Sea Bream, Porgy

Note the splash of gold across its face.

Widely known as sea bream (in Hebrew דניס,Denis), there are many different varieties of this fish family in the United States and around the world. The most popular United States porgy is the scup, which is found in Atlantic waters. The most popular Mediterranean variety is the Gilt head Sea Bream. Porgies have a firm, low-fat flesh with a delicate, mild flavor. Although some grow to 20 pounds, most fall into the 1/2- to 3-pound range. They’re available fresh and frozen, and are generally sold whole. The porgy is suitable for almost any method of cooking, including baking, grilling and frying.

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