John Dory Zeus faber

This unusual-looking, unique fish has a superb culinary reputation. The creamy white flesh boasts an outstanding flavour with a firm, dense texture similar to Dover sole, which holds well during the cooking process.

Appearance

A round, coldwater fish with a distinctive appearance, having a rounded but very thin body, a heavy mouth, and tall fins. It is an expert hunter thanks to being almost invisible to its prey when approaching head on.

Size

Range from 250g up to 2kg

Source

East Atlantic and UK waters - no dedicated UK fishery for the John Dory & no fixed quota restrictions.

Seasonality

Varied availability throughout the year as often caught as a bycatch in trawl nets.

Oil Content

Low

Price Guide

High

Portion Size

Whole; fillets

Alternatives

None - a unique species

How To Cook

Whole fish should be simply baked. Fillets are delicious pan-fried or grilled, complemented with creamy, delicate sauces and Mediterranean flavours. Beware of the sharp spines if filleting! Makes a wonderful fish stock for soups, stews and risottos.



Fish Fact

Otherwise known as St. Peter’s fish due to the thumbprint (black spot) on its side allegedly given to the fish by St. Peter. The English name derives from the French ‘jaune doré’ which translates as ‘golden yellow’.

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