Lingcod is not a true cod, it actually got it's name because the fish itself resembles cod and ling fish.
Lingcod is just as versatile as Pacific Cod, but it's a little higher in fat and therefore I find it to be a bit more flavorful. Lingcod cooks like Cod and can be used in the same recipes.
Black Cod is also a misleading name as it's not a cod at all. All the fishermen I have ever known have called it Black Cod, but it is required to be labeled as Sablefish when it's sold.
Black Cod is also called Butterfish sometimes and I can see why- the texture is so silky and buttery due to the extremely high fat content. While Cod is a general white fish that works in a wide variety of recipes, Black Cod is a gourmet fish that is best with specialized recipes meant to showcase its rich flavor and texture (and it tends to cook longer and hotter than actual cod).
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