How to Cook Escolar Fish

by Joe Ashton

A cooked white fish fillet.

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Escolar is a creamy fish that melts in your mouth. It's found worldwide in tropical and temperate waters, but it can be difficult to purchase outside of big cities due to availability. Escolar is known for its high content of oil called gempylotoxin, which can cause indigestion and flu-like symptoms for some who consume the fish. Escolar can be a delicious fish, but make sure you do not have any allergies to the oils before consuming.

Season the fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.

Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary and minced garlic in a small bowl.

Rub the seasoning mix all over the escolar fillets.

Preheat the broiler.

Wrap the lower part of the broiler pan with aluminum foil and place the slotted upper pan inside.

Lay the escolar fillets on the slotted upper pan.

Broil the escolar for five minutes and then flip it with a spatula.

Broil the escolar fillets for five more minutes. Make a small incision in the center of the steak to make sure it is no longer translucent.


  • Grilling escolar covered over a medium-high heat is equivalent to broiling. For safe consumption fish should be cooked 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

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Joe Ashton started writing professionally in 2006. He has more than five years of experience writing and editing in broadcast, print and online journalism for a variety of companies including several television stations. Ashton holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from Idaho State University.