Saithe, Coalfish

Saithe, Coalfish

Saithe's distinctive flavor goes well with spicy dishes. Saithe meat has a firm texture and is well suited for frying.


Along the Norwegian coast from Stad to the Kola Peninsula

Maximum size

Lenght: 4.25 feet

Weight: 44 pounds

Some alternative names

Latin: Pollachius virens

English: Saithe/Coalfish

Nutritional value in 100 g raw saithe

Energy: 292 kJ or 69 kcal

Fat: 0.3g
Saturated fatty acids: 0g
Trans fatty acids: 0g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.1g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.1g
Protein: 16.5g
Cholesterol: 49mg
Carbohydrates, in total: 0g

Vitamin A: 2RAE
Vitamin D: 0.8µg
Riboflavin: 0.20mg
Foliate: 12µg
Vitamin B12: 4µg

Iron: 0.1mg
Selenium: 30µg

The Fish:
Saithe is a codfish that can be found both near the surface and on the seabed down to a depth of 1,000 feet. It is a shoaling fish that may gather in large numbers where there is plenty of food. Saithe stocks in Norwegian waters are split into two: one north of 62 °N, and one south of this point.

Northeast Arctic Saithe becomes sexually mature at the age of 5–6 years and spawns in winter along the Norwegian coast, from Lofoten to the North Sea. The spawning period peaks in February, after which the young drift passively northwards with the currents. Small saithe appear in southern and western Norway in spring, and by the coast of Finnmark as late as August. They migrate a long way from the areas where they feed and grow, and can live up to 30 years.

Wild Catch:
The fishing of saithe takes place all year-round along the Norwegian coast. Common equipment is bottom trawl, purse seine, gill net, Danish seine and hand line.

Saithe is especially rich in:

  • Protein that builds and maintains every cell in the body
  • Vitamin D, necessary to balance calcium in the body, which maintains and strengthens the bones
  • Vitamin B12, which is important for the body in producing new cells, including red blood cells Vitamin B12 can help to prevent anemia
  • Selenium, an important element in an enzyme that fights harmful chemical processes in the body

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