The flying Gurnard, also known as the helmet Gurnard, is a bottom dwelling fish of tropical to warm temperate waters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. On the American side, it is found as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as Argentina, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
They are also known as Sea Robins due to their large pectoral fins which mimic bird's wings in appearance. There are three different types of Gurnard- red, grey and tub- which vary in shape, size and colour.
It has large fins, very similar to the wings of a butterfly. With the help of them, the fish is able to fly almost 30 meters above the water surface. The maximum body length is 75cm and weigh up to 6kg.
They can be grilled or fried, however, they have a very low oil content and the flesh can dry out. To combat this, Gurnard fillets are cooked on lower heat or using a wet method such as braising. Gurnard can be added to a soup or stew. The bones of Gurnard make a good stock.
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