Questions & Answers

Lingcod: Answers to 10 frequently asked questions

In January 2024, we introduced a new fish: ‘lingcod’. Time for a Q&A.

During our visit to British Columbia last year, we were introduced to Lingcod for the first time by our Black Cod supplier. We were immediately excited and decided that we wanted to be among the first in Europe to supply this fish. To provide a comprehensive introduction to Lingcod, below you’ll find our answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Why would YOU want Lingcod in your assortment?

There are several reasons why we recommend to add Lingcod to your assortment. First, the product has good value for money. Second, it has limited availability in Europe, making it a unique item in your assortment. Finally, this whitefish is sustainably caught and easy to prepare.

How did Lingcod get its name?

Despite its name, Lingcod is neither a ‘ling’ nor a ‘cod’. It owes its name to its position between these two fish.

Where does Lingcod come from?

Lingcod swims in the northern ocean, ranging from Alaska to the bay of California in Mexico. In those areas, this fish is mainly consumed.

How is Lingcod caught?

This fish is usually caught using more sustainable methods such as hooks and lines, which have less impact on the environment than some large-scale commercial fishing techniques.

Is Lingcod a sustainable fish?

Overall, lingcod stocks are well managed, especially in certain regions such as Canada. It’s important to verify if lingcod comes from fisheries adhering to sustainable practices.

What does Lingcod look like?

This fish has a large head with a big mouth and a long body. The body colour varies from brown to green, sometimes with spots or patterns.

How would you describe the taste and texture of Lingcod?

The taste of lingcod is mild and subtly sweet making it a versatile option for various culinary styles. The texture is lightly firm, similar to halibut, making it suitable for various cooking methods.

What colour is the flesh of Lingcod?

The colour is white and may have a bluish-green tint. This colour, cooks out completely, leaving a softly flavoured, tender, medium-firm white piece of fish with large, moist flakes.

Who is Lingcod intended for?

Lingcod is intended for all (innovative) foodservice companies looking to offer a unique whitefish on their menu.

How do you prepare Lingcod?

You can use various methods to prepare lingcod such as grilling, roasting, and baking. Here’s a tasty recipe for ‘pan-seared lingcod’, or go for lingcod with an Asian twist.

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