A smaller, humble cousin of plaice and flounder, dab is a delicious and versatile fish that is under-rated. Dab has a similar appearance to its cousins, with eyes on the right-hand side, a pale brown mottled upper surface, and pectoral fins that can vary in shades of orange. Its distinguishing feature is the lateral line (a faint line running down the length of the fish) and a semi-circular curve above the pectoral fin.

As dab are a relatively abundant species of flatfish, they provide a sustainable alternative to flatfish such as plaice and are similar in flavour and delicate texture. Dab is famously the go-to choice for a classic ‘Fishermen’s roll’, an incredibly simple, fresh, fish fillet sandwich!

Adapted from Love Seafood



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Best during:

January - June


All year round

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