Roughhead Grenadier

Some alternative names

Latin: Macrourus berglax
Norwegian: Isgalt
French: Grenadier
German: Rauhköpfiger Grenadierfisch


The roughhead grenadier has a firm, fine meat with a mild shellfish flavour. It is very useful for both grilling and frying, and it is an indispensable ingredient for chefs who really understand fish. Recipes which include roughhead grenadier can be found on the Møreforskning website.

The fish

The roughhead grenadier is a white fish of the grenadier family and can grow up to 110 cm long, has large eyes, a pointed snout and a long tail. It lives above the sea bed at depths of 100–1000 metres, where it eats fish and prawns, as well as other crustaceans, brittle stars and bristleworms.


There is no commercial fishing for roughhead grenadier, but it is caught when fishing for other species.