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Different Types of Fish


Below, we’ve divided some of the most common kinds of fish into three categories: Very Light and Flaky, Light-to Medium, and Meatier and/or More Assertively Flavored.* Use this chart to help find substitutes for and kinds of fish similar to the ones you already know you like.

Very Light and Flaky (mild flavor, white; filets are usually fairly thin)

  • Black Sea Bass
  • Branzino
  • Flounder
  • Fluke
  • Perch
  • Porgy
  • Sole
  • Sea bass
  • Tilapia
  • Wild Striped Bass

Light-to-medium (still somewhat flaky, but typically a little thicker and firmer than the fish in the first category. Listed in general order of ascending firmness.)

  • Trout
  • Arctic char
  • Catfish
  • Red snapper
  • Grouper
  • Skate
  • Cod
  • Hake
  • Black fish
  • Haddock
  • Redfish
  • Halibut
  • Black Cod (Sablefish)
  • Monkfish
  • Chilean Seabass

Meatier and/or more assertively flavored fish

  • Anchovies
  • Bluefish
  • Mackerel
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna
  • Wild salmon

*Note that this list is not hard and fast, and much of it is a matter of opinion—one man’s medium-flaky fish can be something another man considers meaty fish.

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