Species Name:Zeus faber
Sometimes called St Pierre or St. Peter’s Fish, John Dory is a round fish with a laterally compressed body. The fish has a characteristic dark spot on the side of its body used to confuse prey. There are also legends that say the dark spot on the fish’s side is St. Peter’s thumbprint.
Where: New Zealand
How: Wild Caught/Trawl, Longline
John Dory has firm meat that cooks up moist with a mild and slightly sweet flavor.
For Your Menu
Since the fillets are thin and lean cook them quickly and carefully. Great for poaching, sautéing, steaming or broiling.
For Your Waitstaff
Your guests may appreciate the description of John Dory’s unique “eye spot” and legends that associate that spot with St. Peter’s thumbprint! Also, since this fish is from New Zealand you may recommend pairing with a delicious New Zealand white wine.
For Your Retail Display
If you can get your hands on a whole John Dory it will make a spectacular addition to your fresh case!