Best Rockfish Recipe

Rockfish season is in full swing in the Chesapeake Bay! As we all know, this iconic fish, also known as striped bass, is a favorite among anglers and seafood lovers alike. With the Bay closing to striped bass fishing from July 16 through July 31, it’s the perfect time to perfect your cooking skills before the season reopens on August 1. Here’s the best rockfish recipe to celebrate your catch this season.


  • 4-6 lbs Rockfish fillets make sure blood line is removed
  • 3-4 tbsp Old Bay or J.O. Seasoning
  • Lemon  cut into wedges to be served
  • 2 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1-2 tsp Black Pepper


  • Take a stick of butter and grease up a doubled up sheet of aluminum foil big enough for your fillets can lay flat and are separated. Layout your fillets on the foil and make sure you have room to fold up the edges so the fillets bake/gill in the butter.
  • Add small butter slices on top of each fillet along with seafood seasoning, kosher salt, and black pepper to your liking. Keep it simple – a little goes a long way! And you can always serve additional seasoning on the side.
  • Cover the fillets with additional sheet(s) of aluminum foil and cook on the grill for 10-15 minutes. Less is if the grill is really hot. Seal/fold the foil sheets together tight enough you can turn all the fish over to brown both sides.
  • Serve with Lemon wedges.

Tips for Success:

  • Don’t Overcook: Keep a close eye on the fish to avoid overcooking. It should be just opaque and flake easily.
  • Pairings: Serve with a side of roasted vegetables, a light salad, or garlic mashed potatoes for a complete meal.

Chesapeake Bay Rockfish Regulations:

  • Closed Season: July 16 through July 31 (no targeting of striped bass).
  • Open Season: August 1 through December 10.
  • Daily Limit: One striped bass per person, per day.
  • Size Limit: Minimum length of 19 inches and a maximum length of 24 inches.

Enjoy your fishing and feasting responsibly, and make the most out of the rockfish season in Chesapeake Bay. This delicious recipe is sure to be a hit with family and friends, bringing the fresh taste of the Bay right to your table. Happy fishing and happy cooking – we hope you enjoy the best rockfish recipe!

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