Kosher Fish List

Here is a full list of kosher fish, which is corroborated by Chabad and the Orthodox Union (OU). If you have any doubts about the kashrut status of a fish, consult with your trusted rabbi.

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Fish SpeciesNotes and Related Information
AlbacoreSee: Mackerels
AlewifeSee: Herrings
AmberjackSee: Jacks
AnchoviesFamily Engraulidae. Including: European anchovy (Engraulis encrasciolus), North of California anchovy (Engraulis mordax)
AngelfishesAlso known as butterflyfish (Family Chaetodontidae). Including: Angelfishes (Holacanthus species, Pomacanthus species).
BallyhooSee: Flyingfishes
BarracudasFamily Sphyraenidae. Including: Baama or reineta which go by the Latin name lepidotus austrais or lepidotus raii)
BassSee Sea Basses. Temperate basses, Sunfishes, Drums
BigeyesFamily Priacanthidae. Including: Bigeyes or aweoweos (Priacanthus species)
BlackfishSee: Carps, Wrasses
BlacksmithSee: Damselfish
BluebackSee: Flounders, Herrings, Trouts
BluefishAlso called snapper blue (Pomatomus saltarix)
BocaccioSee: Scorpionfish
Bombay duckBombay duck (Harpadeon nehereus)
BonefishBonefish (Albula vulpes)
BonitoSee: Cobia, Mackerels
BowfinFreshwater dogfish, or grindle (Amia calva)
BreamSee: Carps, Atlantic Pomfret, Porgies
BrillSee: Flounder
Buffalo FishesSee: Suckers
ButterFishFamily Stromateidae, Including: Butterfish (Peprilus tracanthus); Pacific pompano (Peprilus similimus); harvestfishes (Peprilus species)
Butterfly fishSee: Angelfish
CabrillaSee: Sea Basses
CalicobassSee: Sunfishes
CapelinSee: Smelts
Carps and minnowsFamily Cyprinidae, Including: the carp, leather carp, mirror carp (Cyprinus carpio); Crucian carp (Carassius carassius); Goldfish (Carassius auratus); tench (Tinca tinca); Splittail (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus); Squawfishes (Ptychocheilus species); Scramento backfish or hardhead (Orthodon microlepidotus); Freshwater breams (Abramis species, Blicca species); Roach (Rutilus rutilus).
CarosuckerSee: Suckers
CaviarMust be from a kosher fish. See: Trouts and whitefishes (salmon), Lumpsuckers (non kosher), Sturgeons (non kosher).
CeroSee: Mackerels
Channel bass See: Drums
CharSee: Trouts
ChilipepperSee: Scorpionfishes
Chinook salmon See: Trouts
ChupSee: Trouts, Sea chubs
CichlidsFamily Chichilidae, Including: Tilapias (Tilapia species); Mozambique mouthbrooder (Tilapia mossambica); Cichlios (Cichlasoma species); Rio Grande perch (Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum)
CigarfishSee: Jacks
CiscoSee Trouts
CoalfishSee: Codfishes
CobiaCobia, cabio, or black bonito (Rachycentron canadum) Cod, cultus, black, blue, or ling. See: Greenlings, Sablefish
CodfishesCodfishes(Family Gadidae), Including: Cod (Gadus morhua), Haddock (Melanogrammus aegiefinus); Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus); Pollock, saithe, or coalfish (Pollachius virens); Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma); Hakes (Urophycis species); Whiting (Meriangiu meriangus); Blue whiting or poutassou (Micromesistius poutassou); Tomcods or frostfishes (Microgradus species); note. some cods are not-kosher; See: Freshwater Cod.
Coho salmonSee: Trouts
Corbinaor Corvina, See: Drums
CottonwickSee: Grunts
CrappieSee: Sunfishes
CrevilleSee Jacks
CroackerSee: Drums
Crucian carpSee: Carps
CubbyuSee: Drums
CunnerSee Wrasses
DabSee: Flounders
DamselfishesFamily Pomacentridae. Including: Blacksmith (Chromis punctipinnis); Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicunda).
DoctorfishSee: Surgeonfishes
Dolly Varden See: Trouts
Dolphin fishes or mahimahis (Coryphaena species) Not to be confused with the Mammal called Dolphin or Porpoise, which is non kosher.
