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

Barracudas

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

Bonefish

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
Goldfish
Leather carp
Mirror carp
Sacramento blackfish or hardhead
Splittail
Squawfish
Roach
Tench 

Caviar Must be from a kosher fish

Cero See Mackerels

Channel bass See Drums

Char See Trouts

Chilipepper See Scorpionfish

Chinook salmons See Trouts

Cichlids Includes cichlios, Mozambique mouthbrooder, Rio Grande perch, tilapias

Cigarfish See Jacks

Cisco See Trouts

Coalfish See Codfish

Cobia, cabio, or black bonito Includes cultus cod and ling.  See Greenlings

Codfish

Blue whiting or poutassou
Cod
Haddock
Hakes
Pacific cod
Pollock, saithe, or coalfish
Tomcods or frostfish
Walleye pollock
Whiting

Coho salmon See Trouts

Corbina or Corvina, See Drums

Cottonwick See Grunts

Crappie See Sunfish

Crevalle See Jacks

Croacker See Drums

Crucian carp See Carps

Cubbyu See Drums

Cunner See Wrasses

Dab See Flounders

Damselfish Includes blacksmith and garibaldi

Doctorfish See Surgeonfish

Dolly Varden See Trouts

Dolphin fish or mahi mahis  Not to be confused with the mammal called dolphin or porpoise, which is non kosher.

Drums and croakers 

Black croaker
California corbina
Croakers
Cubbyu or ribbon fish
Drums
Freshwater drum
Kingfish or king whitings
Queenfish
Red drum or channel bass
Seatrouts and carvinas
Silver perch
Spotfin croaker
Spotfish or lafayette
Weakfish
White or King croaker
White seabass
Yellowfin croaker 

Eulachon See Smelts

Flounders 

Flounders

Starry flounder
Summer flounder or fluke
Yellowtail flounder
Winter flounder, lemon sole, or blackback

Halibuts
Soles

Bigmouth sole
Butter of scalyfin sole
Dover sole
English sole}
Fantail sole
Petrale sole
Rex sole
Rock sole
Sand Sole
Slender sole
Yellowfin sole

Turbot

Pacific turbots
Curlfin turbot or sole
Diamond turbot
Greenland turbot or halibut

NOT INCLUDING European Turbot

American plaice
Brill
Dabs
European plaice
Sanddabs

Fluke See Flounders

Flyingfish and halfbeaks Includes Ballyhoo or balao

Frostfish See Codfish

Gag See Sea basses

Garibaldi See Damselfish

Giant kelpfish

Gizzard shad See Herrings

Goatfish or surmullets Includes goatfish, kumu, red mullet, and wekes

Gobies Includes bigmouth sleeper or guavina and Sirajo goby

Goldeye and mooneye

Goldfish See Carps

Grayling See Trouts

Graysby See Sea basses

Greenlings Includes atkamackerel, cultus orblue cod, greenlings, kelp greenling or seatrout, and lingcod

Grindle See Bowfin

Grouper See Sea basses

Grunion See Silversides

Grunts

Black margate
Cottonwick
Grunts
Margate
Pigfish
Porkfish
Sailors choice
Sargo
Tomtate

Guavina See Gobies

Haddock See Codfish

Hakes Includes hakes, Pacific hake or meriuccio, and silver hake or whiting. See Codfish

Halfbeak See Flyingfish

Halfmoon See Sea chubs

Halibut See Flounders

Hamlet See Sea Basses

Hardhead See Carps

Harvestfish See Butterfish

Hawkfish

Herrings

Alewife or river herring
Atlantic and Pacific herring
European sardine or pilchard
Gizzard shads
Glut herring or blueback
Hickory shad
Menhadens or mossbunkers
Pacific sardine or pilchard
Thread herrings 
Shads
Spanish sardines
Spart

Hind See Sea bass

Hogchocker See Soles

Hogfish See Wrasses

Horse mackerel See Jacks

Jack Mackerel See Jacks

Jacks and Pompanos

Amberjacks
Blue runner
California yellowtail
Crevalles
Jack mackerel or horse mackerel
Jacks and uluas
Leatherback or lae
Lookdown
Moonfish
Pompanos, palometas, and permits
Rainbow runner
Scads and cigarfish
Yellowtails     
NOT INCLUDING Leatherjacket

Jacksmelt See Silversides

Jewfish See Sea basses

John Dory

Kelpfish See Giant kelpfish

Kingfish See Drums and Mackerels

Ladyfish, or tenpounder

Lafayette See Drums

Lake Herring See Trouts

Largemouth bass See Sunfish

Leatherback See Jacks

Lingcod See Greenlings

Lizardfish

Lookdown See Jacks

Mackerels, Atka See Greenlings

Mackerels and tunas 

Albacore tunas
Bonitos
Mackerels
King mackerel or kingfish
Skipjack tunas
Spanish mackerels, cero, and sierra 
Tunas
NOT INCLUDING Snake mackerels

