RECENT CATCH INFO: Fish landed @ Wanchese, NC
Catch Method: longline
You may have heard us recommend Blueline or Golden Tilefish countless times at the markets. We’re kinda crazy for it. This deep sea bottom dweller can be found in the same habitat as the Homecoming King of the market, Mr. Popular himself, the Grouper. Folks can’t seem to shake their love for grouper, but we often end up winning over people with tilefish as a substitute. Its flesh is dense and somewhat firm, yet it retains the mild, moist, white, flaky qualities that people seek when they ask for grouper.
Don’t just take our word for it though. Blueline Tilefish aka Gray Tile has become a best seller at many of the restaurants we call our best customers, like Kimbap, Gravy, and Capital Club 16 in Raleigh, Carolina Crossroads at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, and more. Need a little inspiration for how to prepare your tilefish at home? We’ve selected a handful of recipes that would be perfect for any top chef. Don’t forget to report back, we love seeing your masterpieces. Follow us @localsseafood and on instagram as well.
Tilefish is perfect for the broiler or a pan roast – it’s a mild white fish that provides the perfect gateway for exploring species that may not have been on your radar. Customers have also reported poaching this meaty fish in shrimp or lobster stock with great results.
Substitute in recipes that call for grouper, halibut and pollock. This is a great opportunity to refer to the classic Mark Bittman guide, White Fillet a Dozen Ways.
Oven Roasted Tilefish
Blueline Tilefish plate @ Kimbap – Raleigh, NC