Atlantic Pollock Flavor and Culinary Profile

Atlantic Pollock Flavor Scale

Atlantic Pollock are members of the Cod family and although similar to Pacific Pollock, they are distinctly different in that they are larger, have a slightly higher oil content and slightly darker flesh than their Pacific cousins. Atlantic Pollock have a mild, delicate  taste with white flesh, large flakes, a firm texture and a low oil content. They have a similar but somewhat milder flavor as haddock or cod.

Due to it’s mild flavor and inexpensive price Pollock is a very versatile option for restaurants. Pollock is also commonly used to make Surimi

Typical Cooking Methods

  • Bake
  • Broil
  • Deep-Fry
  • Grill
  • Poach
  • Saute
  • Smoke
  • Steam
  • Sushi

Buying Guidelines and Imperfections

Avoid fillets with the following defects:

  • freezer burnt product – fillets it will have a white cottony appearance
  • fillets w/ gray colored flesh
  • pieces of skin still on the fillets
  • blood spots – indicates bruised flesh as the result of mishandling
  • parasites (worms)
  • bones

Alternate Names

Green Cod, Boston Bluefish, Saithe, Coley, Blue Cod, Coalfish, Blue Snapper

Description (Pollachius virens)

Atlantic Pollock are members of the Cod family, but are identifiable from Cod by their brownish-green back, greenish hue, paler belly, and darker flesh. Atlantic Pollock are generally larger than their Pacific cousins. They grow quickly and although the average commercial catch size is between 3 – 6 pounds, they can reach sizes of about 3 1/2 feet or 35 pounds.

Typical Wholesale Products


  • Whole
  • Boneless/Skinless Fillets


  • H&G Loins
  • Boneless/Skinless Fillets graded sizes 1/2,  2/4,  4/6,  6/8 oz.
  • IQF
  • Shatterpack
  • Block
  • Surimi

Fresh Wild Availability

Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh.  Frozen product is available all year long.



Average Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery

Alaskan Pollock
To Skin/On FilletsTo Skin/Off FilletsNotes
Whole Head/On
62%40%34%If you have additional yield info on this fish please comment below.
Head/Off, gutted (H&G)%%
Skin/On Fillets34%
Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.

Range & Habitat

Atlantic Pollock Range
AquaMaps Data sources: GBIF

Atlantic Pollock are found throughout the shallow and deep waters of the North Atlantic. In the Western Atlantic from North Carolina through the Hudson Strait to Greenland. In the Eastern Atlantic from Barents Sea, Spitsbergen to the Bay of Biscay and over to Iceland. They are found at depths up to 1,200 feet.

Pollock usually swim together in large schools, migrating to shallow waters in the spring to feed & breed, and then move to deeper warmer waters in the winter months.

Alaskan Pollock Sustainability Info

NameAlternate NamesCatch
Catch MethodSeafood
MSC Cert?Mercury
Atlantic PollockGreen Cod, Boston Bluefish, Saithe, Coley, Blue Cod, Coalfish, Blue SnapperU.S. Georges BankWild, Bottom TrawlLow
Wild, Bottom Gillnet
Canadian MaritimesWild, Longline
Wild, Bottom Giilnet
Wild, Bottom Trawl
U.S. Gulf of MaineWild, Bottom Trawl
Wild, Bottom Gillnet
Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.
= Best Choice/Recommended      = Good Alternative      = Avoid/Not RecommendedUpdated
Jan 2017

The Alaskan Pollock fishery is very well managed and has a low incidence of by catch, lower than 1%.


Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories157
* Protein grams33
* Fat grams1.7
* Saturated fat grams.23
* Sodium milligrams147
* Cholesterol milligrams121
* Omega-3 grams


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