This is a Tilapia, also known as St Peter’s fish. Commonly found in the Sea of Galilee, there are several restaurants in Tiberias (the largest city in this area) and places around Galilee.
Known as St Peter’s fish as its largely thought to be the creature that had the coin in its mouth in the bible. Matthew 17 : 24
I went down the market and bought one of these for dinner for friday. The fishmonger gutted it for me and rinsed with a shower head thing that was hanging on shelf. The market is a good place to get fresh fish, even if the man had a cigarette in his mouth whilst working.
This one is about 6-7 inches long and has dark grey scales and white flesh once cooked, it also has a row of tiny sharp teeth.
After Jesus’ resurrection, after his followers were in disbelief he had come back to see them, he asked Peter for a piece of the fish they were sharing, as way to prove a point he was not a ghost. Luke 24 : 40 I would take a bet it was some of this type of fish.
25 minutes under the grill at 150 and its looking good. I need a bit more skill at getting the bones in one go though. Also meant I found a use for some limes sitting in the back of the fridge. 🙂
I should of taken a photo before I cut the head off. 🙂