Drums and croakersFamily Sciaenidae, Including: Seatrouts and carvinas (Cynoscion species); Weakfish (Cynoscion nebulosus); White seabass (Cynoscion nobillis); Croakers (micropogon species, Bairdiella species, Odontoscion species); Silver perch (Bairdiella chyrsura); White or King croaker (Genyonemus lineatus); Black croaker (cheilottena saturnum); Spotfin croaker (Roncadorstearnsi); Yellowfin croaker(Umbrinaroncador); Drums (Pogonias species, Stellifer species, Umbrina species); Red drum or channel bass (Sciaenops ocallata); Freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens); Kingfishes or king whitings (Menticirrhus species); California corbina (Menticirrhus undulatus); spot or lafayette (Leiostomus xanthurus); Queenfish (Seriphus politus); Cubbyu or ribbon fish (Equetus umbrosus).
EulachonSee: Smelts
FloundersFamilies Bothidae and Pleuronectidae. Including:
Flounders (Paralichthys species),
Liopsetta species,
Platichthys species,etc.);
Starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus);
Summer flounder or fluke (Paralichthys denatus);
Yellowtail flounder (limanda ferrugina);
Winter flounder, lemon sole or blackback (Pseudopleuronectes americanus);
Halibuts (Hippoglossus species);
California halibut (Paralichthys Californicus);
Bigmouth sole (Hippoglossina stomata);
Butter of scalyfin sole (Isopsetta isolepis);
“Dover” sole (Microstomus pacificus);
“English” sole (Parophrys vetulus);
Fantail sole (Xystreurys liolepis);
Petrale sole (Eopsetta jordan);
Rex sole (Glyptocephalus zichirus);
Rock sole (Lepidopsetta bilineata);
Sand Sole (Psettichthys melanostictus);
Slender sole (Lyopsetta exillis);
Yellowfin sole (Limanda aspera);
Pacific turbots (Pleuronichthys species);
Curlfin turbot or sole (Pleuronichthys decurrens);
Diamond turbot (Hypsopsetta guttulata);
Greenland turbot or halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides);
Sanddabs (Citharichthys species);
Dabs (Limanda species);
American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides);
European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa);
Brill (scophthalmus rhomus).
But not including: European turbot (Scophthalmus maximus or Psetta maximus).
FlukeSee: Flounders
Flyingfishes and halfbeaksFamily Exocoetidae; Flyingfishes (Cypselurus species, and others); Ballyhoo or balao (Hemiramphus species).
FrostfishSee: Codfishes
GagSee: Sea Basses
GaribaldiSee: Damselfishes
Giant kelpfishHeterostichus rostratus
Gizzard shadSee: Herrings
Goatfishes or surmullets (Family Mullidae). Including: Goatfishes (Mullus species, Pseudupeneus species); Wekes or goatfishes (Mulloidichthys species, Upeneus species); Kumu (Parupeneus species); Red mullet (Mullus surmuletus).
Gobies (Family Gobidae), Including: Bigmouth sleeper or guavina (Gobiomorus dormitor); Sirajo goby (sicydium plumieri)
Goldeye and mooneye (Hiodon alosoides and Hiodon tergisus).
Goldfish See: Carps
Grayling See: Trouts
Graysby See: Sea Basses
Greenlings (Family Hexagrammidae), Including: Greenlings (Hexagrammos species); Kelp greenling or seatrout (Hexagrammos decagrammus); Lingcod, cultus orblue cod (Ophiodonelongatus); Atkamackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius).
Grindle See: Bowfin
Grouper See: Sea Basses
Grunion See: Silversides
Grunts (Family Pomadasyldae), Including; Grunts (Haemulon species, Pomadasys species); Margate (Haemulon album); Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineattum); Cottonwick (Haemulon melanurum); Sailors choice (Haemulon parral); Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus); Black margate (Anisotremus surinamensis); Sargo (Anisotremus davidsoni); Pigfish (Orthopristis chrysoptera).
