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.


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.


Range from 250g up to 2kg


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


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

Oil Content


Price Guide


Portion Size

Whole; fillets


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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