To maximise their eating qualities, butterbream should be killed humanely by iki jime before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- A small, diamond-shaped fish. Adults are bright silver in colour with yellow/brown fins. Juvenile butterbream are more colorful with yellow over most of the dorsal fin and two vertical black bands over the head and through the large eyes.
- Butterbream can be encountered throughout northern Australia as far south as Mallacoota, Victoria. Elsewhere this species occurs throughout much of the tropical, Indo-west Pacific region from eastern Africa, throughout the Persdian Gulf, India and Asia and as far east as Samoa.
- This species mainly inhabits estuaries, bays and harbours, but may also be encountered offshore over artificial structures or natural reefs. They are particularly common around jetties and wharf pilings where they may occur in large schools. Juveniles may even enter the lower reaches of freshwater streams and rivers.
Fish Size Common Length:
10-20 cm (4-8 inches), maximum size around 27 cm (10 inches).