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Is It Red Grouper Kosher

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Carole Stephens
• Sunday, 11 October, 2020
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The purpose of this list is to give the reader an idea of which species of fish are generally considered kosher. Unfortunately, the common, unscientific, names of fish are very inaccurate.

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And minnows (Family Cyprinidae), Including: the carp, leather carp, mirror carp (Cyprus cardio); Crucial carp (Carassius); Goldfish (Cassius Uranus); tench (Tinca); Split tail (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus); Squaw fishes (Ptychocheilus species); Sacramento back fish or hard head (Orthodox microlepidotus); Freshwater breams (Abrams species, Alicia species); Roach (Rutilus). (Rachycentron Canada) Cod, cults, black, blue, or long.

(Family Adidas), Including: Cod (Gads Joshua), Haddock (Melanogrammus aegiefinus); Pacific cod (Gads hydrocephalus); Pollock, saith, or coal fish (Pollacks sirens); Walleye Pollock (Teragray chalcogramma); Hakes (Prophecies species); Whiting (Meringue meringue); Blue whiting or potassium (Micromesistius potassium); Tom cods or frost fishes (Micrograys species); note. Including: Blacksmith (Chromes punctipinnis); Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicund).

Or mariachis (Coryphée species) Not to be confused with the Mammal called Dolphin or Porpoise, which is non-kosher. And craters (Family Sciaenidae), Including: Sea trouts and carvings (Cynoscion species); Weakfish (Cynoscion nebulous); White sea bass (Cynoscion bills); Craters (microphone species, Barbarella species, Odontoscion species); Silver perch (Barbarella caesura); White or King croaked (Genyonemus lineages); Black croaked (Charlotte Saturn); Spot fin croaked (Roncadorstearnsi); Yellow fin croaked(Umbrinaroncador); Drums (Begonias species, Smellier species, Marina species); Red drum or channel bass (Sciences Callahan); Freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grannies); Kingfisher or king whitings (Menticirrhus species); California Corina (Menticirrhus undulates); spot or Lafayette (Leiostomus anthers); Queen fish (Serifs politics); Chubby or ribbon fish (Aqueous cumbrous).

(Family Abridge) including: Dogfishes and was (Bodies species); Dogfish or captain (Lachnolaimus Maximus); Tau tog or blackish (Tau toga units); California sheep head or redfish (Pimelometopon fulcrum); Runner, choose, or berg all (Tautogolabrus disperses) If you’ve even seen a picture of grouper, you may know that it’s a large, rather ugly fish, though many enjoy its taste: firm, moist flesh with a mild flavor.

This seemingly redundant requirement serves to remove ambiguity by excluding sinless sea creatures that possess various features which might be confused for scales, including shells (such as those of shrimp or prawns). While there is nothing specifically mentioned in Jewish Falasha requiring kosher fish having an exoskeleton (“inner skeleton”) and gills (as opposed to lungs), every true fish that has both scales and fins by default also possesses an exoskeleton and gills.

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Any sea creature that lacks gills and can only breathe oxygen from air through lungs, or has an exoskeleton instead of and exoskeleton, :343 is by default not kosher because it cannot be a fish. The list of fish on this page, therefore, coincides with those which possess the combination of exoskeleton, gills, fins, and scales.

According to the Cook or divine decrees of the Torah and the Talmud, for a fish to be declared kosher, it must have scales and fins. Thus, a grass carp, mirror carp, and salmon are kosher, whereas a shark, whose scales are microscopic, a sturgeon, whose acutes can not be easily removed without cutting them out of the body, and a swordfish, which loses all of its scales as an adult, are all not kosher.

Although there is an opinion of Rabbi Yosef Karo of Safe (in his 16th century legal commentary, Bat Yosef) that milk and fish should not be cooked or eaten together, Karo references the Shulchan Arch (OC 173:2) which actually deals with meat, and not fish. The Chased custom is not to eat fish together with actual milk, but to permit it where other dairy products are involved, so that adding a touch of butter or cream to the milk is sufficient to permit mixing it with fish.

Most Sunni Muslim schools of jurisprudence (Shaft'i, Handball, and Malik) hold as a general rule that all “sea game” (animals of the sea) are permissible to eat with a few minor exceptions. Thus, for example, the local dish Lassa (which includes meats such as shrimp and squid with a soup base made from shrimp paste), is deemed permissible in the Shaft'i Sunni Muslim majority nations of Indonesia and Malaysia where it is commonly consumed. Any other sea (or water) creatures which are not fish, therefore, are also harm (forbidden), whether they breathe oxygen from water through gills (such as prawns, lobsters and crabs which are crustaceans), mollusks such as clams, octopus, mussels and squid, especially if they breathe oxygen from air through lungs (such as sea turtles and sea snakes which are reptiles, dolphins and whales which are mammals, or semi-aquatic animals like penguins which are birds, saltwater crocodiles which are reptiles, seals which are mammals, and frogs which are amphibians).

Grouper is a salt-water fish, found on the menu in restaurants and within stores throughout the United States. There are three varieties available that vary in flavor and price: red grouper, true black grouper, and gag.

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The smaller size impacts the taste of the red grouper as it has a milder, sweeter flavor. The black grouper has a firmer texture and yields more edible fish content than the red variety.

If you don’t have a reliable source for fresh grouper, consider buying the frozen product. Its high levels of oil help it maintain a lovely moist texture even if it’s a little over-cooked.

It’s also tasty eaten on its own, on skewers, with a zesty lemon marinade, a creamy tartare sauce, or a combination of butter, garlic, and lime juice. The debate for whether grouper is best eaten with batter, crumbed, floured, or with nothing added will always rage on.

Blackening is a quick and straightforward method that produces moist fish encased in a flavor-packed coating. Although blackening is suited to outdoor grilling, you can also cook the fish in the oven or fry it in a pan.

Preheat a large skillet on the grill or stove top on high heat for at least 10 minutes. Rinse the fish fillets in cold water, then pat dry with paper towels.

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Once all the ingredients are evenly distributed, transfer the mixture to a platter or large plate. Add olive oil to the skillet then cook the grouper on a high heat, covered.

Garlic tarragon basil thyme oregano paprika cayenne parsley As groupers are a reef-dwelling fish, they have the potential to be contaminated by toxins, which can lead to Ciguatera poisoning.

Your best option to avoid getting sick is to check with the seller if the fish comes from a hotspot for Ciguatera. Some problem areas include the Caribbean Sea, Hawaii, and coastal Central America.

A gulf grouper is a unique tasting, moist fish that is endemic to Mexico. It has a subtle, sweet flavor with less fishy taste than black grouper or gag.

It is prized for its moist meat that easily flakes into big chunks once cooked. Grouper is considered to be a white fish, along with haddock, catfish, tilapia, and snapper.

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It’s relatively high oil content makes it a simple fish to avoid overcooking. It is a blank canvas that allows the creative cook to pair exciting ingredients with the fish.

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