Coley, also known as Saithe, Coalfish, Black Jack and Black Cod, is a member of the cod family.
Typically black to dark green in colour with a white/silver belly, Coley can be found throughout the UK and Irish waters but are more commonly found in North East England and Scotland.
As for diet, they mostly survive on other fish, such as herring, small mackerel, and sand eel.
Their breeding time is in January to March, when they go into deeper water. They also grow fast, reaching 20 to 25 cm long in a year. They can grow up to 1.3 metres in length and live for up to 25 years.
Although the flavour and texture of Coley is comparable to Cod, it is much undervalued due to its grey pink flesh colour, however the flesh does whiten up when cooked. This inexpensive fish is also a more sustainable choice being available all year round, but not being at its best during summer months.
As with most fish, Coley is a great source of protein, a macronutrient you need for building muscle mass, digestion, and producing energy. It is also rich in other nutrients including selenium and vitamin B12. Selenium has antioxidant properties, which means that they can protect your cells from damage. Vitamin B12, which your body is not able to produce on its own, is essential for the formation of DNA and red blood cells and the maintenance of your nervous system.
Coley is available online on our website. It is great for fish pies because of its firm flakes. You can also have it poached, grilled, or fried like in this recipe from Fish is the Dish:
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