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Sea bream (US: porgy, scup). A large family of firm fleshed fish which includes black sea bream, bogue, Couch’s sea bream (known as red porgy in North America), dentex, gilt-headed bream . They are usually sold weighing up to 1 kg (2 lb). All have a deep, narrow, oval body, small mouth, big eyes, quite large, tough scales, a single, spiny dorsal fin and a black spot on the shoulder. They are good to eat cooked whole, poached, stuffed and baked or braised.

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