A lean saltwater fish with flesh that is tender, white and mildly sweet flavored. It is a versatile fish that can be used for many purposes but when grilling, it is best to place the fish in a fish basket because rockfish does not hold together well. Trout, grouper, snapper or monkfish can be used for substitutes if rockfish is not available. Also known as "striped bass."
To check the fish for doneness, use the tip of a sharp knife and cut through the thickest part of the fillet. If the fish has been properly cooked, the meat will appear opaque but will still be moist.
Rockfish are a "treasure of the Chesapeake" and this moderately flavored fish has been revered for decades by Marylanders and visitors alike. The lively Cajun tomato relish is easy to prepare and a wonderful complement to this Eastern Shore delicacy.