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Roasted Pollock and Cod Recipe

March 14, 2020

Alaska Pollock fillet

Roasted Pollock and Cod Recipe

Odds are if you’ve ever had fish sticks, a California sushi roll, or even some fish and chips, then you’ve had pollock or cod. That’s because these flaky, white fishes are some of America’s favorites due to their clean taste and adaptability. The strength of pollock and cod fisheries also makes them an ideal source for commercial fishing, meaning it’s easy for restaurants and home chefs alike to get ahold of these tasty fish.


However, while cod and pollock fillets may be similar, they are not interchangeable. If you’re interested in trying your hand at cooking one of these beautiful, delicate fishes make sure you know which one is the best option for you.

Pollock Vs Cod Taste

The difference between cod and pollock mostly comes down to texture. They both have white, flaky meat, but Alaskan pollock is going to be slightly softer than cod. This makes it an ideal meat to use for fillets, fish sticks, or imitation crab meat, which is how most people experience it. Pollock fish meat is also going to have a milder flavor than cod, so if you’re looking to cook a stew you should stick with cod.

How To Cook Pollock

Pollock recipes are easy to follow due to the nature of this particular fish. Its mild taste and delicate flakiness make it flexible for use in a wide variety of recipes. It also tends to be slightly cheaper than cod, making it more accessible as a regular dinner option. Most commonly, pollock fish recipes will involve roasting, as this helps keep the delicate fish from falling apart.


If you’re looking for something a little fancier, cooking pollock via poaching is always another option. By poaching the pollock fillet, you are able to add flavor while again helping to preserve the texture of the meat.

How To Cook Cod

Cooking cod fillets is often considered easier than pollock since the flesh is slightly firmer. Not only does this allow you more flexibility for when to use cod, but it also means that cod is a little more forgiving in case you make a mistake on your recipe. However, it is still important to know the basics, such as what temp to cook cod fish and how to season it.

When it comes to cod recipes, oven roasted tends to be the most popular. Depending on the thickness of the fillet, it should only take 10-12 minutes at 425°F to cook which makes this a super easy (and healthy) weeknight dinner.

Of course, when looking up recipes, cod fillets also often pop up in soups as their firm texture allows them to keep their shape when cooked in broth. It takes a little more time than baking, but cod and potato soup can be a great way to warm up in the winter.

Looking for more detailed instructions on cooking pollock or cod? Check out our video to learn how to perfectly roast your own fish fillets.

Pollock Vs Cod Nutrition

For the consumers who are concerned with health, let’s take a quick look at cod and pollock nutrition. Both fish are going to be a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Regular consumption of pollock and cod have also been shown to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol, making them great options for health-conscience cooks. This is why so many diets recommend incorporating Alaskan pollock recipes into your weekly rotation.

The only big difference when it comes to nutrition is that cod liver oil is an excellent source for vitamins A and D, which is why it can often be found in the supplement aisle.


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