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Old 06-06-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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Is there a difference between Escolar and Oil Fish? I used to eat Escolar at Charlie's Reef Grill in Jupiter, and it was the best fish I ever tasted (and I did not get sick). Suddenly, they quit serving it, saying it was too easy to mistake it for Oil Fish, which makes people sick.

I thought they were one and the same fish. Is this not true? Have you ever eaten oil fish? Escolar?
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I am not familiar with Oil Fish. But I was eating at really high end sushi joint and struck up a conversation with the chef and asked him about Escolar making people sick. He told me that eaten in moderation. Less than 8 oz or so your good. But it has a chemical in it's flesh that our body can't break down and we get sick.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:08 PM   #3
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wikipedia says that they are related species but definitely different.

I read in a cooking book that they are edible but in moderation only

sick is an understatement, as to the side effects but I don't wanna gross anyone out
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Yeah, I didn't want to say "gives you uncontrollable, oily, diarrhea and painful cramps for days on end."
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Discussion and Pics were lifted from a thread on 360tuna... Enjoy
http://www.360tuna.com/forum/f38/esc...hlight=escolar
Escolar is Tuna like with no pronounced scales anal fins top and bottom are staggered
Oilfish has really pronounced scales and large anal fin top and bottom almost mirror eachother


Escolar


Oilfish

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:30 AM   #6
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They don't look tasty...
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:59 AM   #7
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They don't look tasty...

Believe me, they are! (Or at least the escolar is)

If I ever catch one, dang it, I'm eating it!
I've heard of sworders catching them in the gulf, but not deep droppers. Maybe they are strictly night feeders.

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They are caught both swording at night and deep dropping during the day. They are usually suspended higher off the bottom and thats probably why they aren't caught more frequently by deep droppers.

After reading on how the Escolar has been banned in several states for the gastrointestinal distress it causes, I don't give a damn how good it tastes I'm not eating it.
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