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Porgy / Scup

Porgy / Scup

About this Species

According to Wikipedia,

The scup (Stenotomus chrysops) is a fish which occurs primarily in the Atlantic from Massachusetts to South Carolina. Along with many other fish of the family Sparidae, it is also commonly known as porgy. 

The scup fishery is one of the oldest in the United States, with records dating back to 1800.

The flesh is "firm and flaky", with a "sweet almost shrimplike flavor". Many consumers like their light flavor and they are characterized as panfish. Popular methods of cooking include frying, broiling, and baking.

Though the flesh is similar to that of more prestigious fish in the sea bream family like daurade and orata, the names "scup" and "porgy" are sometimes considered unattractive, leading to culinary names like orata Americana and Montauk sea bream.

Storage and cooking tips

  • Place your porgy/scup in the refrigerator as soon as possible!  

  • Porgy/scup are similar to snapper in terms of cooking; you can adapt any snapper recipe for porgy/scup.

  • For instructions on how to scale and gut your fish, you can read this guide.

Recipes

Whole porgy

Porgy fillets

Image: Pan-Fried Porgy with Tomatoes and Basil by A Wholesome New World