Venomous fish wildly popular at Manhattan eatery

Chef Sean John of 'Spur Tree' prepared fried lionfish.

- Hot spot Spur Tree at Norman Cay's on Orchard St. in the Lower East Side isn't scaring anyone away with the venomous fish offered as an entree.

According to chef and owner Sean John, the lionfish found in the Pacific Ocean and now being found in the Caribbean, is selling like hot cakes.

With it's 18 needle-like dorsal fins, the red-and-white zebra-striped fish can't hurt you once it's fried.

"It is actually super delicious, but this (the top part) is extremely dangerous. It gives off a toxin," said John.

But once the fish is dead, the venom is, too.

"If you actually get stung by it when you’re diving you just put some warm water on it and it breaks up the protein," said John.

At Spur Tree, the lionfish is deep-friend and served with peppers, onions, vinegar and pimento.

For more information, visit NORMANCAYSNYC.COM.

 

 

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