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John Dory (zeus faber)

A strange looking "upright" fish, living mainly in the Mediterranean, but occasionally found along the South Coast of England. John Dory grow to about 60cm/2 feet in length, but over half its weight is taken up with the head section. Its flesh, however, is very highly regarded.

It is easily distinguished by having "thumb prints" on either side of its head. Because of these, it's known as Saint Pierre in France - these traditionally being left by St. Peter when he touched the fish. Any recipe for sole or turbot is suitable; and they are exellent poached and served cold with homemade Tartare sauce. Small John Dorys are good in bouillabaisse. See 'Tartare Sauce'

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