Guavina See: Gobies
Haddock See: Codfishes
Hake See: Codfishes
Hakes(Family Meriucciidae), Including: Hakes (Merluccius species); Silver hake or whiting (Meriuccius bilinearis); Pacific hake or meriuccio (Meriuccius productus)
Halfbeak See: Flyingfishes
Halfmoon See: Sea chubs
Halibut See: Flounders
Hamlet See: Sea Basses
Hardhead See: Carps
Harvestfish See: Butterfishes
Hawkfishes(Family Cirrhitidae). Including: Hawkfishes (Cirrhitus species).
Herrings (Family Clupeidae), Including: Atlantic and Pacific herring (Clupae harengus subspecies); thread herrings (Opisthonema species); Shads (Alosa species); Shad or glut herring, or blueback (Alosa aestivalis); Hickory shad (Alosa mediocris); Alewife or river herring (Alosa pseudoharengus); Gizzard shads (Dorosoma species); Menhadens or mossbunkers (Brevoortia species); Spanish sardines (Sardineila anchovia); European sardine or pilchard (Sardina pilchardus); Pacific sardine or pilchard (Sardinops sagax); Spart (Sprattus sprattus)
Hind See: Sea Bass
Hogchocker See: Soles
Hogfish See: Wrasses
Horse mackerel See: Jacks
Jack Mackerel See: Jacks
Jacks and Pompanos (Family Charangidae) Including: Pompanos, palometas, and permits (Trachionotus species); Amberjacks and yellowtails (Seriola species); California yellowtail (Seriola dorsalls); Scads and cigarfish (Decapterus species, Selar species, Trachurus species); Jack mackerel or horse mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus); Jacks and uluas (Caranx species, Carangoides species); Crevalles (Caranx species); Blue runner (Caranx crysos); Rainbow runner (Elagatis bipinnulata); Moonfishes (Vomer species); Lookdown (Selene vomer); Leatherback or lae (Scomberoides sanctipetri); BUT NOT INCLUDING: LEATHERJACKET (Oligoplites saurus).
Jacksmelt See: Silversides
Jewfish See: Sea Basses
John Dory (Zeus faber)
Kelpfish See: Giant Kelpfish
Kingfish See: Drums, Mackerels
Ladyfish, or tenpounder (Elops saurus)
Lafayette See: Drums
Lake Herring See: Trouts
Largemouth bass See: Sunfishes
Leatherback See: Jacks
Lingcod See: Greenlings
Lizardfishes(Family Synodontidae)
Lookdown See: Jacks
Mackerel See also: Jacks
Mackerels, Atka See: Greenlings
Mackerels and tunas (Family Scombridae), Including: Mackerels (Scomber species, Scomberomorus species, Auxis species); Spanish mackerels, cero, and sierra (Scomberomorus species); King mackerel or kingfish (Scomberomorus cavalla); Bonitos (Sarda species); Wahoo (Acanthocybius solanderi); tunas (Thunnus species, Euthynnus species); Skipjack tunas (Euthynnus or Katsuwonus species); Albacore (thunnus alalunga) But not including: Snake mackerels.
MahimahiSee: Dolphin fishes
MargateSee: Grunts
Menhaden See: Herrings
Menpachii See: Squirrelfishes
Merluccio See: Hakes
Milkfish or awa (Chanos chanos)
Mojarras (Family Gerreidae) including: Mojarras (Eucinostomus species, Gerres species, Diapterus species)
Monkeyface prickleback or eel (Cebidichthys violaceus)
Mooneye See: Goldeye
Moonfsh See: Jacks
Mossbunker See: Herrings
Mouthbrooder See: Cichlids
Mullet See: Goatfishes
Mullets (Farnily Mugilidae) including: Mullets and amaamas (Mugil species); Uouoa (Neomyxus chaptallii); Mountain mullets or dajaos (agonostomus species)
Muskellunge See: Pikes
Mutton hamlet See: Sea Basses
Muttonfish See: Snappers
Needlefishes (Family Beslonidae) Needlefishes or marine gars (strongylura species, Tylosuru species)
Opaleye See: Sea chubs
Palometa See: Jacks
Parrotfishs (Family Scaridae) including: Parrotfishes and uhus (Scarus species, Slparisoma species)
Perch See also: Temperate basses, Drums, Cichlids, Surfperches, Scorpionfishes
Perches(Family Percidae) including: Yellow perch (Perca flavescens); Walleye, pike perch, or yellow or blue pike (Stizostedion vitreum); Sauget (Stizostedion canadense)
Permit See: Jacks
Pickerel See: Pike
Pigfish See: Grunts
Pike See also: Perches
Pikes (Family Esocidae) including; Pike (esox lucius); Pickerels (Esox species); Muskellunge (esox masquinongy)
Pikeperch See: Perches
Pilchard See Herrings
Pinfish See: Porgies
Plaice See: Flounders
Pollock See: Codfishes
Pomfret See: Atlantic pomfret
Pompano See: Jack, Butterfishes
Porgies and sea breams (Family Sparidae). Including: Porgies (Calamus species, Diplodus species, Pagrus species); Scup (Stenotomus chrysops); Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides); Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
Porkfish See: Grunts
Poutassou See: Codfishes
Prickleback See: Monkeyface prickleback, Rockprickleback (non kosher).
