(Trigla lucerna)

The gurnard is mainly supplied to the Netherlands in the summer months, the best time is from July to December. Incidentally, gurnard is now being supplied in larger quantities in the summer months. Gurnard may rightly be called 'summer fish'.

Back and top light red, bottom orange or white. Maximum length 40 cm.


The taste of gurnard is sweet-shrimp-like, gurnard has a fine taste.

Method of preparation

Stewed, fried or smoked.

Nutritional values

560 kJ / 137 kcal, 6 g fat (of which 1.0 mg Omega-3), 20 g protein, 0.5 mg iron, vitamins A and B.


Avoid / Catch

Eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Ireland and the British Isles to the Cape of Good Hope and Mozambique.

Fish fact

One of gurnard's nicknames is grunt rooster, because of the sound they can make. This sound serves to deter attackers and as recognition for conspecifics.

More information

Three types of gurnard can be distinguished: the gray gurnard, the red gurnard and the English gurnard. As the names suggest, one gurnard is red, the other grayish brown.