Hebrew English Fish Chart

The bounty of fish indigenous to the Mediterranean, coupled with worldwide imports to Israel, gives those of us here an almost unprecedented number of choices for fish to cook. To help sort out which is which, I have compiled a list of fish that can be found in Israel.

It is a shame that fish cookery for most people comes down to salmon, tuna, and gefilte, with the occasional overbaked-in-oil tilapia (musht). The wide range of choices – fresh and frozen – available here can really broaden your repertoire and palette.

To add to the confusion. not all fish have the same names. My method for determining the correlation between Hebrew and English was to determine the scientific name of the species, then use several resources to determine the exact Hebrew name for that species, or, in case of conflicting information, I used a consensus.

With thousands of kosher fish species, the list is by no means comprehensive. If there is a particular fish you don’t see on the chart, please comment below and I will add it.

English Nameשם מקובלHebrew Pronunciation
Alaskan PollockזהבנוןZahabnon
Albacore tunaטונה, טונה לבנהTuna, tuna levana
Arrowtooth flounderשטצד פציפיShattzad Patzifi
Blue runnerתרחוןTarachon
CodקודKod, ze’ev yam
Common carp, Mirror CarpקרפיוןKarpion
Common dolphin-fish, mahi-mahiרעמתןRa’amatan
Common grey mulletבוריBurri
Dusky grouper (bass)לוקוסLokus
Flounderדג סנדלDag Sandal
Frigate tuna (mackerel family)פלמודהPalmudah
Galilee St.Peter’s fish; Mango tilapiaמושט אביאדMusht, Amnon
Gilt head sea breamדניסDenis
Grass carpקרפיוןKarpion esev
Greater amberjackאינטיאסIntias
Haddockחמור יםChamor Yam
Hakeמרלוזה, בקלהMarluza, Bakala
HalibutהליבוטPutit, halibut
Jordan St. Peter’s fish; Blue tilapiaמושטMusht, Amnon
Kinneret bleak (carp)סרדין טבריהSardine Tiveria
Longhead barbel (carp)כרסיןKarsin
Meagre (drum)עיט היםEit Hayam
Nile Perchנסיכה נילוסNisichah Nilus
Pink Dentex (Red Snapper)פארידהFaridah
Red drumמוסרMusar
Round sardinellaדקהDaka
Sea BassלברקLevrak
Shad or WhitefishעלוזהAluzah
Shi drumלבטLevet
Silver carpכסיףKasif
Skipjack Tunaטונה, טונה בהירהTuna, tuna behirah
Spanish Mackerelפלמידה לבנהPalmidah Levanah
Striped BassבסBass
Striped Red MulletברבוניהBarbunia
Striped sea breamמרמירMormir
Trout; Rainbow TroutפורלForel
True Sole, Dover SoleסולSol
Yellowtail amberjackאינטיאסAntias, Shula