I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties! There definitely should be a worning on the side of that dish and HOW AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT CAN SELL A FISH THAT NOONE EATS IN ITALY, MORE, ITS BANNED THERE. Thank you very much for writing this– I got some smoked butterfish about the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Never again!! It would also prevent the reputation of the real butterfish from being tarnished. When they have so many local fish? Lets just say there was some unexpected oily discharge in the morning after I had it for dinner the day before – and I had to have some thing professionally steam cleaned. It was a special. I am ok so far. What a horrible experience to have on a camping trip! It should be called escolar and nothing else. It’s so unfortunate that they don’t call this fish by its proper name. That’s why it’s on the menu as butterfish and white tuna. I have always loved Butter Fish, maybe moderation will be better next time. The symptoms experienced after eating escolar, though, are usually quite dramatic and often involves abdominal cramps as well. I’m sorry to hear this, Pam! The whole night and a large portion of the next day I cramped and leaked! Mike, you’re right when you say that small amounts are not likely a problem but if eating an average serving size of fish – not stuffing yourself or overeating (as you say) can make you quite sick, then I don’t believe it should be sold. My wife and I eat escolar sashimi once a month. Maybe if the fish was properly labelled with a warning, then that might be sufficient but the way it appears on most menus, my opinion is that it shouldn’t be served. I didn’t link it with the fish until I googled butterfish this morning. I saw the effects a few years ago when my husband returned from a dinner meeting where he had a “fabulous tasting white tuna”. Are you sure it wasn’t white albacore tuna? I hope it’s the shorter time for you. Very soon after finishing my meal I started to feel nauseous (the cappuccino and butter cookie I had immediately afterwards didn’t help! Although I had had butterfish before( ironicallyat a restaurant called butterfish ) this was the first time I became ill. I’ve never eaten Escolar. Yet even with abundant stocks of tasty Atlantic butterfish and people ready to catch them, the fish still need another ingredient: good branding. By the time we payed our bill, I started feeling very bad and my face turned white. Growing up in the Deep South, we had a butterfish, but it was closer to a pompano, than to either a tuna, or a cod. Fast forward about an hour to being doubled over in agony with orange oil dribbling out of my butt by gravity alone. I’m sorry to hear of your difficulties, Massimo. There are definitely different tolerances to substance as this time I ate two plate-fulls at a buffet with the discharge as the only symptom. My husband is another story, he had horrifying stomach cramps and the oily orange discharge, which was ejected forcefully from his rectum not by choice!!!! Well this morning I was wtf. The problem is that sometimes you may have no idea what you’re eating and that it could make you feel quite ill. Escolar is a perfect example. Butterfish are dull blue on the top, with pale sides and a silvery belly. Do you have a question? Nobody should eat either things on daily basis. We’re done. Small amounts may not cause symptoms. I made sure i called everyone I possibly could to rectify what is happening to me. I like to try new things so I ordered it. When you travel in serious baking circles the way I do—meaning you spend your days at Taste of Home and your nights discussing recipes with your mom—you inevitably start to get into the most minute details regarding ingredients. If it was, I would think that your portion was likely very small. Miranda, you may somehow be immune to escolar’s effects if you’re eating significant amounts and not reacting to it. Thank you for your post, I have albacore tuna sandwich at habit restaurant in los Angeles for 2 days and the next day I had diarrhea and stomach issues for the next 2 days. FYI it is listed as butterfish on the restaurant menu. But I thought, no, they can’t possibly serve up food that’s going to make people ill. Well, curiosity killed the cat and within minutes I started to feel a bit queasy, and within half an hour the full blown liquid diarrhoea had started. It is also known as skipjack and the dollarfish. If it was healthy, it often didn’t taste great. Have you ever seen escolar listed on a menu? Examples of potentially toxic foods: starfruit or fiddlehead. The whole issue of calling fish by other names is a huge problem these days. But it can be horrendous, which seems as though it would be enough of a reason to ban the sale of this fish as Italy and Japan have done. Hence I have never had a problem. Watch out if eating at a seafood restaurant in the food market area in Vienna. Buy whole fish in store and I never eat white fish out anymore, just