Dory Fish - Mirror Dory
Mirror Dory Fish Flavor Profile
Mirror Dory has firm, mild flavored sweet white flesh with a fine flake. It is an incidental by-catch in the U.S. and therefore not available on a regular basis. However, in Austrailia it is more regularly available. Dory fish is best when cooked whole, especially because it is most suited for baking or roasting applications. Fillets are best if sautéed or poached, grilling is difficult due to the fine flake of this fish. Mirror Dory is related to John Dory.
Typical Cooking Methods
Dory, Silver Dory (Australia - not to be confused with Silver Dory found on both the East and West Atlantic Coasts), Deep Water Dory, Deepsea Dory.
Typical Wholesale Products
Whole fish, Fillets
Description (Zenopsis nebulosa)
The Mirror Dory has a high first dorsal fin containing 9 spiny rays, and about 27 soft rays in the second. The scaleless body has a uniform silver color which is so bright it is almost mirror-like, with an indistinct dark patch in the middle of each flank. It is related to John Dory but differs in in that Mirror Dory is much more slender and compressed with silver coloring lacking the bold black "thumb print" which is distinctive to John Dory.
Mirror Dory Fish Fresh Availability
Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Mirror Dory fish is an incidental by-catch fish in the United States and therefore has a very limited availability. However, in Australia it is available year around fresh or frozen.
Mirror Dory Butchering Yield Percentage and Recovery
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|Whole Head/On ungutted||35%||25%||If you have additional yield info on this fish please leave a comment below.|
|Yield % varies according to a number of factors including: size of fish, season, sex, and the skill of your fishmonger.|
Range & Habitat
Mirror Dory is found in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Austrailia and California to Peru. It inhabits waters of 90 ft (30m) to 2400 ft (80m) deep.
Mirror Dory Nutritional Information
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving
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