Is Lionfish (Pterois) kosher?


#1

Lionfish (Pterois) has become an common invasive fish in Florida. The scales are easily removable.

Thank you.

Chag Sameach


#2

I don’t think it is.
There are some scales but it’s not covered like a typical fish. It’s a very interesting looking fish. We would need to get a better look at the fins and scales. For now it’s not kosher.


#3

They have cycloid scales (fish scales that are oval or elliptical in shape with a smooth edge).

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/lionfish-facts.html

I can get a sample to get a better look at it.

Thank you.


#4

Send some good pictures of what the scales are like and if it’s mostly covered in scales


#5

Hello Rabbi,

Here are some closeups of the fish as requested. Thank you.