When it comes to sustainable and wild Alaskan whitefish, rockfish is just one more catch to add to the state’s long list of incredible options. As a lean, meaty, and mild protein, wild Alaskan rockfish is extremely versatile for a range of recipes that will let you show off your culinary skills, whether you’re a beginner or a pro.
Here are ten rockfish recipes to work into your rotation of healthy, fresh, and flavorful meals:
Baked Rockfish Almondine
Like fillet of sole almondine but astronomically more affordable, this recipe uses rockfish as a twist on the classic dish. The almondine sauce is simple — slivered almonds browned in butter and lemon juice — and is poured over fillets of rockfish before everything goes into the oven.
Rockfish and Spinach Bake
You need little-to-no culinary experience to make this rockfish and spinach bake. All you are doing, essentially, is layering fresh ingredients into a pan, topping with flavorings, then throwing it into the oven until the fish is flaky and done. Delicious served hot or even at room temperature, this bake is great for potluck gatherings.
Moroccan-Spiced Rockfish with Couscous Salad
This recipe for Moroccan-spiced rockfish fillets is all about layers and layers of flavor. The fillets themselves are marinated in a Moroccan spice blend called ras el hanout and fresh lemon juice, then served with an herbaceous couscous salad and fresh mint yogurt sauce. Note: If you can’t find ras el hanout in your local grocery store — or even if you can — make your own fresh blend with this recipe from Epicurious.
Spicy Rockfish Bites with Mango Honey Mustard Sauce
Best rockfish appetizer ever. This recipe for pasilla-spiced rockfish croquettes, served alongside a sweet and tangy mustard sauce, are bite-sized flavor bombs that are perfect for parties. Fry them up in a deep-sided, heavy skillet or pot right before you’re ready to serve them up.
Pan-Seared Rockfish with Oyster Sauce
If you can get fresh oysters where you are — doesn’t matter which kind, as long as they’re fresh — try your hand at this Michelin-worthy recipe for pan-seared rockfish with a rich oyster sauce. You’ll have to have some basic oyster-shucking skills to get the mollusks open, after which you’ll drop the oysters and their “liquor” into some simmering shallots and cream, spiked with fresh herbs. Spoon the sauce over crispy, skin-on fillets of pan-fried rockfish.
“Asian-Style” Baked Rockfish
This recipe for “Asian-style” baked rockfish is a fusion of Korean flavors with its gochugaru and sesame oil and southeast Asian freshness with lime and cilantro. While the actual recipe calls for an entire, head-on rockfish, you can easily adapt it to rockfish fillets. Simply cut the cook time way down: cook covered with aluminum foil for ten minutes, then remove the foil for the last three to five minutes until the fish is perfectly flaky.
Rockfish with Tapenade Sauce
You’ll probably need to stock your pantry with a few specialty ingredients for this recipe for pan-fried rockfish with orange-kalamata tapenade sauce. The good thing is that you can make a big batch of the tapenade to store in your freezer and it will keep perfectly for up to three months, making for many no-fuss meals to come. Serve alongside fresh greens and easy roasted potatoes.
Blackened Rockfish Tacos
Rockfish make for a tender but meaty protein, perfect for an easy night of fish tacos. This recipe for blackened rockfish tacos gives you the option of baking, broiling, or grilling your protein; no matter the cooking method, the foolproof homemade spice rub will pick up that gorgeous blackened color. The dish is finished with a creamy, yogurt-based cilantro and avocado sauce. Serve with warm tortillas or even over rice for a yummy taco bowl.
Panko-Crusted Rockfish Tostadas
Tostadas are very much like hard tacos, but flat and crispy — meaning you can pile your tostada as high as you want with your favorite toppings. This recipe makes pan-fried rockfish fillets, dredged in panko breadcrumbs, the star of a meal that is fun for the entire family. Add even more layers of texture with a toppings station — think sliced radishes, green onions, cilantro, and green chilies — and let everyone build the tostada of their dreams.
Baked Rockfish with Fennel and Blood Oranges
If you want to wow dinner guests with an elegant meal, check out this recipe for rockfish with fennel and blood oranges. (You don’t have to tell anyone how easy it is to make.) The key to the dish is to give the fennel bulb and blood orange slices enough time in the oven so that they caramelize. This will bring complex flavors into what is otherwise a simple dish.