Saithe – also known as Coley – is a whitefish, although its flesh is grey when raw. When cooked, the flesh turns a brilliant clear white and is firm and flakey, making it easy to cook with. Species range from 500g to 6kg but are usually only available as fillets.
Saithe has a rich, fishy flavour and is thus more distinctive than other whitefish and work well in spicy or full-flavoured dishes. It is an excellent option for fishcakes or croquettes. Look out for hand-line caught saithe, which is the highest quality and most sustainable option.
Adapted from Love Seafood
Best during:January , May - December
Cooking recommendations:Deep fry, bake, grill or steam