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Pollock, Alaska pollock (Theragra chalcogramma)

Pollock, Alaska pollock
Pollock, Alaska pollock

Scientific name for Pollock, Alaska pollock

Theragra chalcogramma

Common name(s) for Pollock, Alaska pollock

Walleye pollock, Pacific tomcod, Pacific pollock, Alaska Pollock

Market name

Pollock, Alaska pollock

Other language names for Pollock, Alaska pollock

  • French: Morue du Pacifique occidental
  • German: Pazifischer Pollack
  • Italian: Merluzzo dell’Alaska
  • Japanese: Suketôdara
  • Spanish: Abadejo de Alaska

Introduction to Pollock, Alaska pollock

Alaska pollock is a cod family member, as shown by several of its other names: bigeye cod, snow cod, and tomcod. Once regarded as cod’s lesser relative, pollock has established itself as a valuable resource, a worldwide commodity, and a popular dish (whether recognized or not) on global menus. Alaska pollock is one of the most abundant groundfish in the North Pacific, found from California to Alaska and through the Aleutians to Russia, China, and Japan. The Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, and Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk provide the majority of the catch. Pollock is collected in the United States by industrial trawlers processing at sea and by catcher boats delivering to shore-based processors. Numerous businesses manufacture pollock surimi and single-frozen block goods. Alaska pollock weigh between 1/2 and 2 pounds and range in length from 12 to 20 inches. Fillets weigh between 2 and 3 ounces. In the autumn, larger fillets of 4 to 6 ounces become available.

Product Profile for Pollock, Alaska pollock

Pollock is a delicate-tasting, mild-tasting fish with a gritty texture. It has a stronger flavor than cod or haddock, maybe because to the increased oil content. Alaska pollock fillets have a creamy brown hue with no bones. The lean, juicy flesh is white and firm after cooking, with a great flake. If you require a white fillet, single-frozen pollock is far preferable than twice-frozen pollock, which is frequently grayer. Pollock with a deep skin (i.e., fat line eliminated) has a whiter, more “cod-like” part.

Nutrition for Pollock, Alaska pollock


Calories: 81
Fat Calories: 7.2
Total Fat: 0.8 g
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 71 mg
Sodium: 99 mg
Protein: 17.2 g
Omega 3: 0.4 g

Cooking tips for Pollock, Alaska pollock

While surimi and fried-fillet sandwiches are typical uses for this adaptable whitefish, it may also be utilized in gourmet dishes. Pollock fillets are smaller than cod fillets, yet they are an excellent replacement for cod. It should be cooked somewhat longer than cod or haddock because to the increased fat content. Herbs, spices, and mild sauces work well with pollock’s delicate flavor.

Cooking methods for Pollock, Alaska pollock

Bake , Broil , Fry , Saute , Steam

Primary Product Forms for Pollock, Alaska pollock

Fresh: Skin-on fillets, Whole

Frozen: Skin-on fillets, Whole

Value added: Breaded/battered fillets

Global Supply for Pollock, Alaska pollock

Japan, Korea, Russia, United States, Iran