There is no cod or haddock where I live and I am looking for an tasteful alternative. I tried seabass and it was nice but what would be more accurate alternatives for cod & haddock?

  • what about halibut ? what fish do you have access to ?
    – Max
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 13:37
  • Options are quite wide actually. Sea bream, blue fish, mackarel, trout, and bonito. But most of them are far from cod in term of flavour.
    – coner
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 13:49
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    Shark. In cheap fish and chip that is often what you are getting.
    – paparazzo
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 13:55
  • I am not keen on cooking shark for chippies. Wheter it is used or not.
    – coner
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 14:01
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    Not sure if you have access to any freshwater fish, but anything from the perch family (perch or walleye) are fantastic for fried fish. Obviously, with much thinner fillets that a cod or haddock, you'd have to adjust the frying time. Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 20:58

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I have often heard that some restaurants use Atlantic pollock for fish and chips. Your question piqued my interest and I decided to look around a bit.

From wikipedia ,

In Britain and Ireland, cod and haddock appear most commonly as the fish used for fish and chips,[31] but vendors also sell many other kinds of fish, especially other white fish, such as pollock or coley, plaice, skate, and ray (particularly popular in Ireland); and huss or rock salmon (a term covering several species of dogfish and similar fish).

In the United States, the type of fish used depends on availability in a given region. Some common types are cod, halibut, flounder, tilapia or, in New England, Atlantic cod or haddock. Salmon is growing common on the West Coast, while freshwater catfish is most frequently used in the Southeast. In Canada, pollock, haddock, and halibut are popular choices, alongside cod.

From my experience, pollock and halibut (respectively) would be closer to the the flavor of cod and haddock than some of the others.

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