By Izuzuki ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Izuzuki ( [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Alternative Names: Flathead mullet

Monterey Bay Recommendation: Bon Appétit! Striped mullet from the U.S. Atlantic and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico is a "Best Choice."

Uses in Cooking: This is served fried, baked, canned, and smoked. The roe is a popular food item, often served dried and salted.

Similar Fish: Carp, Sardine, Mackerel

Description: This fish is oily with a distinct taste is difficult to describe. The skin can be crispy and delicious.

Fun Facts: This is the only fish with a gizzard, similar to that of a chicken. It is believed to aid in digestion of detritus which may contain mud and sand.