Orange Roughy

When we went grocery shopping last night, I picked up a fish fillet to be made into some Indonesian fish cake called Pempek. The fillet came from some white meat fish called the orange roughy. I'd never heard of the fish before but I thought as long the meat was white, I should be able to handle it (I don't like to eat red meat fish).

The Pempek I had today for lunch turns out to be the best Pempek I've ever made. I've tried to make it about half a dozen times before, but usually met with failure. To celebrate my success, I decided to do a little research on the orange roughy.

Orange roughy -- also goes by the exotic name of slimehead -- turns out to be an ugly, deep-sea creature. It can live up to 149 years but only grows to about 61cm (2 feet) in length. That means the fish I was eating could be older than me! How cool is that? Well, maybe not so cool to you, but it's pretty cool to me since I don't get to eat meat coming from an animal that's older than me every day that even the prospect of it kind of excites me.

If the facts about the orange roughy don't really impress you, this Japanese video that shows you how to peel cooked potato skin in one shot should (link stolen from SMooSH). I still have yet to try the trick out.


  1. Fred
    March 7, 2006

    I picked up a filet of Tur­bot at Trader Joes one day — it was great so I decid­ed to look it up — big mis­take. I guess those bot­tom feed­ers are all pret­ty ugly.

  2. Scouser
    March 8, 2006

    May I be the first to wish you a hap­py Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day

  3. mariskova
    March 8, 2006

    It took me 6 months (!) to final­ly get the courage to buy some fish and actu­al­ly cook it. Their Japan­ese names some­how are not con­vinc­ing enough :(

  4. Lisa
    March 8, 2006

    Orange roughy is one of my favorite fish to eat. My Dad used to make alu­minum foil pouch­es with the fish, toma­toes, onions, spices and olive oil inside and throw it on the grill for a while. Deli­cious!

  5. James Bow
    March 8, 2006

    I hope you won’t mind this off-top­ic com­ment, but I’d like to invite you to join the Water­loo-Welling­ton Blog­gers Asso­ci­a­tion. This is a blogroll alliance designed to pro­mote the region­al iden­ti­ty of Water­loo Region, Water­loo Coun­ty and the City of Guelph in the blo­gos­phere and to share traf­fic. As you are in Water­loo Region and you have a blog, you cer­tain­ly qual­i­fy.
    Pay a vis­it to the blog aggre­ga­tor at to see who else is involved. I you would like to join in, sim­ply copy and paste the blogroll code onto your tem­plate and drop me an e-mail. I’ll do the rest.
    I hope you will join up, and help make the WWBA into an asso­ci­a­tion wor­thy of rivalling the GTA Blog­gers. Heck, if Wind­sor-Essex can get an asso­ci­a­tion of blogs, Water­loo Region could do bet­ter. I look for­ward to see­ing you on the list.

  6. Chris
    March 8, 2006

    Mmm­mm! Orange Roughy! That used to be my favorite fish as a kid. As an adult, though, I rarely buy it as it tends to be pri­cy. I guess it was over-fished a few years back, knock­ing up the price, which is a shame.
    Care to share your recipe for pem­pek?

  7. Cheryl
    May 25, 2006

    I have an odd ques­tion, has any­one noticed any pecu­liar gas­tric occur­ances after eat­ing Orange Roughy. And does it involve the word “Orange” ?

  8. Jeremy
    July 10, 2006

    To Cheryl:
    Yes I have noticed that an orange oily sub­stance appears when reliev­ing yourself.I always won­dered what caused it. My dad and my broth­er both had that hap­pen to them to. We assumed it was the Orange Roughy. I guess it is because Roughy has lots of oil in it.

  9. Minh
    August 9, 2006

    To reduce bad Cho­les­terol, try eat­ing a pound of Orange Roughy with one whole red apple after meal. Must eat three con­sec­u­tive days to see result. No carb dur­ing the­se three days. Repeat every three months.
    Note: Do not take any antidiar­rheal med­ica­tion.
    Tip came from friends that suc­ced­ed with low­er­ing cho­les­terol.

  10. daniel wrightsman
    March 2, 2007

    ORANGE ROUGHY is high­ly endan­gered! Because it takes so long to mature and because it’s a deep sea fish the fish­eries (there have only been 30 — to feed the globe) have all been deplet­ed and will not recov­er. Because of con­sumer demand new fish­eries will be found and deplet­ed. You don’t have to con­tribute. PLEASE don’t eat the Roughy. For a list of fish to eat and not to eat (this list doesn’t take into con­sid­er­a­tion fish con­tain­ing heavy met­als that may be bad for you like Mer­cury) look here:


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