What is Porgy?

Find out more about this delicious fish

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Porgy are often cooked whole.

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.

Click here for the full grilled porgy fish recipe.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.