Acadian Redfish


The Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus) is a marine deep-water fish belonging to the family Sebastidae.Found in the northern Atlantic Ocean, the Acadian redfish lives in depths of 70 – 592 meters. S. fasciatus is colored reddish-orange, can live up to 50 years or more and reaches lengths up to 20 inches.


Translations: Sārtais sarkanasaris, Acadian Jūrų ešerys, Acadian Sebastă, Akadijski Redfish, Acadia Redfish, Acadian Karmazyn, Roodbaars Acadian, Acadian Uer, Акадиан Редфиш, Κοκκινόψαρο Ακαδίας, الآكادية السمك الأحمر, 이군요 홍민어, Acadian Okouník, 阿凯迪恩雷德菲什, Acadian gallineta nòrdica, Akadijski rdeči okun, Acadian Ostriežik, Acadian Scorfano, Acadian Kungsfiskar, Акадијански Редфисх, アケーディアンレッドフィッシュ, Sébaste acadien, Rotbarsch, Amerikansk rødfisk, Acadian gallineta nórdica, Акадіан Редфіш, Acadian Punasimput, Acadian морски костур

Physical Description

The Acadiam redfish is reddish-orange. They are a medium size fish and can grow up to 20 inches.
The Acadian redfish is extremely similar to the deep water redfish. The two species can be told apart by the soft rays in the anal fin, or by internally examining the gas bladder (this however does require that the fish is dead).

Colors: Reddish-orange

Tasting Notes

Flavors: Salty, Fishy
Mouthfeel: Chewy
Food complements: Salt, Pepper, Onions, Peppers
Wine complements: Red wine
Substitutes: Deepwater redfish, Salmon

Selecting and Buying

Seasonality: february, march, april
Peak: march
Choosing: When choosing fish you want to look for fish whose colors are still vibrant and bright. A whole fish's eyes should be round, plump and clear, not sunken and clouded. The gills should be colorful and not dull. Fish should not smell like fish, they should smell clean and oceanic.
Buying: You can buy redfish at a local fish market. While they are rare in grocery stores, some do have them.
Procuring: Fairly warm water, about 60 degrees. Fairly shallow water.

Preparation and Use

Salads, pastas, and baked. Generally not used as a main dish.

Cleaning: Clean just like a regular fish.

Conserving and Storing

Can be fresh or frozen.


Acadian redfish are considered endangered due to their slow growth rate, habit for hitting any sort of bait, and desirability as a food fish... actually red fish are considered a success story in New England as the population is rebuilt.



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