(Merlangius merlangus)

Whiting belongs to the cod family and is often caught together with cod. The diet of the whiting consists mainly of shrimps and crustaceans. Such quantities are consumed that the shrimp fishermen, every year when there is a lot of whiting under the coast, notice a clear decline in their catches.

Back greenish blue, flanks silvery, black spot at base of pectoral fin. Maximum length is 70 cm.


It is a very tasty fish, even better than cod. The meat is a bit softer.

Method of preparation

Baking, stewing and smoking.

Nutritional values

301 kJ / 72 kcal, 0.7 g fat (of which 0.1 mg Omega-3), 17.4 g protein, 0.4 mg iron, vitamins A, B and E.


Avoid / Catch

North Atlantic Ocean, from Portugal to Iceland, Spitsbergen and Novaya Zemlya, White Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak, western Baltic Sea. Also in Greenland.

Fish fact

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More information

In the Netherlands, whiting has always been 'fish for the cat'. They have therefore looked for a tasty way to give this low-fat fish a new image. This is how the snack was born. The gourmand, a very appropriate name for this fish that feeds on shrimps, a delicacy from the sea.