All About Pollock, the World’s Most Plentiful Fish

Pacific Alaska Pollock is one of the world’s most abundant fish. In fact, some have said that it is the last plentiful commercial fish in the world’s oceans. Although populations of the fish in the Pacific are quite healthy and thriving, there are concerns that overfishing may indeed take place; there are furthermore, concerns about whether the heavy fishing of pacific Alaska Pollock will deplete a main food source for Steller sea lions. On the whole, however, Pollock is one of the most sustainable species of commercially caught fish in the seas. They are usually caught using midwater trawling techniques which do not damage the fragile sea floor. Pollock travel in shoals in midlevel waters, which makes them easier to catch with non-damaging nets.

Pollock are known to be incredibly versatile fish. They make up the main ingredient in everything from fish and chips to sushi. They are the key component of surimi or fake crab meat; they are used in fish sticks and to make fish paste. Because of their wide adaptability to a variety of preparation methods and flavors, pacific Alaska Pollock makes up the largest whitefish fishery in the world. In previous years, the total amount of fish caught number around 3.5 billion pounds.

Pollock is an ideal alternative choice to less sustainable fish species. It makes a great substitute for any recipe that calls for cod or haddock (or actually, it can be used as a substitute for any white firm-fleshed fish); and its white, flaky texture makes it an excellent choice for pies, quiches, soups and croquettes or fish cakes. Pacific Alaska Pollock tastes great in rich curries and sauces. It is easily deep fried with a light coating of beer batter. Baking Pollock is simple as well-simply season your fillets with lemon and salt and pepper; drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil; bake in the oven for some 10-15 minutes. Grilled Pollock is not only low in calories, it’s also a refreshing alternative to battered and fried recipes. Pollock contains around 80 calories per 100 grams, which makes it one of the leanest and healthiest fish out there.

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