Halibut (Flounder) Fillet, Frozen (IQF)
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The biggest advantage of properly frozen seafood is that it enables you to enjoy your favorite varieties year-round! Our local halibut (flounder/fluke) from Baja, California is a wonderful white fish option that's moist and tender with a mild flavor. Its meat is leaner and creamier than its Northern Pacific cousins, making it best suited for gentle cook methods such as pan searing, frying, poaching and steaming. It pairs perfectly with butter sauces, vinegar-based dressings and broths, and is a great choice for fish tacos and ceviche.
This is not to say you can't grill this fish. It tends to fall apart on the grill if not handled with care, but here's a trick: lay down a flat layer of half-inch thick lemon, lime or orange slices on top of the grill grate and place fish on top of the slices. Not only will you not have to worry about the fish sticking, you'll simultaneously infuse it with a bright flavor!
The Frozen Advantage
To preserve the just caught freshness of this wild caught product, it is filleted into one pound portions, IQF (individually quick frozen or "blast" frozen) and vacuum sealed. The biggest advantage of properly frozen seafood is that it enables you to conveniently enjoy your favorite varieties year-round! This product is IQF, which refers to foods that are individually quick or "blast" frozen. When something freezes quickly, it forms smaller ice crystals than when it freezes slowly. Smaller ice crystals prevent damage to the fibers of food, which keeps the foods in prime condition. The result of IQF seafood is a product that in some cases is even better fresh!
Our local halibut offering includes the California halibut (Paralichthys californicus) and Cortez halibut (Paralichthys aestuarius). The species are nearly identical and you may receive one or the other depending on inventory and time of year.
California halibut is found nearshore off the Pacific coastline of California and Baja. The Cortez halibut may be found south of Magdalena Bay on the Pacific side of Baja California and throughout the Sea of Cortez. Both are harvested mainly on hook & line. In Baja this is done by artisanal fishermen operating small day boats known as pangas and working collectively out of the region's coastal villages.
*This fish may contain pinbones