Rockfish - the "fish-taco-fish"

Rockfish caught along the West Coast come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes!  Most of the rockfish we deliver to members are Chilipepper, bocaccio, Longspine & shortspine thornyhead, widow, split nose, and yellowtail to name just a few!  In the kitchen, rockfish are some of the most versatile flakey white fish making them perfect for nearly any recipe.  Although they are perfect for any recipe, you will definitely want to try them as fish tacos - that's our favorite way to prepare them!

Fun Fact: 

The FDA recognizes 60 species of fish that can be called rockfish. We try to source mainly Chillipepper rockfish because they are one of the most short lived rockfish species. They live up to 39 years, however they reach maturity at 3 years. Some Rockfish live up to 200 years!

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Fish & Chips Anyone?

At the grocery store these fish are commonly called rock cod, cod, or red snapper (in the case of chilipeppers) and are most often coming from Canada. We love our local rockfish because they make the ideal light flakey fish that holds up to frying perfectly! Everyone always asks us what makes our infamous fish & chips so delicious at each of our pop-ups and our answer is always fresh high quality rockfish! We also love to sauté them for a healthy alternative - no need to mask their fresh taste with heavy seasoning or batter!

Looking for a fish to serve whole? These are our favorites - steam them, fry them, or throw them on the grill - these are the easiest fish to work with whole and are the perfect size for two!

 

Filleting a whole fish? Not a problem!

Rockfish is one of our favorite fish to offer because members have to option to receive a whole fish as their share!  Don't be scared if this is your first time filleting a fish - it's not as hard as you would think!

Visit our partner fisherman!

Capt. Geoff Bettencourt and the F/V Miss Moriah are one of a very select handful of boats that are a part of the California Groundfish Collective.  This means that their every move is recorded by multiple cameras set up by the Nature Conservancy to ensure sustainability and have a way to validate their accountability at sea.  The Miss Moriah has been fishing for black cod, until recently switching gear to focus on rockfish, and flatfish like petrale, sanddabs and different types of sole.  This is one of the most closely monitored and regulated fisheries in the world and is the only ground fish fishery recognized by Seafood Watch as a Best Choice. The Bettencourts have been fishing in Half Moon Bay for four generations now and you can still find their boat over at Pillar Point Harbor most weekends!


 

Want to remove the bones from your fillet? Check out this video and learn how to make a V-Cut!

 

The Details

Chilipepper rockfish are a common deep sea rockfish that our boats which operate with a trawl system often catch. These rockfish have a beautiful red skin (hence the name) and a nice flakey, mild, and firm meat that we love to use for tacos and fish and chips! 

They travel in large schools and feed on small crustaceans, small squids, or small fishes such as anchovies, young hake, and small sardines. They mature quickly, reproduce in great volumes, and give birth to live young like many rockfish. 

Health Benefits

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

A 149-gram portion of cooked rockfish contains 355 milligrams of docohexaenoic acid, or DHA, and 159 milligrams of eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA. DHA and EPA are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, healthy adults should consume an average of 250 milligrams of a combination of DHA and EPA each day to reduce the risk of heart disease. Pregnant women should consume DHA and EPA to improve fetal growth.

Vitamin D

Each 149-gram serving of rockfish provides 6.9 micrograms of vitamin D, or 46 percent of the daily value. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for building and maintaining bone mineral density because it helps your body absorb calcium from food. Rockfish is among the few natural food sources of vitamin D, which is found in fish oils and egg yolks, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. You can also get it from fortified foods, such as fortified milk, and healthy skin can synthesize vitamin D when you get adequate exposure to the sun.

Additional Nutrients

Rockfish provides 696 milligrams of potassium in each 5-ounce serving. Potassium helps prevent high blood pressure, and rockfish is among the top dietary sources, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy adults should get at least 4,700 milligrams per day. The 5-ounce serving of fish has 113 milligrams of sodium, or 5 percent of the maximum recommended amount of 2,300 milligrams per day for this mineral. Rockfish is a good source of phosphorus, magnesium and choline.

What about the fish frames aka body scraps?

We give our fish bodies to our fishermen after we are done filleting them for you - they use them for bait for crab as well as slime eels! Additionally some of our restaurant partners like to use them to as a base for their fish stocks!

How is it caught?

These rockfish are caught in special light nets with holes large enough to allow smaller fish to escape. Underwater cameras are attached to them that allows our captain to target very specific schools of fish. Camera's on board the boat set up by the Nature Conservancy closely monitor what is brought on the boat to ensure 100% accountability and sustainability.  Very few boats have this sort of outfitting which allows for nearly zero by-catch!

How old are these guys?

We try and source rockfish that have shorter life spans - our Chilipepper rockfish live up to 39 years, however they reach maturity at 3 years. Some Rockfish live up to 200 years!