Alaskan halibut and details on the season timing
Filed under Seafood Tips & Facts on December 18, 2013
A favorite among seafood lovers around the world for its mild flavor and firm yet flaky texture, fresh Alaskan halibut is one of our most popular products at Pike Place Market. The halibut season runs annually, from mid-March until mid-November.
During the season, wild-caught halibut can be purchased whole, or in steaks, fillets and cheeks (the most tender, flavorful part of the fish). When purchasing a whole halibut and choosing to have it filleted, please note that the head and bones will be removed, resulting in a 65% yield of the original fish’s weight.As one of the largest flatfish in the world, halibut can weigh over 400 pounds and grow to more than 8 feet in length. Known for its snow-white color and hearty, flaky meat, this fish is an excellent source for high-quality protein and minerals and it is low in sodium, fat and calories – making it perfect choice for a lean, healthy meal.
Fresh Alaskan halibut can be prepared in many different ways. Whether you choose to grill, poach, bake, or pan-fry it, you’re sure to be hooked for life after trying this wild-caught fish. Want to make the most of your halibut fillets this season? Be sure to check out our great recipes for a variety of unique preparation ideas.