Atlantic Whiting Merluccius bilinearis Silver Hake, Silver Perch, Silver Trout
Atlantic Whiting or Silver Hake were long considered the rats of the sea, an abundant, not very desirable species. They're not fussy about what animals they eat, including quite a number of their own young. In turn, they're a vital source of food for cod, salmon, and other fishes people prefer to eat.
They range New Foundland to the Bahamas Islands and are most common between Cape Cod and Cape Sable. Their maximum weight is 8 lbs. but average 6 lbs. and 12 to 20 inches in length. The Atlantic Whiting or Silver Hake is one of the most common Hakes on the market.
The flesh of the Silver Hake is lean and somewhat coarser than that of cod and flakes into larger pieces. The flesh also tends to be softer and moister than cod. The flavor however is often compared to cod. The yield on the silver is good because the fillets have no pin bones, only vertical rib bones.
The Silver Hake became a popular catch when factory trawlers could freeze them immediately and when more favored species vanished. They’re made into surimi for Japanese markets.
Sold: Whole, fresh fillets or steaks, frozen fillets or steaks, smoked, salted
Can be prepared like cod, which is versatile and promises excellent results after baking, poaching, sautéing, grilling, and roasting.
Season March to December