Tilefish Puttanesca
Chef John Griffo

4 servings

1.5 lb tilefish filets
3 oz. olive oil for sauteing
1 cup of flour
Sea salt and Black pepper 

  • Lightly season the flour, dredge the tilefish filet 
  • Saute over medium heat until lightly golden brown -- approximately 2 minutes on each side 
  • Place in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes

Ingredients for Putanesca Sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup onion diced medium
1/4 cup red wine
4 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
2 medium peppers (mix red, green or yellow to make it more colorful)
2 cans of Cento whole San Marzano tomatoes (roughly chopped)
1 cup of pitted Kalamata Olives cut 1/4's
2 tablespoons drained capers (Dina likes the small ones)
2 tablespoons minced anchovy filets (Optional)
1/2 bunch chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions for Putanesca Sauce:
  • Saute onion until slightly translucent, add garlic saute briefly 
  • add red wine, bay leaves and basil and reduce by half 
  • add the remaining ingredients and simmer 15-20 minutes or until right before your significant other gets home

Serve over Pasta for a Delicious Meal!

Viking Village
Box 458
1801 Bayview Ave
Barnegat Light
New Jersey 08006
Fax 361-9536

Viking Village
Life History and Habitat
Life history, including information on the habitat, growth, feeding, and reproduction of a species, is important because it affects how a fishery is managed.

•Geographic range: Along the outer continental shelf and upper continental slope of the entire east coast of the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. They are most abundant from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, south to Cape May, New Jersey.
•Habitat: Waters from 250 to 1,500 feet deep where bottom temperatures range from 49 to 58º F. Individual tilefish are found in and around submarine canyons where they burrow in the sediment. They are most common over mud or sand bottom and sometimes concentrate in small groups or pods. 
•Life span: Long-lived, with of maximum observed age of 46 years (females) and 39 years (males). Radiocarbon aging indicates that tilefish may live for as long as 50 years. 
•Food: Tilefish feed during the day on the bottom on shrimp, crabs, clams, snails, worms, anemones, and sea cucumbers. 
•Growth rate: Slow
•Maximum size: Female tilefish are smaller than males. Females can reach a maximum length of 43 inches while males can reach a maximum of 45 inches. The average size tilefish harvested from the northeast Atlantic throughout the Gulf of Mexico is 24 inches.
•Reaches reproductive maturity: At about 20 inches in length and 3 pounds in weight; around 5 to 6 years in age. 
•Reproduction: Females produce from 2 to 8 million pelagic eggs. Tilefish are thought to be gonochoristic (remaining as females or males throughout their entire lifetime), however recent research has concluded that tilefish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are protogynous hermaphrodites (beginning life as females and transitioning into males).
•Spawning season: March through November (Mid and South Atlantic) and January – June (Gulf of Mexico); peaks in June (mid-Atlantic) and April (South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico)
•Spawning grounds: Little information is known about where tilefish spawn; spawning individuals have been collected from mud or sand bottom at depths of 620 to 985 feet. 
•Migrations: None
•Predators: Monkfish, spiny dogfish, congor eels, large bottom-dwelling sharks like dusky and sandbar sharks, and most importantly, other tilefish. 
•Commercial or recreational interest: Both
•Distinguishing characteristics: The golden tilefish is easily distinguishable from other members of the family Malacanthidae by its large adipose flap, or crest, on the head. In fact, male tilefish can be distinguished from female tilefish because this flap is larger on males. The species is blue-green and iridescent on the back, with numerous spots of bright yellow and gold. The belly is white and the head is rosy, with blue under the eyes. The pectoral fins are sepia-colored, and the margin of the anal fin is purplish-blue.
{Excerpted from NOAA/NMFS Fishwatch}
    The Golden Tilefish fishery at Viking Village while no longer predominant, is nonetheless, significant. In the late 1970's Viking Village was acclaimed as the "Tilefish Capital of the World", the fishery having been pioneered by the dock's owners, Capts. Lou Puskas and John Larson.  
    Tilefish are deepwater bottom dwelling fish and in our area, are caught in offhore canyons with longlines set on the ocean floor. Currently, we have a few of boats fishing part time for Golden Tilefish.
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Tilefish Puttanesca
Chef John Griffo