Kosher Fish List

A guide to choosing a kosher fish.

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Please note: This list should only be used as a general guide. A kosher and a non-kosher fish may have the same name. To be sure that your fish is kosher, check for fins and scales (scales must be removable either by hand or with a knife without ripping the underlying skin).

Albacore See Mackerels

Alewife See Herrings

Amberjack See Jacks

Anchovies Includes European anchovy and Northern anchovy

Angelfish and butterfly fish

salmonBallyhoo See: Flyingfish


Atlantic Pomfret or Ray's Bream

Bass See Sea Basses, Drums, Sunfish, and Temperate basses.

Bigeyes Includes aweoweos

Blackfish See Carps and Wrasses

Blacksmith See Damselfish

Blueback See Herrings and Trouts

Bluefish or snapper blue

Bluegill See Sunfish

Bocaccio See Scorpionfish

Bombay duck


Bonito See Cobia and Mackerels

Bowfin Includes bowfish, freshwater dogfish, and grindle

Bream See Atlantic Pomfret and Carps

Brill See Flounder

Buffalo Fishes See Suckers

Butterfish Includes Pacific pompano and harvestfish

Butterfly fish See Angelfish

Cabrilla See Sea Basses

Calicobass See Sunfish

Capelin See Smelts

Carps and minnows

Crucian carp
Freshwater breams
Leather carp
Mirror carp
Sacramento blackfish or hardhead

Caviar Must be from a kosher fish

Cero See Mackerels

Channel bass See Drums

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