European Red Mullet
Striped Red Mullet [Mullus surmuletus (striped red mullet) also Mullus barbatus]

These Goatfish are found in temperate and sub tropical waters along the Atlantic coast of Europe, in the Mediterranean, along the northwest coast of Africa and also in the Black Sea. These are the "Red Mullet" called for in European cookbooks, but you're unlikely to find them in North America. They can grow to 15 inches and 2 pounds but are usually marketed at between 2-1/2 and 8 ounces. Red list status: Not Evaluated.   Photo by Hans Hillewaert distributed under license Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5.

General:   These Red Mullet are considered very fine eating fish in Europe, but are largely unavailable in North America. The "red mullet" sold here is generally the Indian Goatfish, which is a quite suitable substitute.

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