While out snorkeling for crabs we found a spot in the mandurah estuary that has a good population of razorfish. I reckon they taste really good but you don't get much to eat from each one. I boiled them in salt water but i am interested to hear of other peoples methods to cook them.

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 Clean them up and shallow

Sat, 2014-03-01 06:31

 Clean them up and shallow fry in olive oil. Not quite as good as a scallop but pretty tasty.


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Razor fish

Sat, 2014-03-01 06:32

Yep, not much in them. Sort of like killing a cow and only eating the eyeballs.


I assume you are only eating the muscle?
I used to cut the muscle out, sort of looks like a scallop disc now. Fry it up with a dollop and garlic, yum!



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 Yeah just the round white

Sat, 2014-03-01 06:35

 Yeah just the round white disc part Willy.

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beautiful pickled!!

Sat, 2014-03-01 06:46

beautiful pickled!!


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heaps in the swan river too

Sat, 2014-03-01 08:17

heaps in the swan river too

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 Thanks for your suggestions

Sat, 2014-03-01 17:05

 Thanks for your suggestions guys. Will clean them first next time and try your methods. They sound tasty.

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never even seen one of these

Sun, 2014-03-02 18:54

never even seen one of these before. They look pretty big.

Is the meat you get around the same size as a scallop then?


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Sun, 2014-03-02 22:19

They are absolute crap to eat , LOL. For anyone interested, they arn't worth the effort so don't bother getting any. 

Plenty of info on youtube of how to clean and cook them, but they have quite a few names. Try Pinna Bicolor, or Pinna shell. Not as good as a scollop, but not bad at all . 

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I found

Sat, 2014-07-05 07:21

 I found a pile of about 50 shucked shells on the waters edge a few months back. So if you do find a heap guys please don't be greedy

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 They should make them

Wed, 2014-07-09 08:34

 They should make them protected, theres not that many around and bugger all meat in them.

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Agreed Axey, we have quite a

Wed, 2014-07-09 09:04

Agreed Axey, we have quite a few in certain locations here in SA but the beds are sometimes hammered hard at times, We have a limit of 20 per person or 40 per boat here but I think it should be around half that.

That being said most of the depletion is done by persons taking more than they are allowed so more policing would be better. about once a year I hear of someone getting pinged but I know the lawbreakers are out a hell of a lot more often than that.


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Tue, 2014-07-08 13:06

I find unless deep frying in a batter, all fishy stuff is far better shallow fried in butter. The butter is far more gentle tasting and will not overcome the fishy taste.

i would fry them in butter very quickly either side and you could add lemon after, or a bit of parsley. While frying in the butter add a clove garlic sliced in half, so the garlic infuses in the butter. then u just chuck the garlic out but will get nice flavour through the meat.

I always like to add tabasco as well.

And of course a little salt and pepper always are essential.

just make sure you dont cook too long or will be like rubber. you will figure out pretty soon the perfect timing.

my dad is a chef (specialises in seafood) so i picked up a few tricks off him and although i have never cooked razorfish i would assume same sorta rules apply as scallops.



another thing you could try is making some kind or marinade if they dont taste too flash and then flame grill it on bbq. again, not too long. as long as marinade is tasty then you wont taste the meat too much.


i know this is getting a bit too fancy, but you can buy banana leaf from most vegie shops. if you wrap it in that and flame grill it, it will keep moisture in and be very soft and juicy.

ive cooked whole KG, snapper fillets, emperor etc. in banana leaf with some kinda marinade or made up stuffing in the leaf with it and it cannot be beaten. the banana leaf is magic. makes it so juicy.

im starting to drool now.


good luck


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Thanks Fausto79

Wed, 2014-07-09 06:47

Some good advice there. cheers

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they taste great

Wed, 2014-07-09 10:07

I axe both ends,cut white meat out,fry in butter and garlic,taste great but pain in the ass to clean ,left overs make great k,g bait and burley.

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New to WA

Sat, 2024-03-02 05:30

I'm looking for a spot to dive for some razor fish.


any tips on where a good spot might be??