Leading Fish Entrees

Salmon is among the top fish entrees on Canadian menus, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database. Frequently billed as a healthy option, salmon easily adapts to a variety of flavours, ranging from Southern barbecue to Asian teriyaki to Indian tikka.

Alternatively, fish and chips is also a popular option on menus. This indulgent, fried classic is a staple at restaurants, with some operators even giving the dish their own twist with housemade batters or dipping sauces. For example, The 3 Brewers menu offers its Beer Battered Fish and Chips, featuring cod dipped in a housemade blonde beer batter, and ABC Country Restaurant offers a Pacific Cod and Chips in a housemade Steamworks beer batter.

Also on the list is cod. This fish, available year round, is frequently sourced from within Canada, such as Ottawa, Ontario-based Beckta’s Blue Cornmeal-Coated Fogo Island Cod, and Toronto-based Canoe’s Newfoundland Cod. This variety of fish is also prepared in a variety of ways, such as fried, grilled, pan-seared and poached.


Kristin Menas is the Associate Editor, Canada & Adult Beverage at Technomic Inc. in Chicago. She is responsible for writing, editing and analyzing foodservice-related content with a focus on the Canadian market. Technomic provides foodservice clients with the facts, insights and consulting support they need to enhance their business. Its services include publications and digital products, as well as proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry. For more information, visit www.technomic.com.