Gurnard Aspitrigla cuculus

A round, coldwater fish with a great flavour and firm flakes. The superb texture and flavour, and the ease with which the meat separates from the bone should make it a more popular choice.

Appearance

Red skin colour with a large pointed head protected by bony plates and strong spines, and unique, fan-like pectoral fins.

Size

Range from 300g-1.5kg

Source

English Channel, southern UK waters and the Mediterranean

Seasonality

Best availability May-September; poor in winter months

Oil Content

Low

Price Guide

Low

Portion Size

Fillets

Alternatives

Red mullet

How To Cook

Best pan-fried or grilled; combines well with sharp flavours and holds together well in soups, stews or curries.



Fish Fact

The red gurnard’s characteristic spiny fin rays on each side of the body act as 'fingers' in searching for food on the seafloor. Red gurnards are ‘benthic’ fishes, which means they live on the seabed.

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