Butterfish Poronotus triacanthus Dollarfish, Silver Pomfret, Shiner, Pumpkin-seed, Starfish, Harvestfish, Pacific pompano
One of the best pan fishes of the Atlantic Coast, it is
fat and oily but has a delicate flavor. The maximum size is 12
inches long and 1 1/4 lbs. but average market size is 5 oz.
Butterfish have dark, sweet, richly flavorful meat that's high in fat and tender in texture.
Preparation: An excellent pan fish--it's usually gutted with the head and skin left on. Small fish can be dipped whole in flour and deep fried. Larger fish can be split, then broiled, baked, grilled, or sautéed. The flesh turns white and opaque when cooked
Season The season varies from April to November at which time the butterfish travels to deeper waters.