Species Name:Polyprion oxygeneios
New Zealand Groper (also known as Grouper or Wreckfish Sea Bass) is a deep-water species and one of the most sought after of all groupers, due to its reputation for superior flavor and texture. This king of the depths has a dark grey upper body and light grey/silver belly with a massive head and mouth.
Where: East Coast, New Zealand
How: Wild; Bottom Long-line
Depending on the size of the groper the flavor and texture can range from sweet and delicate in the smaller specimens to juicy and heavy-flaked on the larger fish. From the pristine depths of New Zealand, this Groper cooks up pearly white and is a highly sought after winner in its class.
For Your Menu
This fish holds together very well. Its thick flesh will soak up auxiliary flavors making it a flexible fish to work with.
For Your Waitstaff
If your customers are looking for something mild and sweet, suggest groper – they’ll love it! We recommend pairing this delicious fish with a refreshing New Zealand white wine or rose!
For Your Retail Display
This is a great option to recommend to customers looking for something new – it’s easy to cook, mild in flavor and works well in any recipe calling for bass or grouper.