Butterfish are also called Greenbone because their bones have a greenish tinge. Butterfish are prized for their very clean, delicate flavour, translucent flesh and ability to flake well. This fish is also wonderfully tender and moist when cooked, hence the ‘butteriness’ they are attributed with. Try butterfish steamed, baked; marinated; poached; smoked; grilled; or fried.
Butterfish start life and mature as females, with brown to green colouring. As they grow older, they turn into males and become dark blue-black.