The season of the scorpion fish, the “sea devil”, begins.

The season of the scorpion fish, the “sea devil”, begins.

Beauty is nowhere to be found -There are those who call him “sea devil”- although we, precisely because of its somewhat different morphology from other fish, because of its color, taste and texture, love this fish.

Gets different names depending on the area: itxascabra or crabarroca in the Basque Country scratching post in Galicia, tinhosu in Galicia, scorpion in Catalonia singer in the Canary Islands or Cap Roig and red in the Balearic Islands. This is very confused with red fish and although they are different varieties, both belong to the family Scorpenidae.

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How to identify scorpion fish?

Your color is redbut it can range from pinkish to orange, and this pointed-headed fish can change its hue whenever it pleases – it’s a master of disguise.

In addition to many spikes throughout the body and pronounced upper ridgep, gifts a few brown spots in fins and has kind of “tentacle‘ above his huge mouth and another on his lower jaw.

Weighs from 1 to 3 kg, his meat is delicious because it feeds on small fish, crustaceans and molluscs and is white fish with a very low fat content, rich in vitamins and minerals.

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How to cook scorpion fish

Its fishing season starts now, in spring, and lasts until November, although it is usually not so easy to find, you can probably order it on request. And very tasty Рvery clean, especially from scales and thorns Рgrilled, baked, steamed, fried, papilloté, grilled or stewed.

it’s also a fish highly valued for making broths or smokes for its great taste. But be very careful when handling it – the thorns are poisonous. and ask the fishmonger to clean it, gut it and remove the scales well.

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Recipes with scorpion fish

It is very popular in regional dishes. how fish stewcauldron of the Mar Menor, scorpion pie or potato stew from Malaga called “emblanco”.

And in Hello! We really like to cook prepared in the following 7 ways to enjoy their taste and tender meat.