The rich sea-life that inhabits Tenerife's oceans is also seen in the exquisite recipes that are made with fresh fish. The Island's population spent centuries living off the sea's generosity and there are plenty of families today that still depend on fishing for their livelihood. Almost every seaside town in Tenerife sells fresh fish or serves dishes of fresh fish at its restaurants overlooking the Atlantic. The fish markets in the larger urban areas also offer top quality fresh products.
The waters just off Tenerife's coasts are deep and have the influence of the Gulf Currents, making them the ideal habitat for parrot fish, sardines, samas, wreckfish, pollocks, grouper fish, combers, horse-mackerel, cuttle fish and mackerel, to name just a few. These species are also the most popular in Canarian kitchens, where they are prepared simply so as not to detract from their great flavour. They are served stewed or fried, with sauce or potatoes for the perfect fish dish. A great example is parrot fish, which is caught very close to the coast and usually served with wrinkly potatoes and Canarian mojo sauce. Wreckfish is commonly used in casseroles, which are particularly popular in northern Tenerife. Fish broth is also used to prepare dishes such as "escaldón", an extremely popular recipe based on gofio flour (made from toasted cereals), rolled into dough.