Latin Name: Pollachius virens
Commercially Farmed: No
Price Band: Low
Cooking Method(s): Bake, Deep fry, Grill, Microwave, Poach, Shallow fry, Steam, Stir fry
This week we have had some fresh MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) Coley (or as it is also known Saithe) delivered by our Norwegian supplier.
The Coley (Saithe) is so highly thought of on the continent that the Norwegian fishermen treat it with the same care as they would cod or haddock. The picture above shows the fish carefully laid in the boxes. The fish are so fresh you can still see the iridescent bloom on the skin of the fish.
Coley (Saithe) is a very underrated fish in the UK. The reason for its lack of popularity may be down to the colour of the flesh. When raw it has a grey look but when cooked it goes a slightly creamy off white colour. Being part of the cod family it has a taste somewhere between Cod and Haddock. It has a mild creamy taste with a good firm texture making it ideal to dust with spices, and it is ideal in curries. Its firm texture also makes it ideal in fish cakes or fish pies. As its price is much less than cod and haddock it makes a great economic alternative and being MSC approved, it is still fully sustainable.
High in: Protein; Vitamin B12; Iodine; Selenium
Source of: Niacin; Vitamin B6; Potassium; Phosphorus