Halibut season opened this week, and Tony’s has first-of-the-season, fresh, Alaskan Halibut!
Alaskan halibut populations are managed, and the surplus is granted through “individual fishermen quotas”, or IQFs. Each fisherman has from March through November to catch their quota.
The Halibut population in the Pacific Ocean is doing well, and this year the International Pacific Halibut Commission approved a coast-wide catch limit of 31.4 million pounds of this versatile fish. That’s an increase of about 1.5 million pounds over last year!
Halibut is a lean fish with mild, sweet tasting white flesh, large flakes and a firm but tender texture. They are the largest of all flounders/flatfish, with an average commercial catch weight of 25-30 lbs.
Since these flat fish lay along the ocean floor, they have two different colored sides—the top side is a mottled dark brown color for effective camouflage, and the bottom is off white with slight tinges of pink.
Halibut is one of the most versatile fish available. You can bake, broil, grill, poach, saute, smoke, steam, or of course batter and fry it for Halibut & Chips! When you cook Halibut, bring it to an internal temp of about 125° – 130° F. This insures the fish will be tender and moist.
We should have a healthy supply of Alaskan Halibut for the next nine months, but there’s nothing like the first catch! Celebrate the bounty of the ocean with us this weekend, and get your hands on some first-of-the-season Alaskan Halibut!!