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Old 05-06-2019, 09:22 PM
 
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What does whitefish mean?

At some restaurants, like fast food, or serve some kind of breaded fried fish filet, they just say "whitefish". What is this Whitefish?

Is it cod, haddock, sole, etc etc, or whatever is cheapest at the moment?

Like Popeye's chicken has a fried whitefish, or McD's filet-O-fish.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Whitefish is any low value fish that gets caught in the nets. The species varies from Atlantic to Pacific, Northern to Southern hemispheres. Ocean whitefish is an actual species off the West Coast, but whitefish on the box won't tell you if there is any ocean whitefish in the fish sticks.
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:39 PM
 
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McD's is Alaskan Pollock I think
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Troy, NY
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What does whitefish mean?

At some restaurants, like fast food, or serve some kind of breaded fried fish filet, they just say "whitefish". What is this Whitefish?

Is it cod, haddock, sole, etc etc, or whatever is cheapest at the moment?

Like Popeye's chicken has a fried whitefish, or McD's filet-O-fish.

There is a "whitefish". But typically when you see whitefish on the menu it can be anything from:
haddock, cod, pollock, sole, hake, tilapia, flounder, swai

They all have similar texture, and taste. Most of those fast food fish patties are pressed fish. They are or can be made using a blend of "whitefish". Unless the menu/ad specifies what fish (IE: Haddock Fish Fry), they can legally do this.

In the case of McD's filet-O-fish, it's pollock.
https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/p...et-o-fish.html
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:06 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Whitefish is any low value fish that gets caught in the nets.
Maybe, maybe not.
There is:
Freshwater whitefish is a members of the subfamily Coregoninae in the family Salmonidae, including:
Atlantic whitefish (Coregonus huntsmani in the genus Coregonus)
Common whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus in the genus Coregonus)
Lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis in the genus Coregonus)

Whitefish or white fish is a fisheries term for several species of demersal fish with fins, particularly Atlantic cod, whiting, haddock, hake (Urophycis), pollock (Pollachius), and others. Whitefish (Coregonidae) is also the name of several species of Atlantic freshwater fish.

So, I think you should ask the waiter to clarify that for you.

In John Long Silver's it could be a wild-caught cod or pollock.
https://www.qsrmagazine.com/news/bee...-john-silver-s

If you want to know more about fast food fish - read this:
The beautiful bounty of the sea: Arby's, Burger King, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Popeyes, Wendy's, and White Castle, fresh from the nets:
https://www.businessinsider.com/fast...ish-sandwich-4
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Old 05-07-2019, 12:40 AM
 
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In a fast food context, it's a mixed species of cheap fish. It's almost never cod or sole and it's almost never freshwater. Coregonus is the fish used in the deli salad spreads and it's a completely different species that is extremely oily.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:54 AM
 
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In a fast food context, it's a mixed species of cheap fish. It's almost never cod or sole and it's almost never freshwater. Coregonus is the fish used in the deli salad spreads and it's a completely different species that is extremely oily.
Read the above link what is used...
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:23 AM
 
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Yes there are actual "Whitefish" as Elnina posted, but the stuff used on fast food sandwiches (often called ocean whitefish) is mystery fish.
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:25 AM
 
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"Whitefish" is the same thing identified in New England as "scrod."
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Old 05-07-2019, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Yup, a mild fish...nothing boney or oily.
If they do not say what it is I can't order it thinking it is farm raised Tilapia, tho.

(If I had not seen 2 exposés on TV ...I never would have known how bad farm-raised is....even like Whole Foods says....'Consciously raised'...I saw the unavoidable problems....with good intentions. They also might be importing farm-raised whitefish...tastes great, but the experts said ..."Wait 10 years and see what how it effects the Public."
The import Inspectors said they would never eat anything from China,Thailand ...generally Asia...the antibiotics are huge!! Because of the filth they are raised in.)
I can't ingest that...when ya don't have to!


Jack in the Box says they use Pollock...Culver's says Cod, btw.
Glad Mcd's uses pollock...I get 2 a year...but they are so good.

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