A variety of flatfish are harvested in Alaska and fall under the Sole/Flounder heading:
- Alaska Plaice (Pleuronectes quadrituberculatus)
- Arrowtooth Flounder (Artheresthes stomias)
- Dover Sole (Microstomus pacificus)
- Flathead Sole (Hippoglossoides elassodon)
- Rex Sole (Errex zachirus)
- Rock Sole (Pleuronectes bilineatus)
- Yellowfin Sole (Pleuronectes asper)
Range & Habitat: The icy, clean waters of Alaska are home to some of the most treasured species of sole. Alaska Sole is responsibly harvested by the trawl fleet and is available fresh and frozen year-round.
Identification & Biology: Commonly referred to as flatfish because of their distinctive shape, Alaska Sole are an asymmetrical fish with both eyes on one side of their head. The different speices vary in size and thickness.
Market Description: All of the flatfish harvested in Alaska are a great choice if you’re looking for a mild, tender, easy to cook wild fish. Even people who shy away from fish will love these delicious, slightly sweet fillets. Also great for kids.
Recommended Preparation: This versatile, lean fish does need to be handeled carefully but it cooks up firm and can star in classic recipes like sole meunière (Julia Child’s favorite!) or work with a variety of international flavors and techniques. If you have customers looking for a low-cal option, pair sole with fresh herbs and citrus and some whole grains.