Silver pomfret can be a confusing fish. It goes by a variety of names, and there are several similar species that may be substituted. But it is savory, with firm flesh that doesn’t flake, and lacks the “fishy” taste of many saltwater species.

In Japan, it is called “managatsuo” or “like bonito,” because bonito is not found in the Seto Inland Sea where the pomfret is caught. Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures, on this sea, are leading ports, as is Nagasaki, which borders the East Ch…