per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 0 g
Proteins 24.4 g
Fats 0.9 g
Water 69.7 g
Fiber 0 ug
Ash 1.6 grams


112 Calories per 100g

What is a Cusk? A Cusk is a slender, outwardly streamlined-looking saltwater fish found throughout the Atlantic region of the Northern Hemisphere. This species of fish has a long, slender body and a large fatty tissue layer underneath its skin, providing insulation from cold temperatures. They have low-set eyes and a large mouth that opens up to the side of heads and jaws filled with tiny teeth. Cusk typically have a gray top and orange sides.

Cusk belong to the family Ophidiidae of the order Ophidia which also includes other species of fish such as rattails, hake and conger. They are found in the North Atlantic Ocean, primarily in areas between Labrador and Greenland, although they can also be found in certain areas of the Mediterranean Sea, the Norwegian Sea, and even some parts of the North Pacific Ocean. They generally prefer cold-water habitats, most commonly rocks and ledges, boulders, and reefs.

Cusk are most commonly caught with hook and line or trawled. Fishing for cusk is often considered a difficult task because they are so sensitive to bait, spook easily, and can strive to throw the hook. They can be anglers dream prize, however, due to their unique physical characteristics, large size, and plentiful flesh.

Cusk provide a particularly delectable, although often neglected, source of seafood riches. The creamy-textured white meat has a mild flavor, something like cod or haddock. The fish should be eaten fresh and put on ice 10 minutes after being caught to retain its freshness and taste. Cusk are also a great source of protein and are low in calories and cholesterol.

Cusk fishing has long been an important component of the coastal communities in various areas around the world, including Canada, the UK, Scandinavia, and the northeastern coast of the United States. In the United States, it is especially popular among commercial fishermen in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, who supply cusk to local markets. These fishermen typically use trawls and mid-water trawling methods to catch their cusk.

Although cusk are not as widely consumed as some other types of seafood, they do have quite a few health benefits. For starters, they are high in essential nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, selenium, and phosphorous. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain and eye development, while B vitamins help break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to give us energy. Selenium and phosphorous both help promote healthy bones, teeth, skin, and hair.

Unfortunately, cusk are also classified as “at-risk” due to their vulnerability to overfishing, pollution, and natural mortality. In addition, the high demand for this species has led to numerous cases of illegal fishing. Due to these threats, it is of utmost importance that we all practice responsible fishing for this species, in order to maintain a healthy population.

So, the next time you go out fishing, try catching a cusk! With its delectable and nutritious meat, it'll make a great addition to the dinner menu. And, with careful and mindful fishing, we can all do our part to ensure that we don’t completely deplete this species, so that future generations can enjoy it as well.