EATING OR BUYING WHITEFISH
Every day, Michigan’s fishermen catch local Whitefish with the goal of bringing it to your table with the highest quality and flavor in the fastest time.
Whitefish can be found all across the state of Michigan at fisheries, stores and restaurants.
Simply click the links, and we’ll show you where Michigan Great Lakes Whitefish can be found.
A long standing tradition
of commercial fishermen
is smoking their catch for people to enjoy.
Look for an (*) asterisk
next to the fish stores
for locations that supply smoked fish.
TIPS FOR BUYING WHITEFISH
The fresher the fish, the better the flavor. Here’s the checklist:
Flesh: firm and not separating from bones
Aroma: mild and fresh; fish have a characteristic aquatic odor that only becomes disagreeable as it loses freshness
Eyes: look for bright and clear, not protruding
Gills: red and free of slime
Skin: shiny and colorful; as fish loses freshness, characteristic markings fade
STORING: Wrap fresh fillets in plastic wrap and keep them well chilled in the refrigerator (32 degrees) for up to 2 days before use. Wrapped fresh fillets can be packed in ice in the fridge for extra safety.
Expertly frozen and carefully handled Whitefish is as wonderful as fresh, and easier to store for quick and convenient meals. Buy this.
Intact Package: Not open, torn or rewrapped
Positioned: Avoid packages sitting above the frost line in the store’s freezer
Clear: Transparent packages should reveal no signs of frost or ice crystals inside
Frozen Whitefish may be cooked from frozen or thawed
STORING: Store frozen Whitefish at 0 degrees F as follows. Maximum Quality: up to 3 months. Maximum Storage: up to 9 months