Japanese Name: Kinmedai
English Name: Alfonsino
Season: Year round
Characteristics: One of the most amazing white fish with rich buttery flavor with golden/rosy skin. Kinmedai, which literally means gold eyed fish, is highly sought for by fishermen on Japan’s pacific coast, particularly along the Izu Peninsula. Body more slender and smoother than the related red snapper that has rough scales with coarse spines on their margins. The fish can be enjoyed in several ways.
One of the most popular fishes at sushi restaurants because of its sweet flavor, soft and firm texture (The flesh is so tender it almost melts inside your mouth). It is also most commonly simmered in Mirin and Sake, making the flesh soft and juicy. Suits most methods of cooking.