Easy to eat right off the bone, pompano is best served whole, its glittering skin still attached. Pompano meat is firm and famously flavorful – rich, clean, slightly salty, and sweetly oceanic. It is expensive and rare, almost always listed on menus with the caveat “when available.” It is a signature specialty of the legendary Lusco’s restaurant of Greenwood, Mississippi, where it is presented lolling in a lemon-butter sauce fraught with secret spices.

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A plate of Pompano at Galatoire's in New Orleans, LA.


Whole broiled pompano in a pool of lemon-butter sauce fills a deep plate



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