Black Drum Fish Flavor Profile
Black Drum Fish have a mild, sweet flavor with firm flesh and large, moist flakes. It is comparable to Red Snapper. Very fresh Red Drum Fish have an emerald green tint to the raw flesh, while larger fresh Red Drum Fish have a red tint. The flesh of Black Drum Fish lack these hues of color and are simply white. The flesh of both species cooks up to pure white.
Both the Red Drum Fish & Black Drum Fish have similar flavors, but Black Drum has a coarser, meatier flesh than the Red Drum. The smaller fish of both species tend to be sweeter and flakier.
Typical Cooking Methods
Banded Drum, Oyster Drum, Sea Drum, Drummer, Gray Drum, Pompey Drum, Drumfish, Striped Drum, Puppy Drum (small Drum Fish 1-9 lbs)
Typical Wholesale Products
Dressed Head-On, H&G, Skin-On Fillets, Skin-Off Fillets
Description (Pogonias cromis)
Black Drum are gray or black colored with a high arched back with slightly angled verticle light black stripes. They lack the spot on the tail which the Red Drum has.
The common name “Drum fish” comes from their ability to make a drumming sound during courtship or when pulled from the water. they do this by rubbing special muscles against an air bladder thus producing the drum-like sound.
Drum Fish can grow to nearly 5 feet and 95 pounds, but the average size is 5 – 30 pounds.
Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability, gray indicates not available fresh. Black Drum is more readily available than wild Red Drum.
Black Drum Butchering Yield % and Recovery
|Item||To Skin/On Fillets||To Skin/Off Fillets||Notes|
|Whole Head/On ungutted||46%||40%|
|Whole Head/On gutted||33%|
|Skin/On Fillets||—||87%||If you have yield info on this fish please comment below.|
Range & Habitat
Black Drum are available along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast of the United States and South America.
Additional Culinary Notes
Drum Fish carry Trematode parasites and so they must be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°. Do not use Drum Fish for sashimi or ceviche.
Black Drum Fish Sustainability Info
|Name||Alternate Names||Catch Method||Catch
|Black Drum||Drum, Drummer, Sea Drum, Drumfish||Wild, Trotline||US Gulf of Mexico||n/a|
|Disclaimer: The sustainability info above is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, each program randomly updates their information without our knowledge. We therefore recommend that you verify the current accuracy of this information.|
= Best Choice/Recommended = Good Alternative = Avoid/Not Recommended
based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.
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