red mullet



  • A small crimson to dull pink seawater fish of the genus Mullidae, especially Mullus surmuletus (red) and M. barbatus (pink), not related to the grey mullet. It has a delicate flavour and is generally cooked whole with its liver which is considered a prized delicacy. It can be hung for 24 hours to give it a gamey flavour. It can weigh up to 1 kg but is usually caught much smaller.


  • noun a small red sea-fish, used in Mediterranean cooking