Lingcod's ivory, boneless flesh is mild, versatile, and an Alaskan favorite - even over halibut.
Thawing's never been easier. Simply toss your sealed package into the fridge, and allow to thaw for 24 hours. If you don't plan on cooking it for a few days, just be sure to remove your fish from the packaging, rinse under cold water, and pat dry. Then, place your portion on a fresh paper towel, wrap the whole thing loosely in Saran Wrap, and place back in the fridge. Refrigerators tend to have a low humidity, and dehydrate food - which is why we suggest covering with Saran Wrap.
They're skinless and boneless.
Your lingcod has a great shelf life. It'll keep for over a year in a good quality chest freezer, or at least 6 months in a household above the fridge style freezer. Your freshly thawed out portions are guaranteed to taste as good as they day we harvested it from the ocean.
Method: Our lingcod are caught using 9 - 13 large hooks, weighted down by a large metal bar. Each hook is outfitted with lead head, and a rubber "grub".
About our lingcod fishery
Management: The Southeast Alaska dinglebar fishery is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. All of Southeast Alaska is divvied up into small "management areas", each of which have their own quota (catch limit) that's shared by the fleet. Depending on the effort (number of boats out fishing), catch rate, and quota limit, some areas close as fast as in two days - while others may stay open all year.
Sustainability: Since our dinglebar fishery uses hook and line, any unwanted spices can be safely returned to the ocean. Most of our rockfish are caught while dinglebaring. Depending on the rockfish species, we're allowed to keep about 10% by weight (so for every 100 lbs of lingcod on board, we can catch 10 lbs of rockfish). Occasionally halibut bite the hook, and they are immediately released back to the ocean.
Region: Management areas are broken up all over southeast Alaska, but we prefer to fish around Yakutat. Partially because there's so few boats, and partially because we take plenty of time off to visit with Caleb's family
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I thaw my lingcod portions, and how long are they good in the fridge for?
Toss your sealed package in the fridge for 24-36 hours, and allow to thaw slowly. Best use within 72 hours of being thawed, but will be fine in the fridge for more than 72 hours. Note: After 24 hours, remove it's important to break the seal on your portion's bag. At a minimum, simply puncture a hole in the bag and toss it back in the fridge... But best case scenario, you should remove it from the packaging, rinse briefly under cold water, place on a clean paper towel, and wrap the whole thing lightly in Saran Wrap before storing back in the fridge.
Can I eat my lingcod raw, or does it need to be cooked? Is it sushi safe?
Our lingcod is 100% sushi safe, and can be eaten raw! We'd recommend slicing it thin, and taking it for a dunk in a soy sauce + wasabi mixture.
Are there pin-bones in it?
Nope - our lingcod portions are skinless and boneless.
How long do lingcod portions take to cook?
Depends on the method. For your average baked or grilled lingcod portion (on medium-high heat), it should only take about 8 minutes - or until an instant read thermometer reads 130F. As a rule: when you think it needs a few more minutes... Pull it from the heat. It will likely finish cooking on the countertop.
What's the best way to cook lingcod portions?
We like all the ways. But here's some tips:
- Baking: Set your oven to 400F, place your fish on a baking sheet. I like to top with a little butter or EVOO, and bake for about 8 minutes - or until the fish flakes easily when poked.
- Grilling: Set grill to medium-high, brush with oil of choice. Grill on the first side for about 5 minutes, flip, and finish on the other side for about 3. For a gentler grill, use your cast iron to pan sear, inside of the grill. This one of our favorite methods to use with our traegar.
- Pan searing: Similar to grilling, heat fat of choice in a thick bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Once pre-heated, add fish - sear on first side for about 5 minutes, and second side for about 3.