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Grenadiers, also sometimes called "rattails", have large heads, large eyes, and long slender black bodies perfectly designed for the deep waters they inhabit. They are caught by accident as bycatch from the black cod vessels we work with, and historically they were tossed overboard because no market existed for this species.
This isn't the most handsome fish species, but grenadier fillets are a lovely light pink color similar to rockfish but with a more cod-like shape. It is the primary species for our Bay2Tray program and has been a hit with our school partners across California.
Culinary Tips: When it's fresh and handled properly grenadier is a fantastic substitute for any fried fish preparation, or any recipe calling for cod. Our favorite preparation is for fish tacos!
Catch Method: Traps or Bottom Longlines
Sustainability: This is a new and growing commercial fishery so the status of the stock is unknown, but "overfishing is unlikely" (Seafood Watch). Our grenadier is always bycatch from sustainable black cod fishery participants, so we always feel comfortable promoting it. It is also great providing value to our fishing partners for these unintended species.
- MBA Seafood Watch: Good Alternative
- NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: N/A