada – outside Juan de Fuca Strait
  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Yellow-icon_20.png
Wild – Bottom TrawlCanada – inside Juan de Fuca Strait  Red-Dot_20.png
Darkblotched Rockfish, Sebastes crameri Wild – Bottom Longline, Hook & Line, Jig, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png 
Wild – Bottom TrawlUS – Alaska  Red-Dot_20.png 
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada
  Red-Dot_20.png 
Rougheye Rockfish
Sebastes aleutianus
Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Pacific Perch, Rock CodWild – Bottom LonglineUS –  WA, OR, CAYellow-icon_20.png Green-icon_20.png 
Wild – Botton TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA, AKYellow-icon_20.png Yellow-icon_20.png 
Wild – Longline, Jig, TrollCanada – BCRed-Dot_20.png Red-Dot_20.png 
Vermillion RockfishPacific Perch, Pacific Snapper, Red Snapper, Rock CodWild – Longline, Bottom Longline, Jig, Midwater TrawlUS – Alaska  Yellow-icon_20.png 
Wild – Bottom Trawl  Red-Dot_20.png 
Wild – Longline, Bottom Longline, Midwater Trawl, Bottom TrawlCanada, US – WA, OR, CA  Red-Dot_20.png 
Widow Rockfish Wild – TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA  Green-icon_20.png> 
Canada – BC  Red-Dot_20.png 
Yelloweye Rockfish
 Wild – Longline, Jig, Troll Canada – BC (inside)  Yellow-icon_20.png 
Canada – BC (outside)  Red-Dot_20.png 
Calico Rockfish, Sebastes dalli
Gopher Rockfish, Sebastes carnatus
Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – CA  Yellow-icon_20.png 
Bank Rockfish, Sebastes rufus
Blackgill Rockfish, Sebastes melanostomus
Chilipepper Rockfish, Sebastes goodei
Cowcod Rockfish, Sebastes levis
Flag Rockfish, Sebastes rubrivinctus

Wild – Bottom Longline, Bottom Trawl, Hook & Line, Midwater TrawlUS – WA, OR, CA
Canada
  Red-Dot_20.png 
Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.

 Green-icon_20.png = Best Choice/Recommended     Yellow-icon_20.png = Good Alternative     Red-Dot_20.png = Avoid/Not Recommended

 

Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat161
* Protein grams 32.2
* Fat grams 2.7
* Saturated fat grams .7
* Sodium milligrams 103
* Cholesterol milligrams 60
* Omega-3 grams .7
more Rockfish nutrition info

 

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