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What Is Corvina? (+ What It Tastes Like)

What is corvina? If you aren’t much of a traveler, you likely haven’t tasted this delicious fish.

So let’s take a closer look!

Corvina Fish on a Pan Garnished with Sliced Lemon

This delicious sea bass is a delicacy in Central and South America, and it comes in many variations.

With a mild flavor, it’s a great fish to cook for those who don’t love seafood.

That being said, if you’ve ever had corvina, you know it’s a deliciously tender fish!

Corvina is a great protein to add to a number of dishes, no matter where you are.

If you can get your hands on this fish, do yourself a favor and have corvina for dinner!

What is Corvina? 

Corvina is actually the name for a whole family of tropical fish, with over 250 varieties.

From white sea bass and kingfish to spotted and speckled sea trout, there are too many to name.

No matter what variation you buy, the flesh will be firm and cook well.

The flavor of all variations will be mild enough to go with a variety of savory dishes. 

The meat itself is lightly sweet and flaky after cooking. It has ample protein and is a great meat for those trying to lose weight.

With so many varieties, corvina fish can be anywhere from a half pound to 100 pounds!

Be sure to ask the butcher or fishmonger what specific variety you’re buying.

What Does Corvina Taste Like? 

The reality is that corvina will take on a variety of flavor profiles.

Whether serving it in a fresh and bright ceviche or frying the whole fish, it’s always delicious.

Many people love corvina because of the mild flavor. Instead of being fishy, it’s light and a touch sweet.

If you’re only familiar with freshwater fish, corvina will taste very similar to cod when cooked.

When served raw, corvina has a stronger, sharp taste. This makes it great for fish lovers!

Because of this mild flavor, it’s great in a variety of fish recipes.

From butter and herbs to spicy ceviche, corvina is a great choice!

You’ll love the light texture and modest flavor no matter how you cook it!

Raw and Fresh Corvina Fish on a Table

Corvina Varieties 

Though there are 270 variations of corvina fish in the world, they’re not notably different.

Many actually have names that resemble the sounds the fish make.

If you’re looking for corvina, it may be labeled as such.

Though, be on the lookout for some of these other names of common corvina varieties!

  • White sea bass
  • Atlantic croaker
  • Orangemouth corvina
  • Black drum
  • Red drum
  • Yellowfin corvina
  • Speckled sea trout
  • Spotted sea trout
  • Weakfish
  • Kingfish

Though many of the names mention trout and bass, the corvina fish is not related to either. 

If you’re on the hunt for a specific variety, be sure to ask the fishmonger what variety you’re buying.

Corvina Fish Meat Served as Sushi With Different Flavorful Spices

How To Cook Corvina 

Like many of your favorite other sea fish, corvina can be cooked in so many ways.

Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare this fabulous fish!

  • Roasted whole: Though many people skin and debone fish before cooking, corvina is a great whole fish. Stuff the fish with veggies, herbs, or even cheese before roasting!
  • Enjoyed Raw: Corvina is a great fish to consume raw. It’s wonderful served with ceviche, sashimi, and sushi! The bright and tangy flavor is excellent with citrus, savory, and spicy ingredients.
  • Fried: Anyone who says they don’t like fried fish isn’t doing it right. A light batter or breading goes a long way on this delicious fish. 
  • Grilled: Because the meat of this fish is firm, it holds up well on the grill. However, if you’re worried about it falling apart, just leave the flesh on! You still get that great grilled flavor with no stress.

Where to Buy Corvina 

If you’re buying fish from the supermarket, you likely won’t find corvina.

Though you may be able to find frozen corvina varieties that have been packaged and frozen.

If you want fresh corvina, it’s best to go straight to a fish market.

By talking to a fishmonger, you’ll be able to know what variety you’re buying.

Plus, the fresher the fish the better the flavor!

So if you have access to a fish market, head on down and look for some of the common corvina varieties. 

Fresh Corvina Garnished With Herbs and Lemon Slices

How to Store Corvina 

Storing corvina fish is much like any other fish, as it must be stored cold!

Fresh corvina should be sealed airtight, and stored in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days.

If you aren’t able to use the fish right away, it might be best to freeze it.

To freeze corvina, store it in an air-tight container, wrapped tightly in plastic.

The fish will keep in the freezer for as long as you need it. 

Though, it’s important to note that after 3 months or so, the fish will start losing flavor and texture.

Once defrosted, use the fish within 24 hours to prevent spoiling.

What Is Corvina?

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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