John Dory, or St Peter Fish, may be rather strange looking, but it’s highly valued for its mild, slightly sweet flavour, pearly-white flesh and firm, succulent texture. It’s a heavy-boned fish, and a little more expensive because of its low yield, but well every penny.
Our John Dory come scaled & gutted, or if you prefer we can fillet them. Please be aware that the filleted weight will be approximately 40% of the whole fish weight.
John Dory are landed locally in day boat nets or as a by-catch from the bass fishermen.
They’re regular but not that prolific, so we add to the Weymouth catch with fish from Brixham market, where we employ experienced fish buyers to target small quantity, high quality, small boat landings.
Seasonality: All year
Nutritional information per 100g:
Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin B6, selenium and phosphorous
John Dory is a versatile fish ideal for pan-frying, grilling, roasting, steaming or poaching, but be careful not to overcook and dry it out. Its creamy, white flesh has a dense texture, quite similar to Dover sole, so it also holds up well to strong flavours. The head and bones make a particularly good fish stock. Pair John Dory with other flavours of the sea, like fresh shellfish. A whole John Dory, roasted in the oven with sea salt, oil, lemon and a few sprigs of thyme is a show-stopper.
You can also try it with spice and robust herbs, but all that’s really needed with pan-fried fillets is a drizzle of olive oil or a knob of butter and squeeze of lemon juice.
Best eaten immediately.
Store in the fridge between 0ºC-5ºC, and eat within 2-3 days.
If you don’t plan to eat within 3 days, then freeze on day of delivery and eat within 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Do not refreeze.
Locally caught, sustainable seafood
We're Weymouth's harbourside fishmonger, based in the historic Old Fish Market, with counters full of the freshest Dorset seafood and shellfish, landed daily on the quayside right outside the shop. We're a community business with strong ties to the local fleet, proud of our produce and its provenance, always ready to answer your questions or offer some expert advice.