Shortfin Scad
Scad [Round Scad, Decapterus macrosoma]

This Indo-Pacific scad is also found in the East Pacific from the coast of Baja California to Northern Peru. They can grow to over 14 inches, but the ones popular here (photo - California wild caught) are about 6-1/2 inches and weigh 2 ounces.

More on the Scad Family.

In the under 7 inch size this fish is excellent for frying whole. It has a strong enough flavor to be interesting hot or cold, and, while the head and backbone are too hard to eat, it has no bone or fin problems otherwise. Recommended - and sells like hotcakes at the Philippine fish markets here.

This fish is featured in our article Dealing with Tiny Fish where full instructions will be found.

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