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. Try one of these out for your next weekend or weeknight meal.
Why Cook With Rockfish?
Rockfish is a healthy, nourishing white fish known for a rich, nutty flavor with a subtle sweetness. Just one fish fillet is high in protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium while low in carbohydrates and cholesterol.
Many of the recipes and cooking methods that work for other white fish such as halibut, striped bass and red snapper can be adapted to rockfish fillets.
Whether this is your first time cooking rockfish or you're already a pro, read on to discover our favorite ways to prepare rockfish.
10 Healthy, Fresh, and Flavorful Rockfish Recipes
1. Baked Rockfish Almondine
Like a 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.
2. 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 golden brown.
The ingredients are simple too - all you’ll need are spinach, cherry tomatoes, vegetable broth, fresh dill, garlic powder, lemon pepper, onion powder, onion and two lemon slices. Oh, and of course, some rockfish fillets.
It’s delicious served hot or even at room temperature, this bake is great for potluck gatherings.
3. Moroccan-Spiced Rockfish with Couscous Salad
This recipe for Moroccan-spiced rockfish fillets is all about layers and layers of flavor. The filets 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 with hints of cumin, cayenne, garlic and lemon.
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.
4. Spicy Rockfish Bites with Mango Honey Mustard Sauce
Best rockfish appetizer ever. This recipe is for pasilla-spiced rockfish croquettes, served alongside a sweet and tangy mustard sauce. These bite-sized flavor bombs are perfect for parties.
Fry them up in a deep-sided, heavy skillet or pot right before you’re ready to serve them up.
5. 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 and white wine. Spoon the sauce over crispy, skin-on fillets of pan-fried rockfish.
6. “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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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