John Dory

John Dory

(Zeus Faber)

The solitary John Dory is a slender hunter with a telescopic mouth and a profile so slender that it can hide itself from its prey simply because it is so thin. In the Netherlands, the fish is imported, mainly from Southern Europe.

Back dark yellow-brown with irregular yellow pattern on the flanks, underside silver-grey. Maximum length is 70 cm.


When cooked, the meat becomes slightly colored and acquires a pleasant shrimp-like flavour.

Method of preparation

John Dory produces beautiful white, bone-free fillets that can generally be prepared as sole or plaice fillets: baked, grilled or deep-fried.

Nutritional values

89 kcal, 1.4 g fat (of which 0.5 mg Omega-3), 18.4 g protein.


Avoid / Catch

Eastern Atlantic Ocean, from southern Norway to South Africa and in the Mediterranean Sea.

Fish fact

The fish has a characteristic 'thumb print' on both sides, which is attributed to Saint Peter. The fish was drawn this way because he gave the saint some money to pay taxes. As with the haddock, this story is impossible since the fish was not found in the Sea of Galilee.

More information

John Dory is mainly found in the Mediterranean Sea and part of the North Sea. The fish gets its name from the striking round spot on its body, which is reminiscent of the sun. In France they call him Saint Pierre, and in English the fish is called John Dory.