Monday, December 11, 2006

Species Focus: John Dory

In case you are wondering why we started with John Dory, the answer is: why not!

I have not personally even eaten John Dory (also known as St. Peter's Fish) which is one of those "exotic" fish that people inquire as to whether or not it is kosher because it seems exciting. It comes from Australia, which means two things to most kosher consumers:

1. It is going to be expensive
2. It is likely to be skinned

For those of you not excluded because of #1, #2 is going to be an issue. The first rule in kosher fish is that it must either have skin on (so that you can check for kaskeses yourself) or have hashgacha.

Yes, from what we have seen John Dory (Zeus Faber) appears to be kosher. Its scales seems to be small and smoewhat embedded (referred to as scutes), though they are still kosher if they can be removed without ripping skin. Someone who has tried it themselves should kindly reply to this post and tell us about it.

Just to mention, talk about John Dory feeding on non-kosher species should not discourage you from buying it (for those familiar with the prohibition of eating something whose entire plumpness is derived from forbidden foods). We noted that it feeds on kosher species as well.

There was one place that had interesting recipes that looked possible for us non-professional type's, but it is likely to fit in any recipe for tilapia. For what is is worth, notes that it can be, "steamed, fried, broiled, microwaved, and baked".

If you buy it whole, note that yield is rather low (about 30-35% of the whole fish can turn into edible dinner). For more details on the texture, taste, and nutritional values for John Dory, click here.


Anonymous said...

Hi. I am from Sydney, Australia and I eat John Dory a lot. It is a lovely fish as you can fry or crumb it and it doesn't really have any bones. It is great for the kids. When i was little it was my nanna's specialty. I think, however that you need to be careful as silver dory, I think, may not be kosher. I am actually on the net looking for a listing of common kosher fish but I realise common is all about where you are coming from. I was wondering about hake and hoke. These are often found in fish fingers (do americans call them fish sticks?) in Australia and I was wondering what type of fish they are.

Anonymous said...

The John Dory is kosher. It's also native to parts of the African, European and Japanese coasts, aswell as Australia. So if you live in Europe or Japan, it's fairly cheap.
Also, Hake is kosher but Blue Hake is not.

Adrian W said...

John Dory fish is absolutely not St Peter's fish, as it was never indigenous to the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee)
St Peter's fish, in the land the expression is used, means Kinneret TELAPIA also referred to in Hebrew as Amnun and in Arabic as Musht