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What is Wolffish?

Wolf what? Yep, you heard that right – we’re talking about Arctic Wolffish! While its looks may not impress (it’s quite wolf-like with sharp teeth that crush crustaceans all day long), it’s flavor and texture are show stoppers! It’s so delicious! So tender! It should be the most popular fish in the school! All jokes aside, let us brag a bit more about why we love this fish in Iceland:

Arctic Wolffish from Iceland is MSC Certified and is regarded as a delicacy by Icelandic people, yet is less known in other cultures.

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Flavor

We know, you’re wondering, “But what does it taste like?”, and to that we say it’s like a cross between crab and halibut, and it’s sometimes referred to as the ‘poor man’s lobster’ (since it mostly eat lobsters and other crustaceans what they say is true – you are what you eat!). The light, buttery and oceanic flavor melts in your mouth, generally followed by a “wow!”.

History of Wolffish

If you just Google “wolffish” you’ll stumble upon articles that point to unsustainable fisheries, and that is true for some waters wolffish are caught, but it is inaccurate when we’re talking about wolffish from Iceland, which is a very healthy and well-managed fishery. Iceland leads the world in sustainable fisheries management (read about it in our blog post here), and its fisheries are managed by a catch limitation system that allots each species a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) each year. Also, individual vessels are then given a specific share of that catch, which is transferable between vessels and prevents overfishing.To further protect the ecosystem, Iceland enforces gear restrictions, fishing area restrictions and fishing area closures to protect juvenile and spawning fish.

Cooking

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Now, how to cook wolffish? We promise it’s easy! Wolffish is exceptionally good pan-seared and other high-heat preparations due to its high-fat content. Acidic foods and condiments (such as kimchi) are an excellent complement to wolffish, and it breaks down well into pieces for things like “crab” cakes and dip. Check out our Air Fryer Miso Wolffish and Wolffish “Crab” Cake Balls recipes!

Where can I get Wolffish?

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What is Wolffish? Wolf what? Yep, you heard that right - we’re talking about Arctic Wolffish! While its looks may not impress (it’s quite wolf-like with sharp teeth that crush crustaceans all day long), it’s flavor and texture are show stoppers! It’s so delicious! So tender! It should be the most popular fish in the school! All jokes aside, let us brag [...]

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