Sugar Toad

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When I lived in Puerto Rico we frequently ate a fish called chapin. It apparently had an exoskeleton and no to few bones. The flesh was delicious. Is it related to the sugar toad?

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Chapin (boxfish, cowfish, trunkfish) are in a different family than pufferfishes but are closely related and share many characteristics. As you note, they have more of an external box-like skeleton-hence the name. There is rather little edible flesh inside the box-like body.

I love any coverage of this tasty fish, but I have to make one correction. These are very easy to prepare. We catch them in abundance in the cooler months off the beach in NC. It takes about 30 seconds to clean one. If the chefs in DC need some instruction, I recommend this teacher’s video