Mahi mahi See Dolphin fish

Margate See Grunts

Marlin

Menhaden See Herrings

Menpachii See Squirrelfish

Merluccio See Hakes

Milkfish or awa

Mojarras

Monkeyface prickleback

Mooneye See Goldeye

Moonfsh See Jacks

Mossbunker See Herrings

Mouthbrooder See Cichlids

Mullets Includes mullets and amaamas, mountain mullets or dajaos, and uouoa

Muskellunge See Pikes

Mutton hamlet See Sea basses

Muttonfish See Snappers

Needlefish Includes marine gars

Opaleye See Sea chubs

Palometa See Jacks

Parrotfishs Includes uhus

Perches Includes pike perch, sauger, walleye, yellow perch, and yellow or blue pike

Permit See Jacks

Pickerel See Pike

Pigfish See Grunts

Pikes Includes pickerels and muskellunge

Pikeperch See Perches

Pilchard See Herrings

Pinfish See Porgies

Plaice See: Flounders

Pollock See Codfish

Pompano See Butterfish and Jack

Porgies and sea breams Includes pinfish, scup, and sheepshead

Porkfish See Grunts

Poutassou See Codfish

Queenfish See Drums

Quillback See Suckers

Rabalo See Snooks

Ray's bream See Atlantic Pomfret

Red snapper See Snappers

Redfish See Scorpionfish and Wrasses

Roach See Carps

Rock bass See Sunfish

Rockhind See Sea basses

Rockfish See Scorpionfish and Temperate basses

Rosefish See Scorpionfish

Rudderfish See Sea chubs

Runner See Jack

Sablefish or black cod

Sailors choice See Grunts

Saithe See Codfish

Salmon See Trouts

Sardine See Herrings

Sargo See Grunts

Sauger See Perches

Scad See Jacks

Scamp See Sea basses

Schoolmaster See Snappers

Scorpionfish

Bocaccio
California scorpionfish or sculpin
Chilipepper
Nohus
Pacific ocean perch
Redfish, rosefish, or ocean perch
Rockfish
Scorpionfish
Shortspine thornyhead or channel rockfish   

Scup See Porgies

Sea bass

Black sea basses
Gag
Graysby
Groupers
Jewfish
Mutton hamlet
Red hind
Rockhind
Sand bass, kelp bass, and spotted bass
Scamp
Speckled hind 
Spotted cabrilla

Sea bream See Porgies

Sea chubs Includes Bermuda chug or rudderfish, halfmoon, and opaleye

Seaperch See Surfperches

Searobins

Seatrout See Drums and Greenlings

Shad See Herrings

Sheepshead See Porgies and Wrasses

Sierra See Mackerels

Silversides

California grunion
Jacksmelt
Topsmelt
Whitebait, spearing, or silversides

Sirajo goby See Gobies

Skipjack See Mackerels

Sleeper See Gobies

Smallmouth bass See Sunfish

Smelts Includes capelin and eulachon

Snapper blue See Bluefish

Snappers

Kalikali
Muttonfish or mutton snapper
Onaga
Opakapaka
Red snapper
Schoolmaster
Snappers
Yellowtail snapper

Snooks  Rabalos

Sockeye salmon See Trouts

Soles Includes hogchoker, lined sole, and true sole. See Flounders

Spadefish

Spanish mackerel See Mackerels

Spearing See Silversides

Splitttail See Carps

Spot See Drums

Sprat See Herrings

Squawfish See Carp

Squirrelfish Includes Menpachii

Steelhead See Trouts

Striped bass See Temperate basses

Suckers Includes buffalo fish and quillbacks or carpsuckers

Sunfish

Bluegill
Crappies or calico basses
Freshwater basses
Largemouth bass
Rock bass or red eye
Smallmouth bass
Sunfish
Warmouth

Surfperches

Blackperth
Pile perch
Seaperches
Shiner perch
Surfperches

Surgeonfish Includes doctorfish, surgeonfish and tangs, and unicornfish or kalas

Tang See Surgeonfish

Tarpon

Tautog See Wrasses

Temperate basses Includes giant California sea bass,striped bass or rockfish, yellow bass, white bass, and white perch 

Tench See Carps

Tenpounder See Ladyfish

Threadfins Includes barbu, blue bobo, and moi

Tilapia See Cichlids

Tilefish Includes ocean whitefish

Tomcod See Codfish

Tomtate See Grunts

Tomsmelt See Silversides

Tripletail

Trouts and whitefish
Salmon

Atlantic salmon
Chinook, king or spring salmon
Chum, dog or fall salmon
Coho or silver salmon
Pacific salmons
Pink or humpback salmon
Sockeye, blueback or red salmon 

Trouts

Arctic char
Brook trout
Brown trout, rainbow trout or steelhead
Chars
Cutthroat trout, golden trout
Dolly Varden
Lake trout

Whitefish and ciscos

Cisco or lake herring

Chubs

Graylings

Tuna See Mackerels

Turbot (some species) See Flounder

Unicornfish See Surgeonfish

Wahoo See Mackerels

Walleye See Perches

Walleye pollock See Codfish

Warmouth See Sunfish

Weakfish See Drums

Whitefish See Tilefish and Trouts

Whiting See: Codfish, Drums, and Hakes

Wrasses

Aawas
California sheephead or redfish
Capitaine
Cunner, chogset, or bergall
Hogfish
Tautog or blackfish 

Yellowtail See Jacks

Yellowtail snapper See Snappers

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