A true bass, this Atlantic coast fish can be found from Cape Cod to Florida, though it’s more abundant from New York to North Carolina. A best-selling fish, it can vary in color from brown to dark gray. It has a firm, moderately fat flesh that has a delicate flavor, due largely to its diet. Black sea bass is sold whole, and in steaks and fillets. It’s suitable for almost any method of preparation. See also sea bass; striped bass; fish.