Whiting is a species of fish in the Gadidae family or cod. Although some people call other types of fish "whiting", they most often refer to this species, Merlangius merlangus, by that name. These fish have a long, torpedo-shaped body. They have three dorsal fins on their back, the first being the highest.
Their iridescent scales vary in color from dark blue to yellow or brown. They are ideal for adding to stews and soups, but also for boiling, poaching, or grilling.