Pollack, sometimes known as colin, is a more sustainable member of the cod family, abundant in the West Country, with firm, white or slightly pink, flaky flesh and a delicious, mild favour. Popular down here for ever, it’s more recently been discovered by the rest of the country.
Our whole, fresh pollack range in size from 600g up to 2kg and come scaled & gutted. If you prefer we can fillet them. Please be aware that the filleted weight will be approximately 40% of the whole fish weight, so when you’re thinking about servings, count on about 500g of whole fish per person to give a 200g portion.
Pollack are abundant in Dorset waters. They can be caught from the shore off Portland Bill, where they live in large numbers amongst the coastal rocks. Larger fish tend to be found further out to sea, often around wrecks, where they’re sustainably caught on rod and line. This can get tricky, as the fish tend to bite and then dart for cover back into the wreck, tangling the line.
Seasonality: All year
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
Cook pollack as you might cod, pan-frying, grilling or baking. It’s an excellent alternative for battering and deep frying, including home-made fish fingers, and also works well in stews and curries. And as with cod a quick brining firms up the flesh and really draws out the flavour too.
Whole or filleted, try baking pollack in the oven. Try wrapping filets in Parma ham to lock in the moisture, or with a herb and breadcrumb crust.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
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