Even longtime seafood lovers may not realize how many different flavors of fish actually exist. The spectrum of tastes ranges from mild and flaky whitefish to bold, firm-textured tuna. If you’re on the hunt for a specific flavor or perhaps seeking out a substitute for another type of fish, we have you covered!
There are three main flavor profiles for fish: mild, medium, and full. Here’s a little bit more guidance regarding each profile.
- Mild (e.g., cod, sole, Alaskan pollock)
- Mild fish are essentially a blank slate and one of the easiest kinds of fish to try for the first time. Searching for a versatile fish that can take on whatever ingredients you throw together? White fish tend to have the mildest taste out of all species and will easily accept different flavors.
- Medium (salmon, halibut, sea bass)
- In the middle of the spectrum, fish like salmon and halibut are mild enough to please those trying seafood for the first time, yet they have flavors that may stand on their own. Fish that offer a medium taste often need just a touch of olive oil to highlight their natural flavor, plus salt and pepper for seasoning.
- Full (tuna, mackerel)
- Here’s where you get the boldest taste. Hearty varieties like tuna and mackerel, considered to be full-flavored types of fish, have a savory flavor profile and a texture that’s firmer than the milder, flakier options listed above.