Queenfish See: Drums
Quillback See: Suckers
Rabalo See: Snooks
Ray’s bream See: Atlantic Pomfret
Red snapper See: Snappers
Redfish See: Scorpionfishes, Wrasses
Roach See: Carps
Rock bass See: Sunfishes
Rockhind See: Sea Basses
Rockfish See: Scorpionfishes, Temperate basses
Rosefish See: Scorpionfishes
RudderfishSee: Sea chubs
Runner See: Jack
Sablefish or black cod (Anoplopoma fimbria)
Sailors choice See: Grunts
Saithe See: Codfishes
Salmon See: Trouts
Sardine See: Herrings
Sargo See: Grunts
Sauger See: Perches
Scad See: Jacks
Scamp See: Sea Basses
Schoolmaster See: Snappers
Scorpionfishes (family Scorpaenidae), Including: Scorpionfishes (Scorpaena species); California scorpionfish or sculpin (Scorpaena guttata); Nohus (Scorpaenopsis species); Redfish, rosefish, or ocean perch (Sebasters marinus); rockfishes (Sebasters species, Sebastodes species); Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus); Chilipepper (Sebastes goodel); Bocaccio (Sebastes paucipinus); Shortspine thornyhead or channel rockfish (Sebastolobus alascanus)
Scup See: Porgies
Sea bass See also: Temperate basses, drums
Sea basses (Family Serranidae) including: Black sea basses (Centropristis species); Groupers (Epinephelus species, and Mycteroperca species); Rockhind (Epinephelus adscensionis); Speckled hind (Epinephelus drummondhayi); Red hind (Epinephelus guttatus); Jewfish (Epinephelus itajara); Spotted cabrilla (Epinephelus analogus); Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis); Scamp (Mycteroperca phenax); Graysby (petrometopon cruentatum); Mutton hamlet (Alphestes afer) Sand bass, kelp bass, and spotted bass (Paralabrax species)
Sea bream See: Porgies
Sea chubs (Family Kyphosidae) including: Bermuda chug or rudderfish (Kyphosus sectatrix); Opaleye (Girella nigrican); Halfmoon (Medialuna californiensis)
Seaperch See: Surfperches
Searobins(Family Triglidae); Searobins (Prionotus species)
Seatrout See: Drums, Greenlings, Steelhead
Shad See: Herrings
Sheepshead See: Porgies, Wrasses
Sierra See: Mackerels
Silversides (Family Athernidae) including: Whitebait, spearing, or silversides (Menidia species); California grunion (Leurusthes tenuis); Jacksmelt (Atherinopsis californiensis); Topsmelt (Atherinops affinis)
Sirajo goby See: Gobies
Skipjack See Mackerels
Sleeper See Gobies
Smallmouth bass See Sunfishes
Smelts (Family Osmeridae) including: Smelts (Osmerus species); Capelin (Malotus villosus); Eullachon (Thaleichthys pacificus)
Snapper blue See: Bluefish
Snappers (Family Lutjanidae) including: Snappers (Lutjanus species); Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus); Muttonfish or mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis); Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus); Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus); Kalikali (Pristipomoides sieboldi); Opakapaka (Pristipomoides microlepis); Onaga (Etelis carbunculus)
Snooks (Family Centropomidae) including: Snooks orrabalos (Centropomus species)
Sockeye salmon See: Trouts
Sole See also: Flounders
Soles (Family Soleidae), Including: Sole or true sole (solea solea); Lined sole (Achirus lineatus); Hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus).
