The red mullet has an attractive appear-ance and a delicate flavour. It is found chiefly in Mediterranean waters.
The skin and scales of red mullet are bright pink-red, as its name implies, and the flesh is firm and white. The weight varies between 2 ounces (when very young) and 3 pounds (when fully grown).
Red mullet is regarded by many gour-mets as the woodcock of the sea and, like game, is sometimes cooked without being cleaned. However, for most purposes it is cleaned before cooking and the liver should be reserved as this is regarded as a great delicacy.
Red mullet is best cooked by grilling , frying or baking.