Species of Fish & Shellfish Glossary

Find out all you need to know about the different species of fish and shellfish available to you from Cornwall. Discover information, recipes and similar alternative species of fish and shellfish, as well as details on nutritional content and seasonality information.

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Anchovies

In Season: All Year

Anchovies are an excellent pantry staple since they have a strong but refined fish flavour.

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Sea Bream

In Season: July – December

There are a number of different species of Bream, Sea Bream is what is fished in Cornwall.

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Brill

In Season: May – September

Stunning Cornish flatfish family of species, brill is similar to Turbot in taste & texture.

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Clams

In Season: Jan – Apr / Sep – Dec

Delicate sweet clams, gathered by  professional divers all along the coast.

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Cockles

In Season: July – December

Amazing cockles, gathered by divers all along the coast near rocks.

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Cod

In Season: Jan – Feb / Jun – Dec

Our Cornish Cod is very popular among the British restaurants & public.  

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Cold Water Prawns

In Season: All Year

As their name suggests, these prawns originate from cold and icy waters and are wild-caught.

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Coley

In Season: Feb-Apr, Aug-Dec

Coley, also known as Saithe or Coalfish, is a great substitute for Cod or Haddock.

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Crab

In Season: In season: Apr-Oct

Brown Crab, Velvet Crab, King Crab and Spider Crabs are all available on the Cornish coast. 

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Cuttlefish

In Season: Jan-Feb, Apr-Aug-Dec

A relation of squid and octopus, cuttlefish possess a flavour that is light & sweet.

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Dab

In Season: Jan-May

The dab is a small species of flatfish – rarely caught bigger than 700g in size.

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Dover Sole

In Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov

Dover Sole has a crisp white flesh, firm to touch, with an almost sweet taste.

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Flounder

In Season: Jun-Sep

Flounder is an abundant flatfish species – possessing a similar texture to plaice.

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Gurnard

In season: Mar-May, Aug-Sep

Gurnard are found in-shore on the Cornish coast, the best alternative is Cod.

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Haddock

In season: Feb-Apr, Aug-Oct

A member of the Cod family, Haddock is very popular species of white round fish. 

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Hake

In season: May-Aug

Possessing white flesh that when cooked is mild in flavour and flaky in texture.

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Halibut

In season: Jan-May, Sep-Dec

Halibut is a highly esteemed and very tasty species of flatfish.

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Herring

In season: Jul-Sep

Herring is an oil-fish, high in omega 3 – great for grilling or baking.

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Langoustines

In season: Jan-Dec

Langoustines look like large prawns, but are actually more closely related to a lobster.

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Lemon Sole

In season: Jan-Mar, May-Aug, Oct-Dec

More rounded than a Dover, with a lighter, yellowy-brown dark side.

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Lobster

In season: Jan-Dec

Lobsters are an impressive centrepiece for any meal occasion and a real treat.

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Mackerel

In season: Apr-Dec

Mackerel – a superb fish, great value for money, readily available and yet amazingly underrated.

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Monkfish

In season: Apr-Sep-Dec

Monkfish is a deliciously meaty fish, full of flavour.

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Mussels

In season: Jan-Mar, Sep-Dec

Mussels are a great value shellfish that make a fine starter, lunch or main course.

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Octopus

In season: Jan-Dec

Octopus can often be difficult to cook, as it can easily become tough and rubbery. 

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Oysters

In season: Jan-Dec

There are two main oyster varieties available in the UK: Pacific (or rock) oysters & native oysters.

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Plaice

In season: May-Aug, Nov-Dec

A mild tasting species of flatfish, plaice takes sauces and other flavours very well.

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Pollack

In season: Jan-May, Nov-Dec

A white, flaky fish that is an excellent substitute for cod.

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Sardines

In season: Jan-Mar, Jul-Dec

Rich in omega 3, sardines and pilchards are actually the same species. 

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Scallops

In season: Apr-Sep

A delicious and highly regarded shellfish, scallops are a popular choice in Cornwall.

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Sea Bass

In season: May-Sep

Striking with a spiky dorsal fin and silver colouration, this species is a firm favourite

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Squid

In season: Jan-, Jul-Dec

Similar in many ways to octopus, there are loads you can do with squid.

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Bonito

In season: Jan-Apr, Sep-Dec

With its firm, rich meat, Bonito is often described as being like a steak.

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Turbot

In season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Nov

Turbot is a species of flatfish with an almost circular outline. Line caught in Cornwall.

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Warm Water Prawns

In season: Jan-Dec

 Species such as tiger prawns are considerably larger than their Coldwater counterparts.

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Whiting

In season: Jan-Mar, Sep-Dec

A smallish sized fish from the cod family, whiting has a silvery round body.

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