Spadefishes (Family Ephippidae). Including: Spadefishes (Chaetodipterus species)
Spanish mackerel See: Mackerels
Spearing See: Silversides
Splitttail See: Carps
Spot See: Drums
Sprat See: Herrings
Squawfish See: Carp
Squirrelfishes(Family Holocentridae), Including: Squirrelfishes (Holocentrus species); Menpachii (Myripristis species).
Steelhead See: Trouts
Striped bass See: Temperate basses
Suckers(Family Catostomidae). Including: Buffalo fishes (Ictiobus species); Suckers (Catostomus species, Moxostoma species); Quillbacks or carpsuckers (Carpiodes species)
Sunfishes(Family Centrarchidae). Including: Freshwater basses (Micropterus species); Largemouth bass (Microterus salmoides); Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui); Sunfishes (Lepomis species); Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus); Warmouth (Lepomis macrochirus); Rock bass or red eye (Ambloplites rupestris); Crappies or calico basses (Pomoxis species)
Surfperches (Famly Embiotocidae). Including: Surfperches (Amphistichus species, Hyperprosopon species); Seaperches (Embiotoca species, Hypsurus species, Phanerodon species, Rhacochilus species); Blackperth (Embiotoca jacksoni); Pile perch (Rhacochilus vacca); Shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata).
Surgeonfishes (Family Acanthuridae). Including: Surgeonfishes and tangs (Acanthurus species, Zebrasoma species); Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirugus); Unicornfishes or kalas (Naso species).
Tang See: Surgeonfishes
Tarpon (Megalops atlantica)
Tautog See Wrasses
Temperate basses (Family Percichthyidae). Including: Striped bass or rockfish (morone saxatillis); Yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis); White bass (Morojne chrysops); White perch (Morone americana); Giant California sea bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Tench See: Carps
Tenpounder See Ladyfish
Threadfins (Family polynemidae) including: Blue bobo (Polydactylus approximans); Barbu (Polydactylus virginicus); Moi (Polydactylus sexfilis)
Tilapia See: Cichlids
Tilefishes (Family Branchiostegidae) including: tilefish (Logholatilus chamaeleonticeps) Ocean whitefish (Caulolatilus princeps)
Tomcod See: Codfishes
Tomtate See: Grunts
Tomsmelt See: Silversides
Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis)
Trouts and whitefishes (Family Salmonidae) including: Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar); Pacific salmons (Oncorhtnchus species); Coho or silver salmon; sockeye, blueback or red salmon; chinook, king or spring salmon; pink or humpback salmon; chum, dog or fall salmon, Trouts (Salmo species) Brown trout, rainbow trout or steelhead, cutthroat trout, golden trout, Chars (Salvelinus species); Lake trout, brook rout, Arctic char (salvelinus alpinus), Dolly Varden, Whitefishes and ciscos (coregonus species and Prosopium species); Cisco or lake herring (Corengonus artedii); chubs (coregonus species); graylings (thymallus Species)
Tuna See: Mackerels
Turbot See Flounder (some nonkosher)
Unicornfish See: Surgeonfishes
Wahoo See: Mackerels
Walleye See: Perches
Walleye pollock See: Codfishes
Warmouth See: Sunfishes
Weakfishes See: Drums
WhiteFish See: Trouts, Tilefishes
Whiting See: Codfishes, Hakes, Drums
Wrasses (Family Labridae) including: Hogfishes and aawas (Bodianus species); Hogfish or capitaine (Lachnolaimus maximus); Tautog or blackfish (Tautoga onitis); California sheephead or redfish (Pimelometopon pulchrum); Cunner, chogset, or bergall (Tautogolabrus adspersus)
Yellowtail See: Jacks
Yellowtail snapper See Snappers
Data Corroborated with Chabad and OU Kosher Fish Lists
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