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Barbunya (Red Mullet)

The attractive, reddish, crispy skin of fried Barbunya covers this incredibly palatable and delicate meat

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Barbunya, or red mullet, is both nice-looking and tasty. The fish is dusted in seasoned flour and fried in sunflower oil—a simple recipe, but a truly rewarding taste. Its nice red tinge becomes even more intense after cooking. Red mullet season runs from October to January.

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