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Every year, we eagerly anticipate stories from sea by our fishing family Bruce and Pilar Martinelli featuring their 6 year old son Rex. Together they ventured out, off the coast of Vancouver Island in search of lingcod recently, and here in Pilar’s own words is a rare glimpse of what life is like with children … Continued

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Japanese Style Fish and Chips

October 26, 2023

Japanese Style Fish and Chips Who doesn’t love fish and chips… so why not try making them at home, but with a twist! Once again our friend and BBQ master, Steve W, has gotten creative in the kitchen and cooked up this amazing recipe with lingcod cheeks, but you can easily substitute in lingcod fillets … Continued

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Beer Battered Lingcod Recipe

June 7, 2023

If you haven’t tried lingcod, you are in for a serious treat. Named for its resemblance to both the ling and cod, the lingcod is actually not related to either of them. Its mild taste and flakey texture are similar to more classic fish and chips choices, like cod or haddock, but lingcod is slightly … Continued

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One Pan Mediterranean Lingcod

May 19, 2023

One Pan Mediterranean Lingcod This is a simple one pan lingcod dish that can be done on the BBQ (or in the oven), and is perfect to keep the heat outside on those hot summer nights! Easily doubled and baked on a sheet pan instead, you can also try different vegetables like asparagus, yellow squash … Continued

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Oat Crusted Lingcod

May 4, 2023

Oat Crusted Lingcod A lighter version of the normal deep fried cod recipes, this oat crusted lingcod pairs perfectly with a light salad. Included are instructions to make your own tartar sauce for the fish, or thin it out and use as a salad dressing. This dish can be pan fried on the stovetop or, … Continued

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Grilled Lingcod with Crispy Prosciutto When you think lingcod, think more than just fish and chips! This sustainable seafood recipe not only looks elegant on the plate, but comes together quickly and can be grilled indoors or on the BBQ. For a lighter version, substitute the tater tots for roasted fresh potatoes, or the packaged … Continued

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Rodrigo-Style Fish Tacos

February 22, 2023

Rodrigo-Style Fish Tacos We always love getting creative recipe ideas from our fishing families, and a great resource is our friends Bruce and Pilar Martinelli who provide us with sustainable seafood: wild, lingcod and tuna. This recipe is perfect for your next Taco Tuesday night, which calls for lingcod but you could use any of … Continued

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Beer Battered Lingcod Recipe

February 10, 2022

Ever since one of our favourite local restaurants added beer battered lingcod (from Skipper Otto!) and chips to their menu, we’ve been fully sold on lingcod as the ultimate fish and chips fish. You know we love to cook with beer, so you can imagine how excited we were to make this ourselves. If you … Continued

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Interview With Bruce, Pilar & Rex Martinelli!

January 7, 2020

Bruce, Pilar and Rex Martinelli are back for an interview to talk lingcod and tuna fishing, favourite recipes, family life on and off board, and why they love working with Skipper Otto and eating Canadian sustainable seafood. If you missed their last story, Pilar writes to us about having their toddler, Rex, on board, the … Continued

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Baby on Board – Fishing is a Family Affair!

May 24, 2019

Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishermen, sent us this story about fishing as a family. Pilar describes the joy of including her toddler on their commercial fishing journeys! I find that most people are puzzled, worried, or shocked by the idea of taking a toddler on a working commercial fish boat, but for the … Continued

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