Also known as:

Scup, Maiden, Fair Maid, Ironsides, Northern Porgy, Northern scup and sea bream.


Waters: Found in Atlantic coastal waters of North America from South Carolina to Maine. Porgy are small silvery fish with prominent scales, a rounded body that is relatively flat in thickness, which makes it an excellent panfish.

Best Cooking:

Porgy have delicious lean and flaky flesh, but also contain many bones, which makes them difficult to fillet. As a result, scup are generally cooked whole. They should be scaled and dressed before cooking, or large ones can be filleted. Scup or porgies are delicious when pan-fried, grilled, steamed, baked, broiled or even deep fried. Simple preparations that complement scup's mild flavor are best. After dressed porgies are cooked, the meat can be easily lifted free of the backbone just before serving if desired.

Buying Tips:

Porgy are generally sold in the marketplace as whole fish averaging 1 pound or less.

Nutrition Value:

Porgy, Serving Size: 3 ounces, baked
Total Calories: 120
Protein: 21g
Carbohydrate: 0g
Total Fat: 3g
Saturated Fat: NA
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: NA
Cholesterol: NA
Sodium: 45mg
Vitamin A: NA
Vitamin C: NA
Calcium: NA
Iron: NA.

Substitutes for Porgy:

Other mild flavored fish with a firm texture that can be substituted for Porgy in many recipes are: tilapia, bluegill, crappie, perch, bream and any other panfish.

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