Striped Mullet

RICH NUTTY FLAVOR. FIRM WHITE FLAKES.

NICKNAMES Jumping mullet
AVAILABLE Y
ear-round
LANDED AT Beaufort, NC & Wanchese, NC
CATCH METHOD strike net
A GREAT SOURCE OF omega-3s
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Striped mullet were a staple food fish in North Carolina for a long time. When the mullet run started in late summer farmers would leave their fields to pursue the fish. Camps of men would set up along the beaches watching the water for schools of mullet. Once spotted, fishermen would set their nets in the water and haul in their catch. North Carolina was once the epicenter of mullet production, exporting millions of pounds of salted mullet to Northern markets.

How the times have changed! Most folks today think of striped mullet as bait and miss out on a delicious fish. The meat has a rich, nutty flavor and buttery texture. It’s a versatile fish and can be cooked in almost any fashion.

Next time you’re at one of our markets and find striped mullet on the menu, give it a try! You might just find your new favorite fish.

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COOKING METHODS

Smoke, Sautée, Grill, Deep-fry