Found in European waters, this incredibly odd-looking fish has an oval, flat body and a large, spiny head. It has a large, dark spot midway on its body. One legend indicates that these spots are St. Peter’s thumbprints. Because of this, John Dory is also called Saint Peter’s fish and Saint Pierre by the French. The John Dory’s flesh is delicate and mild and can be cooked in a variety of ways including grilling, sautéing and poaching. It’s rarely exported to the United States, but Porgy may be substituted for any recipe calling for John Dory. See also Fish.

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