Fatty, Flaky-textured Fish

Fatty, Flaky-textured Fish

The flesh of fatty fish is darker in color and usually packs more nutrients (including heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids) than leaner choices. It also tends to have a "fishier" flavor.

arctic char
arctic char
A trout relative, the arctic char is highly prized for its sweetness and tenderness. It's often roasted or smoked.
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ayu
ayu
Japanese fishermen tie knots around the necks of cormorants (black sea birds) and have them dive and catch these exquisite fish. They're very sweet and delicate.
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buffalofish
The buffalo fish is a North American bottom feeding game fish. It is similar to a carp. They are long lived and can grow up to 80 lb. and 4'.
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butterfish
butterfish
The name "butterfish" is sometimes also given to sablefish and to the delicious escolar, which you should read about before buying, since it's also called ex-lax fish.
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escolar
escolar
This excellent Hawaiian fish tastes like a buttery halibut. Unfortunately, it contains a natural laxative and eating it can cause serious gastrointestinal distress. Because of this, several governments (though not the US) have either banned its importation or required that it be sold with warning labels. A workaround is to eat only small (four ounces or less) portions of the fish, or to bring a change of clothes if you're dining out.
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farmed salmon
farmed salmon
These are salmon that are raised in pens in the ocean.
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mackerel
mackerel
Unopened canned mackerel can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Once opened, it will keep for up to two days if you wrap it well and refrigerate it.
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pilchards
pilchards
Pilchards belong to the same species as sardines, but they're caught in colder waters and are bigger.
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salmon
salmon
Species include; coho salmon, chinook salmon, red sockeye, pink salmon, and chum salmon. Unopened canned salmon can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Once opened, it will keep for up to two days if you wrap it well and refrigerate it.
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sardines
sardines
Unopened canned sardines can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool place. Once opened, they will keep for up to two days if you wrap them well and refrigerate them.
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sprats
sprats
These tiny fish are similar to anchovies and sardines, and often sold in cans. You're supposed to eat the whole thing, including the head and tail.
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