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Mirror Dory (Zenopsis nebulosus) Photographs and Information



Also known as Silver Dory.

Mirror Dory have a silvery body with a large faint greyish blotch on the side and no scales, except along the lateral line. 

They are found throughout the continental shelf and upper slope waters off the southern half of Australia.  They are also found in New Zealand and Japan.

Mirror Dory spawn during winter in New South Wales waters, apparently over a prolonged period from May to September.

Mirror Dory can grow to a maximum size of 70cm total length and weigh up to 3 kg.  

Mirror Dory are caught only by vessels using demersal otter trawls.  The main Australian fishery is located off New South Wales and eastern Victoria, although some catch is taken throughout other areas of the South East Fishery.

Mirror Dory is sold on the domestic fresh fish market as whole fish.

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Scientific Name Zenopsis nebulosus
Location WA, SA, TAS, VIC, NSW
Season January - November
Size To 2 kg
Australian Species Code 37 264003
Taste, Texture Delicate, mild to sweet taste, fine texture.

 

Nutritional Information
For every 100 grams raw product
for Mirror Dory fillet.

Kilojoules 399 (95 calories)
Protein 20.6 g
Cholesterol 24 mg
Sodium -
Total fat (oil) 0.6 g
Saturated fat 28% of total fat
Monounsaturated fat 14% of total fat
Polyunsaturated fat 57% of total fat
Omega-3, EPA 21 mg
Omega-3, DHA 152 mg
Omega-6, AA 17 mg


Angling for Mirror Dory:

It is a prized sporting fish which will take small lures and also live bait.      

Saltwater Fish - What bait to use for fishing - a list of saltwater baits with the main "diners" who will be tempted.


Cooking Mirror Dory:

Colour of Raw Fillet:

White.

Texture:

Fine texture, firm to tender.

Fat Content:

Low to medium.

Flavour:

Delicate, mild to sweet.

Excellent table fish.

Mirror dory, which has a similar taste to John Dory, also has excellent cooking potential, and can often be cheaper. The mirror dory has a thick edible skin but the thumbprint on each side, characteristic of John dory, is inconspicuous. The dories and oreos are similar foodfishes and can be used as alternatives for each other.

Mirror Dory is a fine table fishes, readily available freshly chilled and frozen all year round. They have succulent, white, sweet and finely textured flesh that can be baked, grilled, barbecued, fried, steamed or poached. Be careful to not overpower the delicate flavour. If baking or steaming whole, use the complementary flavours of tarragon, dill, parsley, thyme or chives. Asian flavours of chilli, coriander and lime are more suitable when frying whole.

For fillets to be grilled, herbed butters or oils are suitable and even a salad of fresh dates and orange with parsley is complementary. Roll smaller fillets around prawns or Atlantic salmon, poach and serve with a light, lemon beurre blanc. Dory fillets are delicate and often best coated or wrapped in foil for cooking.

Recovery rate for Fillets (skin on, wing off): 35% from whole John dory, Dories have a low recovery rate because the head and gut cavity are large, and the body is very compressed (i.e. flattened from side to side).

Microwave Cooking Times for Fish
- Fish fillets 5 minutes per 500g on medium-high, +50 seconds more for thicker fillets, or until flesh flakes
- Whole fish - Large 6 minutes/750g on medium
- Whole fish Small 3-4 minutes on medium

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Commercial Fishing for Mirror Dory:

Mirror Dory are caught only by vessels using demersal otter trawls.  The main Australian fishery is located off New South Wales and eastern Victoria, although some catch is taken throughout other areas of the South East Fishery.
 

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See alsoDory, Lookdown Dory Black Oreo DoryJohn DoryKing Dory Mirror Dory Smooth Oreo Dory


 

 


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