can’t trust it. I strongly agree with you. Interested in trying butterfish for yourself? This fish is rarely available for sale or offered in restaurants. Our underwear and nightwear were stained with it. There are many causes of abdominal pain and it is very important that your doctor determines what is the main cause. Since I liked it, I decided to buy more. But a black eye too! The manager, though, should be telling pans. Thanks for the useful informations! I agree that there should be more public information and particularly by restaurants who serve it, but certainly any sort if ban is nanny state over-kill. Whichever website I found (no idea what it was) equated it to eating several sticks of butter in one sitting and then expecting your body to be able to handle it. During the afternoon session I felt a little unwell with indigestion type symptoms. I asked the waiter what it was. I am curious to know how many of the incidents of “bad” butterfish (ie. I hope you’re feeling better. Danny Itzkovitz of Tamara’s Cafe in Apalachicola is one of many chefs who recently started serving lionfish. Had a shower, but shortly after, here comes the oil again, sat on the toilet all that day, with huge roll of toilet paper. Why the panic? Well here in Malaysia they sell this white fish and call it Cod or Halibut when it fact it seems to be anything but that. Shortly after eating my stomach felt sore. Ive eat them in cape town..the fish is very nice, but ive been bleading oil from my ass for two days..just oil ..no diarrea..batter if u frosen before and eat small of it! It may be that when you have come across escolar, you may have only had a small portion and that’s why you haven’t been ill. That is a horrible story, Lisa! Helping everyone to understand behaviours of children, teenagers and adults might be facing. The family Stromateidae or butterfish contains 15 species of fish in three genera. Another couple from the wedding party had purchased some at the supermarket in Princeville and bbq’d it in some tin foil with a splash of italian dressing. You’re right that only eating small amounts – or maybe none at all- is a solution. That said, it’s also incredibly easy to avoid escolar poisoning. Butterfish was ok for me most of the time and I don’t mind the flavour whereas my husband does not like it at all. I had Butterfish, identified in small print that it could cause an upset stomach. 2 fat slices of white tuna-like delicious meat. You may be one of the lucky ones to not have any side effects, Betsy, and while it may be good tasting, for many people, it’s simply not worth the risk of how dreadful they feel afterwards. My stomach felt sore the morning after, but I saved myself from much more suffering… what a horrible experience. Love this version! The most dominant characteristic which helps identify the butterfish are their wavy ’mohawk’- like pectoral and anal fins that help them blend into the k… OH MY TUMMY ): Sorry to hear of your troubles, Freda. While portions are likely much smaller at sushi restaurants, (which may save you from any symptoms), if you are a fan of the newer “all you can eat sushi” places, beware. Considering the symptoms may include one or more of the following: the rectal passage of an oily yellow or orange substance (called keriorrhoea), diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and headache, a person could feel quite ghastly afterwards. The consequences of eating the fish have nothing to do with freshness. It seems that this is happening globally and consumers should not stand for it! Also not excepting any responsibility for that. I go to a place and sometimes I eat a ton of it without so much as a stomach cramp. I also have IBS…now my husband has much milder symptoms but the same oily yellow discharge. Consumers perceive value based on the size of the seafood, its flavor, texture and appearance. After two hours I ended up in an emergency room with nausea, cramps, shortness of breath, and vomiting. In 2017 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that Atlantic butterfish “are not overfished and not subject to overfishing.” They’re tasty too. I was very surprised I hadn’t come across it before. As I’m always concerned about the sustainability of the seafood I eat, I double-checked the type of fish with the waiter, as it was listed on the menu as being “butter fish'” which I’d never heard of. We even liked it so much that we went back a second time, again with no ill effects. I’m sorry to hear of your nasty night, Lesley! This fish, as is done in Italy and Japan, should not be sold. Further to my earlier post, the walu/ escolar you write about bears no resemblance to the butterfish I eat in Thailand. There was another article I found that describes butterfish as being a preperation method rather than a species or type of fish, but is usually made with black cod or something. . Last night–24 hours after eating the fish–I had diarrhea with the orange oily color/substance…it was bad…bathroom 3 times and uneasy stomach.