Wild John Dory (St Pierre) – Whole or Fillet
Starting at $140.00
Available as two skin-on fillets. 2 pounds approx. Wild line caught. Portugal.
A rare find in US markets, our wild john dory is a unique fish that seemingly has no close relative; an odd-looking species that is unlike any other in the seas. However, it is prized for its delicious fillets.
The dory is an oval-shaped, flat-bodied fish – extremely thin – with yellow-brown to a grayish olive skin, which is covered with very fine, tiny scales that are barely detectable (and require no scaling). The ten long spines that jut out from its dorsal fin and a trademark “thumbprint” adorning its side are distinguishing marks.
Fish lore says that this black spot is traced from the righteous touch of St. Peter (The Patron Saint of Fishermen) himself. Hence, “St. Peter’s Fish,” or “St. Pierre’s Fish” to the French, are also common names.
Dory has a mild taste and a low-fat content. Due to its thin profile and large head, the fillet yield is low, only a third of the fish’s total weight. For this reason, dory is generally not prepared whole – and why we offer it fresh cut from the fish as fillets. Sautéing, steaming and poaching are all highly recommended, as well as in soups, stews, and bouillabaisse. We also suggest preparing in ways similar to dover sole for best results – St Pierre’s lean meat can become dry if overcooked.