New Zealand Sea Bass (Hapuka)

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Species Name:
Polyprion oxygeneios
Sustainability Rating:

Grey – Unrated

What:

Also known as Hapuka, Hapuku or Whapuku (or Groper in New Zealand) is a member of the Wreckfish family.  This deep-water species and sought after fish has a reputation for its superior flavor and texture.

When:
Available year-round
Where/How:

Where: East Coast, New Zealand

How: Wild; Bottom Longline

 

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Characteristics

Depending on the size of the fish, 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 fish 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 New Zealand Sea Bass – they’ll love it! We recommend pairing this delicious fish with a refreshing New Zealand white wine or rosé!


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.