John Dory

John Dory is said to be a poor swimmer but it knows all about protection, hence a dangerous double row of spines along its back and ten more sticking out from its dorsal fin (the one at the top). Because it's so thin, the yield, or amount of edible flesh per fish, is very low - 40% lower than a from cod, say. However, it does grow to a good large size which means that even one John Dory fillet - from a big fish - will feed two people. Which, combined with fabled eating qualities, is a fair recompense for its price. To save you from encountering all those spines, we only sell John Dory as a fillet. Treat yourself.

John Dory is said to be a poor swimmer but it knows all about protection, hence a dangerous double row of spines along its back and ten more sticking out from its dorsal fin (the one at the top).... read more »
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John Dory

John Dory is said to be a poor swimmer but it knows all about protection, hence a dangerous double row of spines along its back and ten more sticking out from its dorsal fin (the one at the top). Because it's so thin, the yield, or amount of edible flesh per fish, is very low - 40% lower than a from cod, say. However, it does grow to a good large size which means that even one John Dory fillet - from a big fish - will feed two people. Which, combined with fabled eating qualities, is a fair recompense for its price. To save you from encountering all those spines, we only sell John Dory as a fillet. Treat yourself.

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John Dory fillet
Jane Grigson spoke for many when she said John Dory was ’one of the most desirable creatures in the sea, to be compared with sole and turbot’. Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey (p106) includes a scrumptious Italian fish stew which, by...
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John Dory roe
John Dory roe
Buying the biggest and best fish we can often brings with it another great perk, the roe. After removing the beautiful fillets, we carefully collect the roe before freezing.
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