Selection Guide

NOAA Seafood Inspection Program developed this guide to the flavor and texture of fish and shellfish to help consumers select species based on these qualities.

Mild FlavorModerate FlavorFull Flavor
Delicate Texture
Cod
Black Cod
Bluefish
Crabmeat
Buffalo
Mussels
Flounder
Butterfish
Oysters
Haddock
Lake Perch
 
Pollock
Lingcod
 
Scallops
Whitefish
 
Skate
Whiting
 
Sole
 
 
Moderate Texture
Crawfish
Canned Tuna
Canned Salmon
Lobster
Conch
Canned Sardines
Rockfish
Mullet
Mackerel
Sheepshead
Ocean Perch
Smoked Fish
Shrimp
Shad
 
Walleye Pike
Smelt
 
 
Surimi Product
 
 
Trout
 
   
Firm Texture
Grouper
Amberjack
Clams
Halibut
Catfish
Marlin
Monkfish
Drum
Salmon
Catfish
Mahi Mahi
Swordfish
Sea Bass
Octopus
Tuna
Snapper
Pompano
 
Squid
Shark
 
Tautog
Sturgeon
 
Tilefish