Lingcod Ophiodon elongatus Buffalo Cod, Greenling, Green Cod, Rock Cod, Rockfish, Rock Trout, Blue Cod
The Ling Cod is actually a Pacific greenling. The Latin name translates as elongated snake tooth, referencing the canine looking teeth that line the fish's mouth. The skin coloration is mottled gray and brown.
A lean fish with a bland flavor the flesh of the Ling Cod is often greenish in color but turns white when cooked. The meat is tender yet firm and a little chewy with large soft , moist flakes.
The principal season for lingcod runs from October to May in the North and April to October in California.
Quality Beware of meat that is brownish or reddish in color as this is a sign the fish is old or was not properly bled.