From the family of Snake Mackerels,
Escolar are long and slender, with dark browny-grey skin and can grow up to130cm. While not commonly available fresh, they freeze very well, partly due to their high oil content. The flavour is quite rich and oily, so best served with accompanying flavours such as lime and coriander, but nothing creamy. Looks great when griddled or barbecued as the waxy-oils produce fantastic ‘grill marks’.
Escolar – food safety update
Escolar can contain high levels of a compound similar to castor oil which can have a similar effect on your digestive system. To reduce the risk of these problems simply follow these steps.
In particular Lepidocybium flavobrunneum and the
closely related species of Oil Fish Ruvettus pretiosus
may only be placed on the market wrapped or in packaging
and must be appropriately labeled to provide information on
preparation and cooking methods