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Old 2nd March 2011, 02:57 PM
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Can anyone help with this. Even after 7 years I am still confused with the Spanish names for fish and the English equivalents

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Pez Espada or Emperador. What is the difference? Is it Pez Espada as a live fish and Emperador in cooking?

Lubina. The English translation is Sea Bass but the Lubina we get here is nothing like the Sea Bass I knew in the UK. Sea Bass is a very large fish but Lubina is not that large (about the size of a trout)

Halibut or Fletan. I have seen it called both. Is Fletan the Valencian name?

Dorada. The English translation is Gilt Head but I have never heard of this in UK. It is more like a bream. Is this correct?

We love all these fish and buy them often but I am confused by the different names. Our Spanish friends here cannot help as they just say "it is a fish"

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Can anyone help with this. Even after 7 years I am still confused with the Spanish names for fish and the English equivalents

Examples...

Pez Espada or Emperador. What is the difference? Is it Pez Espada as a live fish and Emperador in cooking?

Lubina. The English translation is Sea Bass but the Lubina we get here is nothing like the Sea Bass I knew in the UK. Sea Bass is a very large fish but Lubina is not that large (about the size of a trout)

Halibut or Fletan. I have seen it called both. Is Fletan the Valencian name?

Dorada. The English translation is Gilt Head but I have never heard of this in UK. It is more like a bream. Is this correct?

We love all these fish and buy them often but I am confused by the different names. Our Spanish friends here cannot help as they just say "it is a fish"
I'm not very good with fish either - like you, I can often see little relationship between some translations & what I would call something in English - to the extent that I have all but given up, and just call things by the spanish name


I do the same with most food now in any case - cuts of meat are often different so it's easier to just give in

Dorada is bream though

to me swordfish is Emperador - but I only deal with the dead ones, so I have no idea what a live one is called

I do, however, remember when I was first learning Spanish, telling my teacher that my kids swam 'como pescados'

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Actually... I have always wondered whats the difference between "Emperador" y " Pez Espada", Atun and Bonito? Gallo and merluza? Trucha and...what was the other name?

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Actually... I have always wondered whats the difference between "Emperador" y " Pez Espada", Atun and Bonito? Gallo and merluza? Trucha and...what was the other name?
well if you don't know, what chance do us foreigners have

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Gallo is John Dorey

Merluza is Hake

Bonito is one of to Tuna fish Species, so is Peto

Trucha is trout,

Dorada is Sea Bream

Lubina is Dicentrarchus labrax or a European sea bass

Lapas are Limpets

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dorada is dolphinfish
merluza is hake
emperador is the Cuban name for sword fish
lubina or robalo or sabalo is sea bass (smaller here)
fletán is halibut
bacalao is cod (often salted and or dried and very much in favour for soup at Easter time)
raya is skate
eglefino or merlango is haddock

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Swordfish meat is called pez espada here, and emperador is just another name for it. There are lots of regional variations for fish names around Spain, the same applies to vegetables.

Atun is a generic name for tuna. You can get atun rojo, atun claro, atun bonito ...

Rosada is a generic name for various kinds of small shark or dogfish (often known as rock salmon in England).

I got caught out with gallo on a menu, which I assumed was chicken but turned out to be fish -John Dory I think.

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Caballa is mackerel (not to be confused with caballo)

Chocos are strips of squid or octopus, fried in batter or breadcrumbs - yummy.

Dorada is gilthead bream.

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Sea bass / lubina are farmed in Spain, which may be why they are smaller than wild rod-caught ones.
European seabass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Platija = plaice
Rape = monkfish
Turbot = rodaballo
Lenguado = sole

BTW has anybody had the bottle to try japuta, (it does have another - more polite - name but I forget it)?

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