Lean, Firm-textured Fish
anglerfish See monkfish.
bellyfish See monkfish.
blackfish = tautog = tog Notes: This category includes hogfish and cunner, which are very similar to blackfish. Substitutes: grouper (more flavorful) OR monkfish OR red snapper (flakier texture) OR sheepshead OR rockfish (flakier texture)
cabrilla See grouper.
California sea bass See grouper.
cobia = sergeant fish = crabeater = lemonfish = coalfish Substitutes: monkfish OR shark
coalfish See cobia.
crabeater See cobia.
cunner See blackfish.
dogfish = Cape shark Substitutes: shark
dolphin fish See mahi-mahi.
frogfish See monkfish.
goosefish See monkfish.
grouper Notes: This category includes California sea bass, jewfish, and cabrilla. Substitutes: striped bass OR mahi-mahi OR black sea bass (flakier texture) OR red snapper (flakier texture) OR pompano OR lemonfish OR catfish
hogfish See blackfish.
jewfish See grouper.
kajiki See marlin.
lemonfish See cobia.
lingcod Substitutes: cod (flakier texture)
mahi-mahi = mahimahi = dolphin fish = dolphinfish Substitutes: monkfish (not as sweet) OR shark (not as sweet) OR swordfish OR tuna OR catfish (fattier) OR tilefish (flakier texture, not as sweet) marlin (includes Pacific blue marlin = kajiki) Substitutes: swordfish
monkfish = goosefish = anglerfish = bellyfish = frogfish = sea-devil Substitutes: blackfish OR lobster (more expensive) OR mahi-mahi (sweeter) OR shark OR red snapper
Pacific blue marlin See marlin.
pomfret Notes: You can buy frozen pomfret in Asian markets. Substitutes: Chilean sea bass
pompano = black pomfret Substitutes: grouper
sea-devil See monkfish.
sergeant fish See cobia.
shark Substitutes: swordfish (sweeter and flakier) OR mahi-mahi OR tuna (fattier) OR sturgeon OR marlin OR halibut (flakier texture) OR cod (flakier texture)
sheepshead Substitutes: pompano OR crab
skate = skate wing Notes: Skates are delicious, but many people are put off by their bizarre looks. Only the wings are edible. Like their shark relatives, skates have cartilage and tough, sandpapery skin. One way to loosen the skin is to poach them briefly in a mixture of three parts water, one part vinegar. After you peel off the skin, the wing can be further poached, or baked or fried.
striped bass = striper Substitutes: grouper OR sea bass (less choice) OR tilefish OR halibut OR salmon OR blackfish
striper See striped bass.
swordfish Substitutes: marlin OR shark (not as sweet or flaky) OR tuna (not as sweet) OR sturgeon OR halibut OR mahi-mahi
tautog See blackfish.
tilapia Substitutes: red snapper (flakier texture) OR bass OR flounder OR sole OR orange roughy OR ocean perch
tog See blackfish.
Copyright © 1996-2005 Lori Alden. Sheepshead, shark, pompano, marlin, and mahi-mahi photos adapted from U.S. Government photos.