Porgy is the name for about 100 species of fish (also called sea breams or scup) in the Sparidae family. They are small, shallow-water fish with sharp teeth.
Porgy is an excellent fish to eat and cook with. From a sustainability standpoint, United States wild-caught porgy is one fish that the Monterey Bay Aquarium considers a “Good Alternative” because there is little bycatch and few habitat impacts when porgy is fished. And, porgy has a mild flavor and a texture that ranges from delicate to medium firmness; these factors make it an ideal fish for a number of culinary applications and cooking methods.
Porgy is a small fish and it is commonly cooked whole. After the fish is scaled and gutted, it can be brushed with olive oil, garlic, and spices and then grilled for a few minutes on each side. Served with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, this porgy fish recipe is healthy and delicious.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.