Tailor Pomatomus saltatrix

Tailor

Tailor is a well-known Australian finfish with a rich, strong flavour. Its high oil content makes it ideal for grilling, barbecuing or baking but it can also be fried. The flesh is soft so minimal handling and careful cooking are required.

If grilling, prepare in fillet form with a mustard meunière. Smoked, it is considered a delicacy. The smoked flesh also makes a succulent pâté. If baking, score to ensure even heat penetration.

Ideal flavourings to accompany tailor are fennel, tomato, oregano, basil and thyme, as well as the flavours of citrus and balsamic.

If using whole, particularly if filling with a mixture of other ingredients, make sure the gut cavity is thoroughly washed. This will prevent any bitter taste affecting the flesh during cooking.

Tailor has a dark strip of flesh (red muscle) on the fillet, which some like to remove before cooking as its flavour is stronger than the rest of the fillet. This strip of flesh tastes fine when cold but can be strong and bitter when hot.

Smoked tailor fillets are very highly regarded.

Taste

FlavourOilinessMoisture
Strong Medium Moist

Wines

As a strong, flavoursome species, tailor should be accompanied by some of the fuller flavoured dry white styles such as Chardonnay s.

Nutrition Information (average quantity per 100g)

Energy 521 (124 Calories) Fat (total) 1.3 g Alpha‐linolenic acid 29 mg
Protein 20.0 g Saturated fat 39% of total fat Docosahexaenoic acid 251 mg
Cholesterol

25 mg

Monounsaturated fat 28% of total fat Eicosapentaenoic acid 49 mg
Sodium 60 mg Polyunsaturated fat 33% of total fat