broiled rockfish fillets
broiled rockfish fillets

What Is Rockfish: A Comprehensive Guide

April 17th, 2019

Everything You Need to Know About Rockfish

Rockfish is the gem of near-shore fish on North America’s West Coast. Its flaky texture and sweet, nutty taste make it the most flavorful of Wild Alaskan Company’s whitefish offerings. You can bake it with a buttery crust, pan-fry it with a vinegary caper-anchovy sauce, or pair it with a spice-forward coconut curry. 

What is rockfish?

Also known as Alaskan rockfish, rock cod, or Pacific snapper, this family of fish is the most common near-shore fish on North America's West Coast. There are more than 70 types of rockfish, and they are part of the much larger fish genus of Sebastes. This genus also contains ocean perch and redfish. It's the most flavorful of Wild Alaskan Company's whitefish offerings, and you can use it in various ways for cooking.

What does rockfish taste like? 

Rockfish is delicate in texture while showcasing a sweet and nutty taste. Its bold flavor profile pairs well with dynamic textures and taste. It’s easy to prepare, quick to cook, and hard to mess up. It can adapt to many different cuisines and dish preparations for whatever you make. Whether grilled, baked, or steamed, this fish is simple and always delicious.

Is rockfish sustainable?

Rockfish is a smart seafood choice according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association when it comes to sustainability. The NOAA closely monitors populations each year to ensure that the species is not over-harvested by fishers. The Alaskan fishing industry is the gold standard of sustainability. 


Rockfish is a fairly light fillet of fish with only 2 grams of fat per 6 ounce serving. It’s a great source of protein, as well as beneficial for you daily intake of vitamin D. 

Nutrition per 6-ounce serving: 

  • Calories: 110 calories

  • Fat: 2 grams

  • Protein: 24 grams

  • Vitamin D: 6 micrograms, or 30% RDI

How to Cook Rockfish

Here are some step-by-step guides:

How to Pan-Fry Pacific Rockfish

How to Bake Pacific Rockfish

How to Broil Pacific Rockfish

How to Bread Pacific Rockfish